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The Monterey Self-Defense Meetup

Monterey, CA

This class is for anyone wishing to learn or master self-defense skills. Raw beginners and instructors in other systems encouraged to attend. The focus will be on building a working self defense skill-set:  This  includes the optimal use of bio-mechanics and physics for self-defense.  Instructor has been teaching the combat arts for around 17 years.

This class teaches stand-up fighting skills; i.e. striking (fists, palms, elbows, etc), striking interceptions / blocking, joint manipulation / breaking, and throwing techniques found in Judo / Shuai jiao.  We do not cover ground fighting--for that range, it is recommended you also attend Gracie Jiu-jitsu monterey.

There is a numbered list curriculum/class-schedule, students can work their way from White Sash to Black Sash if they wish. (New students may join at any time.)

The groups organizer is the founding instructor of "Flowing Combat" (流动战斗), a System developed for modern self-defense from the internal Kung-Fu arts of BaguaZhang (eight Triagram palms), Xingyquan (heart, mind fist) and Taijiquan.  

Mixed in with Kung-Fu is Military unarmed/armed combat, as taught to Military personnel and Special Operators across various services.  The teacher was formerly contracted by the Air Force to teach the foregoing, including sexual assault prevention, weapons disarming, use, and retention. 

Classes are Fees, but students may be asked to cover location/equipment costs as applicable per class/seminar;  Class will be hosted at Wave Street Studios, by the beach, or in a private back yard area (cement/ w/ martial arts pads). Each class may be filmed and put online and/or broadcast on local TV stations.  

262 members · Private

Guatemala Mexican/Indigenous Events/Pow Wows

San Francisco, CA

Greetings--Our group is focused on Indigenous cultural & political events. We hit the pow wows and film festivals as much as possible. The group has a specific focus on Guatemalan/Mexican/Indigenous American art, spirituality, dance & textiles.

We go to the Guelaguetza (Oaxacan Indigenous Dance/Cultural Fair) in Santa Cruz and fun events like concerts & fairs. We love to go to dances, Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo in Oakland, and other street fairs and demonstrations for human rights, environmental causes, to stop Keystone XL Pipeline and for social justice.

This Meet-up is great for people who love to view & upload photos of indigenous Textiles/crafts--Please check out our photos.

We never charge our members to attend a meet-up, unless it is a class, in which case, there will be a reasonable charge to pay the instructor and to pay for materials. Of course, if we are going to a concert or show, you will probably have to pay at the door to get in (but there is no charge from this group).

Guatemalan or Mexican backstrap weaving/brocade lessons will be coming at a future date. Join us!


Hola--Este grupo se enfoca en los eventos culturales, políticos y espirituales de indígenas americanos y guatemalteco/mexicanos. Vamos a los festivales de Cine, ceremonia del Año Nuevo Mexica, el festival de Baile ´Etnico, y mucho más.

Vamos a la Guelaguetza (feria indígena Oaxaqueña), los pow wows, el Día de los Muertos, museo y otros lugares donde se exhiben textiles y artes indígenas. Tambi´n vamos a los eventos divertidos como ferias y conciertos. Y por supuesto vamos a las manifestaciones por la justicia social, el ambiente y los derechos humanos.

Este grupo es buenísimo para gente que le gusta ver y subir fotos de los eventos, pow wows, bailes, y las artesanías indígenas--vean nuestras fotos.

Nunca cobramos por asistir a un meet-up, al menos que sea una clase, y en ese caso habrá un precio razonable para pagarle a la maestra y pagar los materiales. Y bueno, por supuesto si vamos a un concierto o show, probablemente tendrás que pagar tu entrada en la puerta (pero no habrá cobro de este grupo).

Habrá clases de telar de cintura y brocado estilo de Guatemala o de México proximamente. ¡Unete!

180 members · Public

Gaslamp Film Society

San Diego, CA

The Gaslamp Film Society is a "movie & discussion" group based in downtown San Diego, focusing on critically-acclaimed releases (generally a >75% score on the ratings aggregator). 

Following our screenings, we adjourn to a nearby restaurant to discuss what we've seen. We believe that each film can teach us something about the craft of storytelling, and we workshop the film together, breaking down plot points, themes, scenes, etc. What do you think the film was trying to say, and in what ways did/didn't it succeed? Which scenes worked for you, and how would you improve those that didn't?

