The FOUR Elements Art Series

“The FOUR Elements Art Series is a new, vital platform for artists working in a range of media and at different stages of their careers to present their ideas. In addition to furthering their own artistic practices and experimentation, artists are also invited to respond directly to and activate the space through unique classes, events, actions, happenings, and events.

The mission of the Art Series is to incubate community exchange addressing issues around health and movement. A core component of this series is to recenter the voices of marginalized artists bringing critical insight and a more well-rounded dialogue into the public realm.

The Art Series is hosted by Four Elements Fitness, a WOC owned gym that offers a variety of services specifically for LGBTQ, POC, SW, and local groups working with at-risk individuals.”

FOUR Elements Art Series Director: Melissa Wyman

Melissa Wyman is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based in the SanFrancisco Bay Area. Investigating interpersonal exchanges and alternativemeans of negotiation has influenced both her art practice and curatorialendeavors. As a curator she focuses on non-traditional venues and spaces forparticipation and dialogue. She serves on the curatorial committee for the VardaArtist Residency Program in Sausalito, CA, as the Bay Area Coordinator andcurator for the Sedona Summer Colony in Sedona, Arizona and as one of the instigators and curators of the Art Series at Four Elements Fitness in Oakland,CA. Contact art@fourelementsfitness.com

Advisory Board/ Curatorial Committee

Shawn Tamaribuchi-Keiser

Sita Bhaumik

Weston Teruya

Melissa Wyman

COLOR GUARD: AN EXHIBITION OF BASEBALL BATS AS LGBTIQ+ FLAGS by the Degenderettes

FOUR Elements Fitness in Oakland, California
December 10th from 7pm-10pm  ** Update: $1,000 was raised and donated to Trans Lifeline **

See photos here

The FOUR Elements Art Series presents COLOR GUARD: AN EXHIBITION OF BASEBALL BATS AS LGBTIQ+ FLAGS by the Degenderettes.

This is a new era of queer pride, and flags no longer cut it. Gay culture has had many symbols of identity and celebration but few for holding our hard-won space: since the rainbow flag of the 70s, a broad array of striped flags have propagated as popular symbols of LGBTQ+ identity, but while fabric is fabulous in the breeze and sunlight, it hasn’t protected us in the dark of night. As folks gained visibility they have suffered from it: murders of trans women of color has continued to rise these last few years in spite of perceived mainstream acceptance. In response to the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting the international feminist-genderqueer art club, The Degenderettes, assembled a color guard to perform at pride parades to show that LGBTQ+ culture is alive and well and will not be bullied. In place of traditional wooden rifles and sabers, the Degenderettes twirl the classic American symbol of home defense, baseball bats, because this is not a war between nations, it is a fight that has come to their door. As anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes spread across the country in the wake of the election, legitimate fear permeates every corner of queer existence, and so the Degenderettes have made these bats available for LGBTQ+ people to keep behind their own doors as symbols of resilience.

You can always order versions of these bats for your own use, either before or after the show, through degenderettes.com, shipping worldwide, which benefits Degenderettes activities directly.

If you buy a bat from this Four Elements exhibit, not only is there no shipping cost, but proceeds will be donated to Trans Lifeline crisis hotline.

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DEGENDERETTES:

The Degenderettes is a club started in 2014 by feminists and genderqueers in SF & Oakland with an array of urgent agendas: mutual protection of visible queers, sexual assault defense, preservation of women’s history, forming trans mentor relationships, challenging toxic masculinity, disseminating images of queer resilience, etc. It has since grown into an international network with chapters in a handful of major cities across North America, Europe and Australia. In addition to local chapter events, they have published an all-chapter comics zine, hosted an irreverent gallery show with a birth certificate shredder & a jacket soaked in menstrual blood, and printed thousands of tamper-resistant “all gender restroom” stickers that are now going up on multi-occupancy bathrooms around the world. In addition to the baseball bats they produce merit badges for people who stand up to the gender police. They are currently working on a safety app that will allow women & queers to collectively hold space instead of just getting home safe, and are networking resources for queer survival under the Trump administration. If that all sounds like a blast and you want to become a Degenderettes prospect, please locate your closest chapter to find a sponsor.

The FOUR Elements Art Series is a new, vital platform for artists working in a range of media and at different stages of their careers to present their ideas. In addition to furthering their own artistic practices and experimentation, artists are also invited to respond directly to and activate the space through unique classes, actions, happenings, and events.

