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 **

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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

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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.

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!)
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Restorative Oakland Yoga to battle the Holiday Stress

We invite you all to attend your first sampling of Deep Practice, Tuesday and Thursday 12/15 & 12/17 6-7p.

Introducing our newest addition to the regular 2016 Four Elements Fitness weekly schedule…

Deep Practice

Begins January 2016

A yoga twice a week yoga experience
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-7p
Open to all of our members

Ashtanga based power poses skillfully intertwined with elements of vinyasa, and restorative yoga will help you develop deep strength, flexibility and balance. You will use your breath to ground yourself and release tension. You will learn mindful movement that assists with stress management and eases chronic tension patterns. This one hour session with Treina Alexander of YogaLoveOakland will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. This program is perfect for athletes seeking to restore and rejuvenate and for people completely new to yoga or exercise. We welcome participants of all levels and body types.

Instructor

A Message from Treina Alexander
My yoga journey started at the Downtown Oakland Y in 2004. The first time I sat in chair pose, I felt joy and needed to share the feeling. I earned a 500 hour Teaching Certificate with a focus in alignment, adjustments and attitude. I’ve taught over 2,000 hours and find something different to share in every class. I share movement, mantras and meditation in my classes. I took a leap of faith and opened YogaLove in 2013. I look forward to leading your yoga practice.

Learn more about our

Memberships

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Black Friday / Cyber Month Super Sale is NOW!

All-Access Membership Sale

Starts NOW until 11/30!
Jeet Kune Do/ Kali, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Russian CAMBO, Fitness and Yoga… The Ultimate membership for the person who wants it ALL! Get yourself a strong body, street smarts and sweet moves all-in-one perfect package.

Invincibility is at your fingers tips.

Month-to-Month

Use Code: blackfriday & get 50% off every month!
  • Valued at $220
  • Includes JKD/Kali, Fitness, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Yoga & CAMBO
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  • Access to ALL regular classes/sessions
  • Month-to-Month

12 Months

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  • Valued at $200
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  • Monthly for 12 Months

Or pay for one year in advance and get over 66% off!

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Workshops Sale

Body Positive Winter Yoga Series: December Inversions
Sunday 5:30p- 12/6, 12/20, 12/27 for $30

Enjoy this 3 Part Workshop 50% Off! Use code: blackfriday
A practice for soft , round and larger bodies with Misia Denéa.

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Prenatal Strength & Conditioning

Enjoy this 4 Part Workshop 50% Off! Use code: blackfriday
  • Starting December 1st, Tuesday 7-8am
  • Suitable for all levels and each trimester
  • With Jeff Bott

Post Natal Strength and Conditioning

Enjoy this 4 Part Workshop 50% Off! Use code: blackfriday
  • 4 Part Series
  • Starting December 3rd, Thursday 7-8am
  • This program is suitable for all levels
  • With Jeff Bott

Buy a 3 sessions on 1-on-1 training, and get a December membership for FREE!

3 Pack for $225 min

Dirty Dozen’s Cindy Hales BJJ Seminars

ADVANCED: Brown & Black

Sunday Dec. 1-3pm

The advanced seminar (brown-black) will focus on guard passing and a sweep series from guard. Discussion topics will include the basic concepts of the positions and modifications for Gi, no Gi and what ifs. At the end of the seminar, there will be a Q&A on other positions, submissions and problematic areas.

LIMITED SPACE
By donation but you can guarantee your spot with pre-registration offered for $20 early bird, $25 after – for all genders

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ALL LEVELS

December 13th, Sunday 3-5pm

In this seminar, basic concepts and high-percentage set ups for the triangle will be covered. There will be Q&A and time for training at the end of the seminar.

LIMITED SPACE
Early bird $45 before 12/1,$50 online, $60 at the door- Pre-registration advised since 12 spots only – for all genders.

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Privates also available

Contact us for more info.

Cindy Hales

As a member of the female “Dirty Dozen”, Cindy is one of an elite group of pioneers. She is one of the first twelve women to receive the black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And she was one of the fastest, going from white belt to the height of the sport in less than 5 years. Along the way, she captured a Pan American title, the Grapplers Quest women’s Professional title, multiple NAGA titles, as well as winning several MMA fights. She laid waste to the tournament circuit, and was promoted to black belt in December of 2006. She’s competed at the ADCC Championship, flown halfway around the world to fight(twice), and established a reputation as one of the most fearsome competitors alive.

But that’s not even close to the full story. She can teach, as well as do. She runs the most consistently successful kids program in the northwest, and she’s coached athletes to MMA wins, and Grappling world championship titles. Her teaching style is simple and effective. She’s got a knack for breaking techniques down into easy to understand pieces, and is in high demand for seminars and private lessons as a result. Few people have the combination of competitive drive and educational chops that Cindy possesses, and everyone who attends her seminars come away with a new perspective on Jiu-Jitsu.

Read more about the “Dirty Dozen” here.

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Other Fitness Happenings

Butts and Guts Challenge: 4-Week Workshop Series with Mollii Khangsengsing & Judy Gomes
Adopt-a-Downward-Dog 2 Year Anniversary & Benefit
Tuff Love: Outdoor Fitness
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Memberships & More

Save $100 monthly with a Used Coat Donation!

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Can you go through your closets and see if there is a spare jacket or two laying around?

