The ABC of M João Pequeno
1917 - Was born on 27th December in Araci, son of Maria Clemença de Jesus and Maximiliano Pereira dos Santos, a cowboy in the Vargem do Canto farm in the Queimadas region.
1932 - Ran away from draught on foot, going to Alagoinhas and later to Mata de São João where he stayed for 10 years working on the sugar cane plantations with oxen.
1932/3 - Started to learn capoeira with M Juvenço (Ferreiro or Gordo).
1942 - At 25 years of age moved to Salvador and started to learn with M Barbosa.
1949 - Started to learn in Bigode with M Pastinha, who right away offered him the treinel position.
1959 - Travelled to Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre with M Pastinha, M Canjiquinha and M Gigante.
1982 - In January participated in an encounter of Old Masters together with M Waldemar, M Canjiquinha, M João Grande, M Gato Preto and M Cobrinha Verde. On 2nd May created the Academy of João Pequeno de Pastinha in the Santo Antônio Além do Carmo fortress.
1984 - Participated in the great event in Rio de Janeiro together with M Waldemar, M Gato Preto, M Canjiquinha and M Paulo dos Anjos.
1988 - Participated in an event of the Palmares grouo in Floripa together with M Bobó and M Curió.
1989 - Participated in the anniversary roda in M Itapoan's event together with M Waldemar, M Gigante, M Paulo dos Anjos and M João Grande. In the same year participated in the recording of M Jelon's CD together with M Bobó and M João Grande.
2000 - Recorded his CD called Capoeira Angola with Alex Muniz (listen above).
2008 - Received the honoris causa doctorate from the Federal University of Bahia.
2011 - Died on the 9th December.