COST:
This is a benefit for Trans Lifeline and suggested donation is $10+ but if you would like to give more or have limitations and can’t give, any amount will be accepted and no one turned away for lack of funds.

FOUR Elements Fitness will also be donating 50% of any regularly priced memberships purchased during this event to Trans Lifeline.

Please RSVP – space is limited.
Partial door Fees support the Four Elements Art Series – refreshments and the space (40%)

“PUMPING PATTERNS” with Melissa Wyman- Novemeber 5th

FOUR Elements Fitness in Oakland, California
November 5th from 5:30pm-8pm

See photos here 

Join us for the FOUR Elements Fitness Art Series inaugural event, ‘Pumping Patterns’ by Melissa Wyman.

Check the schedule of events below

What it is: A participatory event that explores collaborative and combative patterns (visual, physical, and mental) through specially constructed exercises and stimulating clothing in a gym atmosphere.

What this involves:
Melissa Wyman is creating a series of recordings (photographs, drawings and paintings) of people engaged in physical activities adapted from gym challenges, brain stimulation games and everyday movement, while wearing a variety of matching and clashing designs. She invites all of you to join her at Four Elements Fitness wearing clothes of patterned materials (dots, checkers, plaid, seersucker, paisley, floral, leopard, vermicular – you name it.) If you don’t have such attire, there will be some available on site.

Thinking about patterns: In much of her work, Melissa investigates alternative means of negotiation. She has become increasingly interested in how mental patterns manifest in physical ways and vice versa creating patterns of emotions, behaviors, expressions and beliefs. She views people as walking manifestations of their patterning, interacting with each other in complex ways. Thinking about how daily routines shape one’s existence, and how the connectivity of the brain can be stimulated like a muscle, expanding and contracting based on usage, she is developing visual, mental and physical exercises as an intervention into staid, stuck and stubborn patterns – with oneself and with others.

Schedule:

5:30 – 6pm – Meet the artist, learn about the project and find out more about the Four Elements Art Series

6pm-7pm – The Pumping Patterns body-brain exercise class
+ Join in this group exercise class to strengthen neural communication, brain and body balance, flexibility and rigor, and bridge the gap between the two brain hemispheres. (Intensity level: low to medium)

7pm – 8pm – Open mat: Grappling and ‘Collaborative Combative Pattern Drawing’
+ Experience merging and clashing patterns in action! Spectators are also welcome. (Intensity level: medium to high, or what you make it)

+ + Enjoy refreshments!

* You can choose which activities you do and no prior experience is needed. Participants can receive a limited edition printed photo of the event.

Melissa Wyman is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates interpersonal exchanges and alternative means of negotiation. Her work is often participatory and incorporates performance, video, installation, drawing, painting, fighting and social practice. She occasionally makes objects. www.melissawyman.info

The FOUR Elements Art Series is a new, vital platform for artists working in a range of media and at different stages of their careers to present their ideas. In addition to furthering their own artistic practices and experimentation, artists are also invited to respond directly to and activate the space through unique classes, actions, happenings, and events.

Please RSVP – space is limited.
FEF members: FREE
Non-members: Door fee $15
Paid in advance $10


Fees support the Four Elements Art Series – the artists, materials, refreshments and the space

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Train BJJ as a Family – Seminar with Judy Gomes


Photography by Lissette Barros - check out her sweet clothing line: http://getagripbjj.com/

FOUR Elements Fitness
October 9th, Sunday 4-6p
Instructor Judy Gomes

Looking for ways kids and parents can train together and ways to create a family training dynamic?

A big obstacle for parents is getting to the gym or finding time of their own train but there’s ways you can train with each other in and outside the gym!

No age requirements. Children 2 years and under FREE with adult registration.

*If you have LIMITED INCOME and want to attend, please contact us: info@fourelementsfitness.com

**** Family BJJ Early Bird Special Registration ****

2 family members ($45 – $10 OFF)

Add-on 1 person ($10- 50% OFF)

1 adult + a child 2 years of under ($35 – $10 OFF)

Train as a family…

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor Judy Gomes will lead this special once-off class (that could happen again). Kids get to roll around on the mat and learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques with their adults and other little ones – while the adults also get a chance to train with each other.

This is a safe and fun environment for kids being introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the first time and a perfect opportunity for those who’ve seen their parents train over the years to give it a try. This is also an opportunity for more experienced kids to give some pointers to the first-timers as well as how to train as a family in and outside of the gym.

