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The Monterey Self-Defense Meetup

Monterey, CA

The Monterey Self-Defense Meetup

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.  

264 members · Private

Community Film

Los Angeles, CA

Community Film

Dear Community Film Members,

Thank  you for being a member of this group.  

Our goal is to build a platform to gather film industry professionals and newbies, as well as potential investors and members of the business community, to come together to meet one another’s needs, and to expand our networking circles.

Under new management, this group will present several different events to help
generate COLLABORATION for its members, including a series of TALENT SHOWCASES. The showcases will provide an avenue for filmmakers, content creators, producers and all creative talent to collaborate/team up/work together, as well as to merge with potential investors and business owners, who may wish to sponsor or invest in their projects or employ their services. The frequency and details will be announced as soon as they are planned and set.

The new management team of this group is directly and indirectly supported by
longstanding, highly-regarded business and film industry entities such as the
Los Angeles Film & TV Meetup:­­ and other well known business entities. 

The new management team is a life time member of and is supported by CEO Space International (please google it) which has nearly 300,000 entrepreneurs/members
from all over the world.

We welcome all proactive and committed talent as well as businesses and entrepreneurs who are interested in film related events -- either for their own enjoyment, networking or to sponsor or invest in projects. Whatever the reason, this platform is for our members to progress in their creative endeavors and build good relationships in the process!

To run a successful group, we need members to be involved. We cordially invite you to please step up to be a co-host of one or all of our programs. You may contact me
via electronic mail: B562 219 1999 (at) G mail (dot) com  or text: 562 373 4807

Should you have any events and suggestions, please do feel free to contact us, we will gladly select and post your events on our calendar for our membership.

I’m excited about 2017 and look forward to working with all of you!

Thank you!

Anna Iverson- Organizer

638 members · Public

Buffs: LA's Movie Meetup for Gay Men

Los Angeles, CA

Buffs: LA's Movie Meetup for Gay Men

Buffs London: The Gay Men's Social Cinema Experience, now in LA! Time to take a break from those apps (you know which ones) and meet new guys IRL*! 

Buffs is a meetup run by volunteers with the mission to host cinema and other entertainment experience events where gay and bi men can come together, share in the fun and make new friends. Buffs London has been running since April 2015, in London, with great success and over 2,400 members and several cinema events per week! Now we're bringing the same concept to LA! We schedule events hosted by one of our Buffs Organisers who will be there to greet you and introduce you to others participating in the event. Many new friendships have been forged through Buffs London events which creates a positive impact on the lives of Buffs members and helps make London less of a lonely city for gay men. Let's see if we can do the same in LA!

The Buffs London Organisation Team is comprised of event organisers and hosts from a variety of backgrounds. Each host is skilled in hosting our Buffs meetups and helping members make new social connections during each of the events. Our hosts specialise in different film and entertainment genres so that we may offer the widest variety of hosted film events for our members. It's easy to join Buffs by creating a profile on and then joining the group. The only thing we ask is that you have a clear face pic in your profile so that we can easily recognise you when you come to one of our events. This face pic should be a close-up without sunglasses or anything else covering your face. It's also best if there's only one face in the pic as well, so we don't get confused. Once you've joined, you'll see all our events listed on our page. You'll also start receiving emails whenever we post a new event, and also reminder emails about events coming-up. It's easy to join an event by clicking on the RSVP button on the event page. You'll also see information and instructions on how and where to purchase your tickets. We won't get your tickets for you, so please follow the instructions and try to book seats near us so we can sit together. But remember, if you cannot come to an event, please change your RSVP, even if it's at the last minute! When you arrive at our event, be sure to look for one of the hosts. They'll be looking out for you and will greet you and also introduce you to others. It's a good idea to arrive at the suggested time so you have enough time to meet the host and other Buffs before the actual film or performance. 

