Professor Urso Polar started training capoeira in 2002. After a 2.5 month stint in Brazil, he returned home to Chicago and joined Gingarte in the fall of 2003. His continued training has led him to attend numerous events here within the U.S., as well as Brazil. He received his “professor” cord in 2016 and teaches in the Gingarte academy in Chicago. As the group’s videographer/editor, he also contributes by producing trailers used for grant submittals as well as promotional use via social media forums.