Monitor Grilo discovered Capoeira as an undergraduate at UC Irvine where he met Professor Corpo Fechado. Since then, he has trained under the guidance of Professor Corpo Fechado for over 10 years. His passion for movement is realized through his experience with different movement arts, such as acro yoga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is manifested through his focus on form and fluidity in Capoeira. Monitor Grilo believes in Capoeira as an instrument of expression that can enable students to grow interpersonally and as members of their community.
Outside of Capoeira, Monitor Grilo has a background in biomedical engineering and is pursuing a career in medical devices.