Mestre Suassuna (Reinaldo Ramos Suassuna, born in 1938) is one of the best-known and acclaimed names of capoeira. He is the founder, together with Mestre Brasilia, of the capoeira group called Cordão De Ouro and the creator of a particular training style called Miudinho, practised in the group today. Originally from Itabuna, in the state of Bahia, he was one of the first capoeiristas to move to São Paulo, in a period where capoeira was heavily stigmatized.
Because of a physical handicap in his legs, young Suassuna followed the doctor’s recommendation to take up a sport that was not soccer. He started practicing capoeira in his home town of Itabuna in 1957/58, later joining Mestre Bimba’s academy in Salvador. He trained in Salvador with other legends of Capoeira such as Mestre Canijiquinha, Mestre Gato, Mestre Waldemar, and soon opened a small academy in Itabuna. His style was influenced by the likes of Mestre Waldemar, Mestre Pastinha and Mestre Bimba, and, by attentively observing the different aspects of these great masters, he developed his own game as one of the most complete and technically advanced capoeira styles that is still revered today (and the focal point of the Cordao de Ouro academies worldwide).
He became best known for his amazing agility, technique, speed of execution, sense of mood, and creativity and his students gave rise to a new way of interpreting the capoeira game, rich in plastic movements, that essentially evolved into what is today taught as contemporary capoeira. Mestre Suassuna has had a monumental career not only as a capoeirista but also as a musician, being one of the main figures responsible for the global expansion of Capoeira we see today. His biggest achievement is without doubt the promotion and development of the cultural and social aspects of capoeira, by actively preserving its beauty as an art form.
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