Hope to meet you soon at the movies! Please feel free to email me with any questions:


*In Real Life

727 members · Private

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

San Francisco, CA

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

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:

396 members · Public

Ventura County Active Seniors

Oxnard, CA

Ventura County Active Seniors

We're a meetup for over-50 active seniors. We walk and hike every week: there is a "start-the-week-off-right" walk every Monday [generally at either Seabridge or Marine Emporium Landing in Oxnard] and at least one longer hike, generally in the 5 to 7 mile range. We mix "elevation" hikes [Ray Miller Trail, Zuma Ridge, Sulphur Mountain, etc.] with flatland hikes [Lake Casitas, Sycamore Canyon, Ormand Beach, etc.]. Sometimes we mix the two. For example, at Sycamore Canyon part of the group may opt to stay on the flat trail while the rest hike up one of the side trails. Last year went to Santa Cruz Island for some hiking, and we'll probably go back. We throw in bike rides, on occasion, knees permitting. I'd like to do some camping, and we do have a camp, but tent camping is a hard sell to many in the over-50 crowd. I would like to camp at Jalama Beach and Santa Cruz Island in the next year.

We also do many less rigorous things. Cultural things, for example. Classical music is a focus. So we organize all six of the New West Symphony yearly concerts as MEETUP events. We've gone to one or two Hollywood Bowl concerts most seasons. Each season, the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts 10 operas from New York to various theaters around the world, including the Century at The Collection in Oxnard. We go to nearly all of them. The experience is really much better than if you attended live in NY: more comfortable seats, better than front row view of the action, popcorn or whatever to chomp on. 

Continuing on the cultural  theme, The Bolshoi Ballet broadcasts several ballets a year. We see those at The Collection as well. Then there are the plays from National Theatre Live: we've seen everything from War Horse to Frankenstein streamed to a local theater. And we throw in an occasional live play. We've also attended various arm chair museum and other tours. The one on Pompeii was my favorite. One night we saw "Last Night of the PROMS," probably my favorite of all the events we've seen. [For you non-Brits, PROMS is a summer series of concert events that are sort of like a combination of the Hollywood Bowl and a party.]

Each year we go on a fireworks cruise out of Ventura Harbor. Another yearly event is a special charity BBQ for St Jude Hospital.  

A special opportunity last year was the Flamenco Arts Festival in Santa Barbara-- a movie [called, fittingly "Flamenco, Flamenco"] and a live performance. Flamenco is not everyone's cup of tea, but for some of us...No Festival in 2018, but it will return in 2019.

Then there are the special musical events offered at the theater at The Collection. Which brings us to the other "classic" music we favor--classic rock and blues. Examples include the Rolling Stones Latin American tour, Grateful Dead concerts raised and remastered from the Jerry Garcia era, the Who in concert, Eric Clapton's "Crossroads," and more. Nonmusical special events at The Collection have included a mixed bag of things.  We saw the opening night of TED 2017 streamed live, for example.

We don't ignore movies, although we're not hard core. About every other week the Oxnard Film Society presents a foreign film. These are frequently very good and very often present cinema you'd never see from Hollywood. Plus they often give some insight into foreign cultures and societies. We attend nearly all of them. Then there are the classic movies--everything from Gone with the Wind to The Graduate--remastered and resurrected on the big screen. Seeing them on that big screen is a much different experience from Netflix on your iPhone. We don't ignore contemporary movies, but we're selective. You won't be seeing "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" with us. But "Born in China" or "Allied?" Sure.

In most events, some sort of meal is included, either at a restaurant, or bring your own picnic basket, or a potluck. So we have eaten at and explored the cuisine at a variety of conveniently located restaurants--The Golden Egg, Moqueca, Settebello, Kabuki, Yard House, The Spot [Carpinteria], Sura, and various others. In some of the restaurants they know us by name. Sometimes we skip the pretense of an event and just eat out. The goal beyond getting fed is of course to have a social outing. Not much socializing can go on in a dark theater, at least not without being thrown out.

As you can see, this MEETUP is not narrowly focused. It follows my tastes in general, but I'm open to adding events suggested by members, especially if you're willing to help in organizing the event. And although I don't mind having members who belong to 100 different MEETUPs and attend one of ours infrequently, my goal is to have a group of friends who do many things together. That adds the social side to eventing. So welcome to Ventura County Active Seniors and I hope to see you at an event soon.


Some loyal group members have "Chipped In" from time to time to help defray the costs of running this MEETUP group. But the MEETUP folks have suppressed this option in their ongoing effort to anger organizers and make the MEETUP app less useful.  But the function is still there, although hidden:

1315 members · Public