Grande Mestre Suassuna
Mestre Suassuna is one of the foremost exponents of capoeira in the world, with more than 50,000 students in various branches of his Cordão de Ouro academy around the world.
Born and raised in Itabuna in Brazil, Mestre Suassuna began practicing capoeira in his early teens because it was prescribed to him by a doctor, as treatment for a physical handicap in his legs. He graduated under Mestre Sururu and Mestre Abine before training under Mestre Waldemar, Mestre Canjiquinha, and Mestre Bimba.
In the early 1960s, he became a prominent practitioner of capoeira in Bahia, receiving numerous invitations to present his capoeira show in other Brazilian states and abroad. In 1965 he moved to São Paulo with the intention of opening an academy and making a career in capoeira. And in September 1967, along with Mestre Brasilia, he founded Associacao de capoeira Cordão de Ouro.
Mestre Suassuna has produced many capoeira shows and recorded a lot of capoeira music and also directed the Cordão de Ouro Show Group. Among his finest and most notable achievements is the invention of Miudinho, a rhythm based version of capoeira with it’s own unique and distinct style and musical rhythms.