1925 - Was born.
1936 - Moved to Santo Amaro and started to learn with Antônio Asa Branca.
1976 - The future M Ivan started to learn capoeira with him at 10 years of age.
1985 - Macaco who learned with himi since the 70-s became a master.
1987 - From December there's material of him participating in the I Batismo de Capoeira Ajagunã de Palmares on the island of Santa Catarina.
1988 - From November there's material of him from the 2° Batismo de Capoeira Palmares Sul in Floripa, SC.
1989 - Interviewed by mestres Itapoan, Luiz Renato and Eziquiel in Santo Amaro da Purificação.
1990 - In October he gave classes in the Capoeira Angola Palmares Sul encounter. A photo with Lucia Correia Lima.
1991 - A photo of him together with M Nô in front of his house in Santo Amaro.
1994 - Interview to Matthias Assunção on the 5th September (not published).
1995 - Interview to Matthias Assunção on the 28th January (not published).
1998 - Died at 72 years of age.
M Ivan, 2008
Interview to Lang Maria Liu-
«My Mestre’s name was Ferreirinha. He came to Santo Amaro when he was ten and started learning capoeira with Antônio Asa Branca – White Winged Antonio – a capoeira master from Santo Amaro. They say that Mestre Antônio Asa Branca played capoeira best when he was drunk, but Mestre Ferreirinha didn’t like to drink! I used to drink like crazy, but now I only have a beer once in a while. If I have two, I get drunk and it’s no good. I was ten, like my mestre, when I started capoeira in 1976. I was at a birthday party and we were really poor, so I didn’t have money to pay for capoeira classes. Ferreirinha said, «Look, if you give me the cake money, you can train capoeira. Don’t worry! You’ll pay, eventually!» He didn’t beat me up, but was he ever tough! When it was time to pay, he’d bring me into the forest to help him cut beriba wood. I was too short to do it properly, but I did what I could. I spent ten years with him.
«I started training at Ferreirinha’s house. The place [..] must have been three by three metres, but he had a ton of students, and the class and roda took place in there! It was a different period. It used to be a community of manguezal.
«Mestre Ferreirinha was Catholic, though. He had an altar dedicated to Santo Antônio. Back then, there’d be a prayer at his house – he’d make offerings, light candles and start the capoeira class. One day the roda got heated up. Two of his students were playing and one guy gave the other a benção kick. The guy fell on the altar, knocked it over and it caught fire! [..] Mestre Ferreirinha kicked everyone out and there was no capoeira for a month!
«[M Ferreirinha] only gave capoeira classes. He came from a family of carpenters, so he knew how to make atabaque drums, but they weren’t for sale. Dona Gilda, a historian in Santo Amaro, knows a lot more stories than I do about him. She lost her job as the director of a school in Santo Amaro because she defended Ferreirinha. Ferreirinha needed a larger space to teach capoeira, because he had a lot of students, so he spoke to Dona Gilda, who was his friend and asked her, «Ma’am, can you please find a room for me to teach in the school?» «Of course,» she said, and she found a space for him. The Mayor or the Secretary of Education went to her and said, «Dona Gilda, are you bringing a negro into our school to do capoeira? If you keep this up, you’re going to lose your job.» She felt like she had to quit after that. Mestre Ferreirinha kept teaching in his home. A couple of years later, he spent a year with the infantry in Santo Amaro and was able to teach capoeira there.
«Ferreirinha’s training was tough and I haven’t changed a thing.
«[M Ferreirinha] died at seventy-two... I’d have to look at his documents. He came to Santo Amaro at ten looking for work, because he’d run away from home – his godfather [stepfather?] used to beat him up – and he never went back.
«He knew João Pequeno and Pastinha. He spent a lot of time with Pastinha, in fact. They were from the same period.
«Nobody could play berimbau like him. Dona Gilda once said that he didn’t know how to play berimbau. Just imagine! If that’s true, I’m never playing berimbau for Dona Gilda!
«[..] he told stories about his own mestre. He used to say that when Mestre Asa Branca played, you could do what you wanted with him, but when he was drunk the shit would hit the fan! He once beat up a policeman – sent him flying on top of a wall, seven palms high! Mestre Asa Branca was in a street roda that day, when a policeman told them they couldn’t play capoeira. Since he was drunk, he said, «Yes, we can.» «No, you can’t.» When the policeman pulled out his weapon, Mestre Asa Branca gave the guy a hammer kick that sent him flying.
«Mestre Ferreirinha only organized a street roda if there was a festival. Sometimes on my birthday, he’d do a roda and people could come and watch me get beaten up!»