We strive for a fun, respectful atmosphere for critical film discussion, where everybody's participation is the goal. For that reason, we limit the number of attendees to small groups, and expect you to attend if you've RSVPed "Yes." A picture of members is compulsory so we can find you at events. If you are not accepted into the group for this reason, you're encouraged to rejoin once you've included one.

We're most active in Fall-Winter as we get you ready for the Oscars. Expect meetup screenings for almost all the candidates/nominees leading up to the awards.

108 members · Public

Little Boxes Theater: Art-Dance-Photo workshops & events: SF

San Francisco, CA

We would like to invite you to our unique underground creative space devoted to art & movement. We're set up with a 1300sqft sprung floor for dance rehearsals, performances, we've recently hosted a film crew here with choreographed fight scenes! We have a wall of windows which shows us beautiful streaming beams of light in the afternoons, perfect for natural light photography and live nude figure drawing & painting. There are many usable vintage props, wardrobe costuming options, an operable claw foot bath tub, piano, projector, lighting equipment and what not at our studio. Feel free to heck out some images of our studio Little Boxes Theater:

Little Boxes Theater also has in-house artists, dynamic duo A-K Arts:

As a pair, we love to explore artistic concepts; we're multifaceted individuals who enjoy the creative collaborative adventure with professionals and amateurs alike. Our favorite photo shoots are those where we are covered in dead sea mud, body paint, flour & ash while making shapes with our physical forms together in dynamic discoveries. We look forward to having you at our next Meet-up! please feel free to contact us directly with any interests & inquiries about our upcoming events, booking our studio for your dreams and our individual & combined modeling rates:

394 members · Public

Redland's Singles for the Food and/or Wine Enthusiast

Redlands, CA

·  This group is a Redlands singles group who are looking to make new friends, have fun and explore Redlands and the surrounding areas. We love live music and we love to dance!  Many of our activities are organized around food, wine, concerts at Redlands Bowl, art walks, breweries, film events, happy hours, shopping nights in town, and walks through historical parts of town and parks. We try to support events in Redlands area. We are always open to suggestions for events.

·  Group has a 3 No Show Rule: If you can RSVP ‘YES’ you can change your RSVP to ‘NO’ If you do NOT show up for a restaurant event where a chair is being held, that will be considered a No Show.

· Unsolicited messages to other group members are unwelcome.   If an organizer is notified about receiving unsolicited messages from other group members, then the sender can be removed from the group immediately.  Messages simply announcing new events or offering suggestions are OK.  Personal "dating site" messages are unwelcome.  This is not a dating site, but an activity site.

·   Indemnity Agreement: By joining our group, you agree that Redlands Singles for the Food and/or Wine Enthusiast and it's organizers will not be liability or responsibility what so ever with regard to any negligent or intentional conduct of any third party and other meetup venues, etc., resulting in the loss of personal property, physical injury, monetary loss with regard to an event/meetup. In signing up and attending any of our listed events you are in agreement to the above. If you RSVP a guest to the event they are also in agreement to the Indemnity Agreement stated above.

59 members · Private

Los Angeles Browncoat Shindig

Los Angeles, CA

Scoobies, Browncoats, Whovians, Sherlockians, Ringers, Potterheads, Trekkies, Scapers, Smegheads, Gamers and All Fandoms - Discussion of All Things Whedon, Doctor Who, Walking Dead, Star Trek, Tolkien, Sherlock, Harry Potter, Farscape; books, film, television, webseries, fanfic, conventions, cosplay, SCA, gaming, computer skills and toys, plus we do that "general conversation"-thing that Muggles do, too!

We are a merger of multiple Meetups: Firefly, General SciFi & Fantasy, Buffy, Angel & Farscape groups in the Greater Los Angeles area into this single, monthly Meetup. So if you see only a few RSVPs, know that we will have many more people all together.

IMPORTANT INFO: Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are working on building Virtual Meetups. Read the date and description of each Upcoming Event to know when and how the Meetup will be happening. Ideas and help for these virtual Meetups will be gladly welcomed.

WHEN WE CAN MEET AGAIN IN REAL LIFE we will go back to our regular monthly meetings plus events planned by the members. We do many activities as off-shoots of this Single Enormous Meetup! There's many a movie-day that are attended by portions of our group! Not to mention various craft days, geek outings, etc. See who you bond with! See what further activities await you!!!

We've been active since early 2003 with a good turnout of members at each event.

Who should come? Everyone

Are newcomers welcome? Always

Why should people come? To be with people who don't look at you with blank face when you talk geek.

501 members · Public