He began the apprenticeship of Capoeira as a boy in his hometown, Itabuna-BA, due to a muscular problem in his lower limbs, which forced him to practice a sport.
At that time, he was a regular in street rodas (the circle in which two capoeiristas play Capoeira) which were attended by great capoeiristas in the region, such as Mestres Sururú, Bigode de Arame and Maneca Brandão.
In the quest for more knowledge, he occasionally travelled to Salvador, where he visited the most famous Bahia Capoeira grounds.
Mestres Bimba, Canjiquinha, Pastinha, Waldemar, Caiçara and a few others, became references for the development of Mestre Suassuna’s work, with special emphasis on first two who eventually recognised his work and awarded him his mastership.
In 1965, Mestre Suassuna moved to São Paulo and in 1967 he created the Cordão de Ouro Capoeira group together with Mestre Brasilia in Vila Mariana, following the philosophy of ACRESI (Academia Regional de Itabuna) which would later become ACRESP.
He is in the hall of fame of the great names who have worked for the good of Capoeira and capoeiristas.