Sequoia and Chipa met through Capoeira in 2013. They were both passionate about fitness, health, and culture, and dreamed of opening a gym that would double as a community center. Axé Oakland is the manifestation of their shared vision!


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3261 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94609

(831) 402-7720 | axeoakland@gmail.com


Professor Chipa

My objective is to spread knowledge about my culture and history and to share my passion of Capoeira with children and adults in low income, refugee and disadvantaged communities - Professor Chipa

Professor Chipa of Ginga Mundo Capoeira Association has been a student of the Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira for 27 years and has been teaching Capoeira for 18 years throughout Brazil and the world. At the age of 6, in his hometown of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Chipa was introduced to Capoeira by Mestre Sabia (founder of Ginga Mundo Capoeira). Capoeira gave Chipa an opportunity to be a part of a larger community and develop his own sense of leadership. By the age of 16, Chipa had become a Capoeira Instructor’s assistant and provided younger peers with opportunities to learn Capoeira and continue the tradition of building a strong community. Chipa has traveled the world to spread his knowledge and experience of Capoeira in places like China, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Australia, and now the United States of America. He is a renown Capoeirista worldwide and is the Champion of the Red Bull Paranae Competition in Barcelona, Spain 2016. Chipa arrived in the U.S. in 2011 and has already gained a strong following in the Bay Area community with his hard work and dedication. Chipa’s continuous work with Capoeira has helped children and youth from low income communities gain better knowledge of themselves both physically and emotionally; therefore, improving our community as a whole through after-school programs and Get Empowered, a non-profit public program.
Professor Chipa provides an exciting and high-energy class that facilitates improvement in coordination, endurance, memory, balance, music, language, core strength and flexibility. He specializes in youth and adult classes starting at age 3. Capoeira is a fun and unique way to explore your body’s abilities.


Coach Sequoia

Sequoia is a personal trainer and nutritionist practicing in Oakland, CA. She is passionate about helping women get strong, fit, and flexible. Her goal is to help you meet your goals, whatever they may be! She trains women in their 20s and women in their 70s. She trains pregnant women, recent moms, and women with injuries. She’s got you whether you've never worked out before (she has clients who literally never worked out before they met her) or are training for a marathon! She is inspired every day by the women who she trains.

Sequoia’s credentials include:

NASM certified personal trainer

Certified spin instructor

Certified kettlebell instructor

Certified strength training instructor

Certified zumba instructor

Certified nutritional therapist



  • Battle Ropes & Pulleys

  • Suspended Ropes

  • Barbells & Bumper Plates

  • Free Weights

  • Weight Training Gloves

  • Step Benches

  • Yoga Mats & Blocks

  • Kettlebells

  • Custom Obstacle Course

  • Large Outdoor Space

  • Showers & Towels

  • Drinks and Snacks