When Mestre Suassuna started Capoeira he did not fix himself to a group, but rather learned to love Capoeira as a whole, irrespective of whether it was Angola or Regional. Meeting people from the Academies of Mestre Bimba and Mestre Pastinha. He took part in presentations in Salvador, Brazil with Mestre Canjiquinha, Mestre Gato, Mestre Caiçara all of which served as an excellent base for developing his work and arriving to where he is today: international recognition.
At the beginning of the 1960s, Mestre Suassuna shone in Bahia with his Capoeira shows and received many invitations from other states and abroad. In 1965 he left Bahia for São Paulo – the land of rain, with the intention of opening an academy and succeeding in a life of Capoeira.
The mission was to develop Capoeira as folklore and a sport. At the beginning this would prove very hard; he was far from his friends, working various jobs and had financial difficulties. After a lot of struggle, he met some people from Itabuna that took him to Ze Freita’s Academy, in São Paulo, Brazil. This is where he met Brasilia. In 1967, together with Brasilia, he founded the group “Capoeira Cordão de Ouro”.
Today, Mestre Suassuna is dearly liked and respected. He is proud to see that his group’s work is well structured and full of creativity, with members and groups all over the world, including the cities Manchester and Liverpool in the UK. His many achievements include various presentations, the recording of four compact discs, the directing of the Show Group of Cordão de Ouro, the creation and development of the “Miudinho Game” and the conducting of workshops and seminars in several states in Brazil and around the world.