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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

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community

Oakland, CA

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community


APIQWTC (pronounced "API-cutesy") provides opportunities for Asian & Pacific Islander queer women and transgender people to socialize, network, build community, engage in inter-generational organizing, and increase community visibility.


APIQWTC is a fun, welcoming, multi-generational group of Asian & Pacific islander queer women and transgender people in the Bay Area, who are building community together. We are the legacy of queer A&PI activism, stemming from earlier-founded organizations going back to 1987. We are a wholly volunteer-based organization.


• APIQWTC hosts, and is involved in, a range of activities year-round:
Website and listserv, which allows members to keep in touch about issues and events pertaining to the APIQWTC community

• Pride Parade and booth

• API Pride Council

• Annual Spring Banquet, our main event and fundraiser

• Social Events: annual BBQ, monthly meetups, basketball, doggy play dates, games and movie nights, annual Tahoe trip, wine tasting, etc.

• Co-sponsorship: workshops (e.g. QACON at UC Berkeley), film and cultural events, and other community efforts

• Scholarships, awarded annually at the Banquet

• Annual Phoenix Award to a member of our community, based on nominations and awarded at the Banquet

• Support of other colleague organizations


If you are of mixed/West/South/East/Southeast Asian and/or Pacific Islander heritage AND are Trans*/Queer woman/Lesbian, come up to one of our meetups!

Please check out of website ( and feel free to email us if you have any questions.


APIQWTC is committed to providing a SAFE SPACE for community members at our events (both on meet-up and via our listserv) and to holding community members accountable for the following actions:



Actual or perceived threats

Verbal or physical violence

Discrimination within our community, based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, color, national origin, religion etc.

In the event that these instances occur, impacted community members are encouraged to inform trained APIQWTC leadership. These members will support and intervene by taking all reasonable actions during the event, including:

De-escalating the situation

Prioritizing the safety of space and impacted community members

APIQWTC is committed to supporting all parties as needed, to ensure the APIQWTC events are a safe space.  We reserve the right to ban any members from our listserv or meet-up membership

703 members · Private

Los Angeles Browncoat Shindig

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Browncoat Shindig

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.

500 members · Public