"We had a lot of fun in Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1970s while we developed our capoeira. Ricardo became the first mestre of the YMCA of Governors’ Island and, in 1976, introduced capoeira to North Carolina, United States."
—Mestre Paulo Siqueira, Nzinga School of Capoeira, Germany
"Mestre Ricardo has a talent for sharing his technical knowledge of capoeira in ways that result in happy and interested students."
—Professor Geraldo C. Barbosa, cofounder of the YMCA of Governors’ Island