Four Elements Fitness is working with One Warm Coat to collect clean, gently used warm coats to support the coat drive program, on November 21, 2015 between 6PM and 8PM Monday through Friday and Saturdays 9AM through 12:30PM at Four Elements located at 153 17th St., Oakland, CA.

The process is simple…

You drop off your extra coat(s) and takes care of the rest. All donated coats will be given to a local agency for distribution to local children and adults in need.

People who do not have a coat to donate can still get involved:

New clients who donate coats or dollars will receive…

$100 off monthly on an “ALL ACCESS/UNLIMITED MEMBERSHIP” valued at $220/mo to all our programs (excludes clubs) which can be redeemed at the time of signing a NEW annual contract.

Already a full time member of one of our programs and want to donate?

We will UPGRADE your current unlimited membership to the “ALL ACCESS/UNLIMITED MEMBERSHIP” at NO additional cost!

CASTING CALL for BAY AREA BODY POSITIVE YOGA ENTHUSIASTS

11075186_10152613403122161_6483541649911089413_nIf you love yoga and are plus sized come to be in a video shoot focused on body positive yoga & wellness. Bring your own yoga mat. M/F/GNC welcome Queer + POC folks strongly encouraged to participate : )

Sunday, December 5th 3-5pm

Contact Misia Denéa to confirm or get more info: misiadenea@gmail.com

Body Positive Winter Workshops Sundays Full Series Sale Only – $60

  • NOVEMBER AWARENESS OF THE CORE & SPINAL COLUMN  11/29
  • DECEMBER INVERSIONS 12/6, 12/20, 12/27

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MEMBERS: If you have an unlimited membership with us, this series is included in your program and you too are invited to join in. This series is specifically for soft , round, and larger bodies.

Winter’s Body Positive Yoga with Misia Denéa

The wait is over! We are proud to announce that Misia Denéa, instructor to our Body Positive Yoga workshops is now teaching three months of Body Positive Yoga will be launching Sunday 5:30-6:30pm (former students take note of the time change!). Each month she will be focusing on a particular theme ranging from hip and shoulder openers, core and spinal awareness to ringing in the new year with some exciting inversions.

This class promotes , soft , round bodies, that wear a pant/dress size 10-24 or larger

Schedule

November awareness of the core & Spinal column – 11/1, 11/15, 11/29 (no class 11/8)

The core or mid-line of the body is where your pull of gravity exists.

You do not need washboard abs to develop core strength, however the more you activate the core the more you can prevent low back pin. The spine supports the torso so we will look t how twisting/revolving poses lengthen ( from many hours of sitting) the spine and massage the abdominal organs.

December Inversions – 12/6, 12/20, 12/27 (no class 12/13)

We will explore how turning your world upside down is scary but provides new perspective. Inversions also are beneficial for hormone balance, sending more oxygenated blood to the heart & brain and also good for thyroid health and much more!

Memberships

If you have an unlimited fitness membership with us, this series is included in your program and you too are invited to join in on the fun!

WINTER SALE!

Only $60 for this two month series, plus you get a complementary fitness pass to enjoy one of our regularly scheduled fitness sessions each week!
Full Yoga Series

Instructor

Misia Denéa is a 500-hour certified Yoga instructor ( 200- Hour Dhyana Yoga Philadelphia, PA & 300-hour Embrace Yoga Washington D.C.) has a B.F.A in Dance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, and also graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition ,the Raw Food Institute and East Bay Meditation Center’s Year Long Practice in Transformative Action and has recently enrolled in Fall 2015 URBAN PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA ‘s Permaculture Design Course.
She is the owner/founder of Hatha Holistic Integrative Wellness. Her mission is to Coach, Heal, and Transform those who want to shift their relationship to themselves and cultivate holistic habits to feel vibrant, and liberated with yoga, meditation, and mindful eating.

Since 2008 she has lead yoga trainings, dance workshops and retreats at yoga studios, Universities & Colleges, throughout the US and in the Caribbean/Latin America.

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Stunt Doubles & Empowered Teens

Yin Blossom Girls Empowerment

GIRLS SELF DEFENSE CLASS- April 7 & 8th

W e are very proud to be a part of dNaga’s GIRL Project: Blossoming Yin. Four Elements Fitness and Heroine Lab will be holding a two day self defense workshop for San Antonio Middle School girls at Eastside Cultural Center.

GIRL Project: Blossoming Yin
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 7th & 8th 1, from 1:45 to 3pm
Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd. @ 23rd Ave.
Oakland, CA

The Artistic Director of dNaga Claudine Naganuma created GIRL Project “to offer a professional level workshop that provides students with an opportunity to study with a variety of passionate women of color who are acclaimed artists and activists in their fields. The workshop seeks to provide a rigorous dance arts program by offering an introduction to technique, craft, artistic visioning and empowerment coaching.”

For more info: Please contact info@dnaga.org .

NEW CLASS: Stunt Double

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Every Monday and Wednesday at 6PM

Train like a superhero! Perfect your jumps, weaves, landings and rolls. Learn to make accurate physical calculations while in motion. This class draws from free running and parkour principles blended with a selection of acrobatic and martial arts based movements. Expect to increase your vertical jump, improve your core strength and take your co-ordination at speed to a whole new level. This class is for all levels. Every movement pattern is scalable.

LEVEL:Suitable for all levels. Non-jumpers are welcome!
EQUIPMENT: Bodyweight, resistance bands, blocks, tires, suspension devices.