Judy Gomes: Jiu jitsu is my religião Brown belt under Diogo Gomes/Rio Combat Team *BJJ*CrossFit*Yoga* & repeat NASM CPT, CrossFit L1 Trainer

Photography by Lissette Barros – check out her sweet BJJ clothing line.

March Member of the Month: Phoenix Song

We want to congratulate Phoenix Song, our March Member of the Month!

Phoenix has set an inspiring example of mindfulness in her physical practice. Thank you for adding your presence, enthusiasm and levity to the Four Elements Fitness community!

How did you develop your approach to your physical practice?
I’m a therapist/healer with a focus on supporting queer and trans survivors of sexual violence. I’m also a writer and performer. I’ve found an enormous amount of power in doing creative healing work, but I needed a way to ground that power more deeply within my body. I needed a way to physicalize that strength and healing. Finding FEF has been transformational in that process for me. Even as a beginner to this practice, I already feel a deep trust in my body that I had never experienced before. Our power is innately there within us- we just need to find our way back to it.!

How do you determine when it’s a good training day and when to take time off?
Honestly, if I’m free – it’s a good training day!

What do you love about your practice and what do you want to shift?
For me this work is really about re-integrating the psychological and the physical. I love tailoring my training specifically to the idea of being a warrior. There are so many amazing goals to strive for within training, but for me this idea that I can inhabit my body as a warrior- that as a queer, femme, survivor I am already a warrior- is key. I try to center myself in that mindset within my training and make choices from there. !

Where do you get your motivation to train?
I am motivated by the generations of femmes, queers, and survivors who have come before me- who have taken back their power and voice through their bodies. Training is one of many ways to do that, and for me is a way of reclaiming the space where I was taught and expected to be powerless and compliant. Through training I take my innate power back and integrate that into who I am in the world and the work that I do, for myself and for the generations who will come after.

What advice do you have for brand new people who want to begin training?
Make the practice your own- let yourself really discover and be centered in why training is important for your life. You get to bring your whole self to this practice- you do not have to prove anything, you do not have to push yourself past where you are ready to go, you do not have to do anything you don’t want to. It is your body, your strength, and your aliveness- let yourself really trust your own path to claiming that.

What is your favorite exercise?
I’ve got to go with two things here! My favorites by far are training with knives and kicking. I absolutely love the beautiful technique and dance of knives, and the grounded force and gut-power of kicks.

LGBTQ+ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Series

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sessions for the LGBTQ+ community.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a ground-based sport incorporating the strategic application of chokes and joint locks. It doubles as a great way to build basic self-defense skills and calm self-confidence. Learn BJJ basics and beyond in this one hour session specifically designated for GLBTQ identified people. Sessions will begin with a sport specific warm-up, followed by technical instruction and then light drills or sparring as time allows. This session is suitable for all levels, beginners are welcome. We have loaner gi’s for new people.

Schedule

Friday evenings 6-7 pm*

* Dates will be posted / the session will be canceled in MindBody asap.
$65 per month
(FEF members can join for only $38/mo talk to Shawn for more details!)
ENROLL NOW $65/mo

Self Defense & Self Preservation 21 Day Introduction

March 13- April 2nd

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Schedule:

  • Week One – Self Awareness and Situational Awareness
  • Week Two- Real world practical Self Defense applications
  • Week Three – Improvised Self Defense Concepts use of Kabuton, keys or everyday tools
  • Conclusion – Closure

Be your own knight in shining armor
Learn how to defend yourself
Learn Street Smarts Tricks

Cost $89 Unlimited class access plus a Private Facebook Group (clubs or seminar/ workshops are not Included in access).
Current FEF member cost $49

For only $89, you get…

  • Weekly technical skills via private FB group videos paired with in class drilling and instructor feedback
  • Program protocols via video, fb private group and blog
  • Interactive forum for personal growth and learn street smarts tricks
  • Opportunities to share stories
  • Quantitative skill accumulation and real world applications

Sign Up Now

Instructor:

Sifu Sharon Sanghera-Sidhu is a black belt JKD/Kali practitioner and instructor under Sifu Scott Ferreira. As a weapons based martial artist, she prefers to work with bladed or edged weapons. Her passion is in Southeast Asian Martial Arts, highly effective fighting systems ranging from the devastating simplicity to esoteric elegance. Her foundation consist of JKD, Kali, Silat, Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Rapid Assault Tactics (R.A.T), Kinamutai, and Qi Gong.

