Syed (Contramestre Mangangá) is a world-renowned teacher and practitioner of Capoeira Angola of the new generation, with nearly 20 years of experience in the world of Capoeira. He is known for his zen-like approach to teaching and playing Capoeira.
Syed has been teaching in Seattle and Tacoma since 2005. He has taught workshops all over the United States as well as internationally. He has extensively traveled throughout 11 states in Brazil playing and teaching Capoeira. He is the founder of the Seattle Capoeira Center, a branch of Capoeira Angola Palmares that is directly connected to the Grande Mestre of Capoeira Angola, Mestre Nô, who is considered the Master of Masters in the Capoeira community. Syed is one of only three North Americans having been promoted to Contramestre (Assistant Master) from Grande Mestre Nô. In 2015, Syed founded the non-profit organization, Capoeira Life, which provides capoeira training for at-risk youth in South Seattle.