Brisa and Rilene came to London in the early 1990s and founded one of the first capoeira groups in the UK, the independent group, Amazonas Capoeira. They were joined subsequently by their brother, Boneco and sister, Paulinha. Another brother, Zangado, is a capoeira contemporanea mestre living in Marseilles, France.
In 2005 the group met Mestre Roberval who transformed their vision of capoeira and in 2011 they, together with his students in Sweden formed MQFSM. The MQFSM UK 'Amazonas family' is well known in the capoeira community in the UK, Europe and Brazil as a friendly, welcoming and energetic capoeira school. It is one of very few groups to be run by women and works closely with other UK-based groups.