Sifu Sharon’s Street Self Defense and Weapon Based Training (JKD/Kali) programs help one to learn self-preservation, defensive strategies, tactics and techniques. She is certified in various tactical defensive certifications such as Close Quarter Combat, Security Intelligence, Advanced Tactical FireArms, Tear Gas/Pepper Spray Chemical Agents and Taser M26-X26 Electronic Control Device. Sifu Sharon is the founder of JKD Kali WhiteDragonsClub.com and CoFounder of FourElementsFitness.com and HeroineLab.com also known as Women’s Self Preservation. She used to compete in various co-ed knife tournaments and has won various trophies and awards.

Event:

Come support Four Elements Fitness White Dragon’s Club on March 12th at the Mokomoko Martial Arts Invitational Tournament – Karate, Judo, Ju Jitsu, Sumo & Escrima

 

Sharon’s White Dragons will be competing in the Knife Tournament.

Doors open 9:30AM $5 Cash Only entrance fee

Knife Tournament will begin after 11:30AM (estimated time).

 

Mokomoko Martial Arts Invitational

Location: Campbell Community Center Main Gym

One West Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Hope to see you there!

New Spring Schedule 2016

M arch is bringing some pretty big stuff. Make sure to update your calendars with our NEWEST CLASS SCHEDULE.

  • Yoga classes are now later on Wednesday 7:30-8:30PM and Friday 8:30-9:30AM with Jenna Padilla.
  • If you are looking for some evening cardio and kick-ass, Art of War is now on Tuesday and Thursday nights 6PM as well as regularly scheduled Wednesday mornings at 7AM but no more Friday mornings.
  • No BJJ on Wednesday nights, but we still got Wednesday 10AM class along with the rest of the week nights at 7PM and Friday 10AM.

Namaste: Goodbyes & Hellos

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We have truly enjoyed having Treina Alexander’s DEEP PRACTICE over the last few months. This Tuesday 3/1 6PM will unfortunately be her last regular class with us since she is moving on to focus on some of her personal projects. Please come out and show support.

However do not fret, for we are adding on two more Yoga classes, including one later in the evening for those of you who get off work late and one later in the morning for those of you who have trouble waking up before 7am (self included). We are proud to welcome Oakland-based Yoga instructor Jenna Padilla who teaches full time and has even convinced Shawn to practice regularly. Mindful Flow is a Vinyasa flow class that focuses on breath and mindfulness while moving. Classes are designed to increase flexibility, open areas of the body that are tight, while increasing inner awareness and focus.

March Madness: First 30 Days Only $89

When you sign up for a membership, not only will you learn how to lift heavy objects *safely*, diffuse stress through yoga, learn chokes, submissions, defensive moves and the proper way to handle weapons, you’ll get your first 30 days of membership for only a fraction of the price!

By the time you are ready to use your skills, you will be so chill you’ll just want to improve your game. You will have found the flow state and taken your practice to the next level. Get some real internal and external positive transformation going.

JOIN NOW & SAVE!

Let’s Get Sweaty! Valentine’s Sale

TREAT yourself & your sweatheart with gifts that will have both your hearts racing!

Looking for the perfect gift to share with the one who makes your palms sweat and skin flushed? Give the gift of sweat with an excellent deal on this membership package.

VALENTINE’S SPECIAL:Buy one new membership and add your sweetie on for half off!


Just give us a call and we can set it up for you (510) 593-2342

For more deals and specials, check out our newsletter.

Four Elements Fitness Is One Year Old!

Once upon a time (about 18 months ago) there was this idea to create a community space that fosters the best instruction in martial arts, fitness, mindfulness and restorative practice.  Four Elements Fitness is dedicated to helping it’s members become their best selves in the full context of their lives, the mats are just the training ground.  A healthy community makes a full circle. Skills learned in one environment benefit neighboring environments. Four Elements Fitness members have done an incredible job completing the circle. People in the adult JKD/Kali program help get kids’ access to self-defense. People in the alternative medicine community overlap with the functional movement training instruction. There are food justice people in this community who share their resources for progressive lifestyle change. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Russian CAMBO are presented at elite and beginner levels so that there is no barrier to entry and real learning can take place.  There is a wrestling program accessible to anyone, no matter what age or experience level. The Deep Practice yoga program is presented with cultural awareness and energy system specificity. Artists come through and enrich the space and the overall cultural experience.  Health At Any Size has become a mainstay, and athletic progress is progress, unattached to stereotype or fitness industry jargon. The acuity and willingness to participate by Q and POC members has made this a much safer space for everyone.  This is exactly what Four Elements Fitness set out to do. Big huge thank you to each of you for being here, you make Four Elements Fitness what it is.`