Meet with other Martial Artists and Styles for learning, workout and fun
Q: How much do you charge, and what's the catch?
To be clear, participation in this meetup is FREE (and fun!). If you feel you are getting value from this meetup and wish to support the group, donations in any amount are appreciated and go directly toward the costs of maintaining the hosting of this website, but you are under no obligation to do so.
We have been an active meetup group since 2006, and our original vision is unchanged: to provide an accessible venue for all styles of martial arts, ages, levels and budgets; providing an opportunity for the fun and respectful exchange of ideas, and a platform to share experiences FREE from politics and egos! To maintain costs at a minimum we do not retain an indoor facility, and instead meet up outdoors at a clean and safe public park in Irvine, CA.
Q: How often does the group meet?
The group usually meets weekly on Sunday mornings to early afternoon. Be sure to RSVP and check this website for any updates on days, times or location. If you are not sure, feel free to contact the group organizers by clicking the link on the left side of the page. This group would be nothing without it's members, and we need YOUR participation, please come and be part of the action!
Q: What should I wear?
Q: What should I bring?
- Comfortable Athletic/Workout wear (e.g., T-Shirt or long sleeve rash guard, Sweat pants or board shorts, athletic shoes).
- In cooler seasons, bring something warm to wear after your workout (e.g. sweatshirt)
- Martial Arts Gi, with/out footwear is also ok if you prefer
- Be aware, you will remove watches, rings & necklaces before working out (to prevent scratches, and breakages to the items, training gear, and/or your training partners!), so leave valuable items at home unless you choose to wear them at your own risk.
Q: What if I am a beginner?
- Bottled water or sports drink and snacks to stay hydrated and keep your energy up during your workout
- Sunscreen and sunglasses for the sunny days, folding chair (if you wish)
- For advanced/experienced players, protective gear (e.g. mouth guard, athletic protector, shin guards, bag gloves etc). Beginners and those who do not want to spar will not need these, but are essential if agreed-contact is harder for the advanced practitioners.
- If you have training gear (e.g., kick shields, focus mitts, thai pads, etc), feel free to bring them if you don't mind sharing with the group.
- An open mind!
Great! We were all beginners once too, and this provides an unrivaled opportunity to try out different styles in a casual open format! You will have the opportunity to practice with other people with similar interests that let you play "outside the box" of a formal school/kwoon/dojo. Pair yourself up with someone in the group that fits your personality, training style and pace.
Don't be scared off thinking you will have to pad-up and spar! Beginners will get personal 1-on-1 attention, and no-one is ever expected to spar if they don't want to. You are welcome to sit-in and audit our group and participate as little or as much as your comfort level dictates. Aspects of martial arts allows practice to NOT involve forceful athletic contact.
Some practitioners are interested in the health benefits and healing aspects of the martial arts; Others have a desire to explore the practical "real-world" defensive applications of their craft; Others may be preparing for competitive purposes. All these and more, are reasons for YOUR participation!
If you are an advanced practitioner, you will find experienced Martial Artists from a variety of styles to explore with as well. This group is definitely worth your consideration as an additional training resource to supplement your regular training regimen. Don't be misled: The meetup is free, but the quality and experience of the participants are first rate. Come join us and bring your enthusiasm for the arts to share!
Q: Can I invite friends?
Of course! If you plan to invite friends, please remember to indicate when you RSVP. If it's a last minute decision, just bring them along. As a courtesy to others in the group, be sure to brief your friends regarding safety. A fun casual environment for all levels is what we aim for, and unacceptable behavior such as bullying is neither invited nor tolerated.
Q: What is the format of the work out?
Depending on if we have a "theme" day, the meet-ups tend to be very unstructured and casual. However, the following list may give you a taste of some of the activities that may be on the menu..
- Light to Medium Sparring
- Free-form Push-hands/sticky hands exercises
- Breathing and stretching exercises
- Light weapons work (bamboo sticks/poles/rubber knives/wooden swords)
- Dynamic Distancing/Striking Pad warm-up: Hitting/kicking/pushing drills against kicking shields, focus mits, etc.
- Light person-to-person positional contact drills (counters against strikes, grabs/throws/locks/submissions etc.)
- Scenario/situational drills (backed to a wall, surprise attack, multiple opponents, simulated armed assault defences, escapes etc.)
- Break out into pairs or small groups and work on whatever you and your partner(s) decide.
Always remember, SAFETY First! Keep yourself and your partner(s) safe so we can practice again next week!
Q: Why is it important to RSVP?
This is YOUR party! When you RSVP, it lets the organizers know who is coming, so they know to expect new participants, and also to let other people know they will not be making the drive to an empty park! A lot of work has gone into building and maintaining this meet-up, come and enjoy it!
Q: Will there still be work out if it is raining?
Be sure to check the site regularly for any cancellation, particularly on the day of the meetup. Unless the weather is really awful, practice will usually continue.
If you have other questions not covered in this FAQ, click on the "Contact me" link located on the left section of this page or contact any of the assitant organizers.