Cordão De Ouro
By Mestre Boca Rica
"Quando eu morrer, me enterre na Lapinha...
Calça culote, paletó, almofadinha...
Adeus Bahia, zum,zum, zum, Cordão de Ouro..."
The Association of Capoeira Cordão de Ouro was founded by Master Suassuna in the 60s, more exactly in September, 1st 1967, together with Mestre Brasilia, a time of great festivals of Brazilian popular music. When you hear the chorus of the song up on a radio, the both, now with the idea of opening a gym, decided to use the name Cordão de Ouro, because it is Beetle Cordão de Ouro, a former Capoeira Angola and the Regional Division. Master Suassuna´s teached Capoeira Regional and Capoeira Angola Mestre Brasília within the same space. After a short period, Mestre Brasilia´s decided to found his own group, São Bento Grande.
In this difficulty for capoeira, when persecution of the dictatorship and prejudice prevented their development in the South, Master Suassuna, Bahia Itabuna, newly arrived in Sao Paulo, continued the work and performed strongly, showing the techniques of the game and fight season , opening the first academy in the capital state. With hard work, did not take long to have his first wobbly, such as Boden, Ezra Son, Tarzan, Tweak, Almir Sands, Caius, and many others.
Sheltered from the north and northeast capoeiristas who came here in order to better spread the art of capoeira, making reference to their fitness for the formation of a large crop of new teachers in São Paulo soil. Capoeira Cordão de Ouro was the birthplace of many prominent names. Besides those already mentioned, the Masters came Flávio Tucano, Biriba, Dal, Marcelo Caveirinha, Urubú Malandro, Espirro Mirim, Xavier, Lúcifer, Torinho, Pial, Cangurú, Sarará, Zé Antônio, Ponciano, Bolinha, Geraldinho, without also forget Master Cicero, Master Ze Carlos and Penteado, although heating grandchildren have an invaluable resource for students Master Suassuna value and Cordão de Ouro Group, among the many who would complete a huge list.
Always restless Master Suassuna never settled, keeping your work continuously recycled, creating after years, the Game of Miudinho. A new team of capoeiristas enrich your library against master: Boca Rica, Habibs, Mintirinha, Kibe, Denis, Saroba, Coruja, Chicote, Chiclete, Kino, Pintado, Lú Pimenta, Barata, Esquilo, Romualdo and others, regents a new and rich game, better known as choosy generation plastics movements.
Today, with numerous subsidiaries in Brazil and abroad, the Cordão de Ouro Group has an important role among all groups of capoeira, not only by representing the Master Suassuna for sport and culture, but also for the work done by him and their supporters. In order to keep poultry in a highly technical level, interacting speed, agility, resilience, creativity, music and malice, without forgetting its roots.
This effort has been offset by the dedication of capoeiristas who follow the philosophy of the group
by Mestre Boca Rica
“Eu venho de longe, venho de Itabuna...
Jogo capoeira, meu nome é Suassuna...”
Reinaldo Ramos Suassuna,
Master Suassuna, is one of
best known and talented
names in the history of capoeira!
He began the apprenticeship as a boy in his hometown, Itabuna-BA, because of a muscular problem in his legs that forced him to practice some sport.
At this time, attended street rodas where great capoeiristas were in the region, such as Masters Sururu, Bigode de Arame and Maneca Brandão.
To get more knowledge, occasionally he´s travelled to Salvador, where attended the most famous terraces of capoeira of Bahia.
The Masters Bimba, Canjiquinha, Pastinha, Waldemar, Caicara and some others, teachers have become the reference to develop their work, the first two were the most prominently and that became to diploma it in the future, recognizing his work as a teacher.
In 1965, Master Suassuna came to São Paulo in 1967 and created the Cordão de Ouro group together with Master Brasilia in Vila Mariana, following the same way of ACRESI (Academia Regional de Itabúna) that would become ACRESP.
There are in the hall of the big names that working for capoeira and capoeiristas.
Mestre Chicote began Capoeira at the age of ten years old by playing in the streets. Then, noticed by Mestre Matias (today in Switzerland), he started to train in the group Berimbau de Ouro. In 1996, he became part of group Cordão De Ouro and has never looked back. He's traveled all of Brazil, gaining knowledge from many Mestres and enriching his diversity in the art and culture of Capoeira. All the while he's maintained a successful Cordão De Ouro branch within Patos de Minas (Minas Gerais). This social and educational project makes it possible for several teenagers to be fully invested and to reach high levels, such as Professor Piolho, Instructor Tizil, Tineca, Dino... and many others who, in Chicote's absence, have taken charge of the overseeing of this project and are continuing to make it a grand success.
Once Chicote arrived in the UNITED STATES In 2001, he settled in Iowa, where he taught Capoeira for the PLAIN club of the local university (Cedar Falls). This is a project founded and maintained by Jill Hartleip, Instrutora Pulginha. He continued to contribute to the establishment of Cordão De Ouro in the Midwest by assisting with the arrival of Contra Mestre Denis (2003) and Instructor Xara (2004). He then made his way west to California where he established other schools being led by his teachers in LA, Oakland, Emeryville, Vallejo ,South Korea, and Central Coast. Contra-Mestres Berinjela and Xangô, ProfessorZumbi , Instructor Cozinhero, Instructora Menina, Instrctor Coxinha, and Monitor Macaco are currently leading branches of his schools.
A subsequent course of events led him to France where he settled in Paris in March 2005. He began sharing his knowledge and his experience with the pupils of The Association of Capoeira Cordão De Ouro – Paris. He invited then Contra Mestre Piolho to join him in France. Since their arrival in France, the Cordão de Ouro capoeira - Paris branch has flourished and enjoyed several successful events and a substantially growing contingent of students.