About the Syracuse Capoeira Club
Brazilian Martial Arts in Central New York
The Syracuse Capoeira Club is located in Central/Upstate NY, serving as a new center for Capoeira in the area. Founded in the Summer of '12, the group is still fairly new, but has been a lot of fun so far. Students come from all walks of life; we have some practicers of other martial arts among us looking to expand their knowledge and skillset, some former Capoeiristas who then moved to Syracuse (much like our founder), and a few new folks who just wanted to learn the art. All experience levels and age groups are welcome.
We're all about getting a great workout while learning more about the culture and art of Brazil. Every session is a little bit different; sometimes we work on kicks, some days it's acrobatics, we work on combos, takedowns, tricks, and more. Join us for a very unique workout!
About the Instructor
Christopher Getman / Monitor Gafanhoto / Mazedude
Capoeira Syracuse was founded by Christopher Getman... known by the Capoeira name Gafanhoto... and known in the music, online, and video game worlds as Mazedude. Originally from the Oswego region of Upstate New York, he traveled quite a bit after college, first to NYC, then to Los Angeles to explore the entertainment world.
Shortly after arriving in LA, he met Amir Solsky - aka Contra-Mestre Parafina - and became one of the first students of the newly founded Capoeira Los Angeles.
Training with Parafina for 5+ years led to many things: stunt work, motion capture for video games, gymnatics, live performances all over the city - including Universal Citywalk - and of course, teaching. The go-to guy to take over class when Parafina was unavailable, Christopher learned a tremendous amount by leading the group not only in class, but also in demonstrations, expos, and more.
After having explored every facet of LA that interested him, Christopher yearned to return to his home of Central New York in late 2008. For a couple years he took a break from Capoeira, while life took over. Career shifts, buying a house, and enjoying time with his new wife Julia occupied his time. But in 2012, Chris started to really miss the art form... and now, we have the Syracuse Capoeira Club.
*NOTE - Christopher fully acknowledges that he is not a certified Instructor, Profesor, or Mestre in Capoeira. He is merely an advanced student, and - at the time of founding the club - the highest ranked Capoeirista in the area. However, he leads the club with the blessing of both CM Parafina in Los Angeles, and CM Carcará in Rochester. He is experienced as a teacher, and breaks down every move for multiple difficulty levels.