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    Open Roda (Lake Merritt)

    Capoeira looks like a graceful dance, but don't be fooled! It is also a dangerous martial art form that can come in handy when you find yourself in a precarious situation. One of the keys to mastering capoeira is understanding roda, which means "circle" or "ring." Roda is the main capoeira activity -- the real capoeira action. In this class, you'll learn about all the situations that pertain to rituals, etiquette, and tradition of roda. Plus, you'll partake in some stretching warm-ups that may include learning maculele or another Brazilian dance! This foundation is necessary to your capoeira training! Come learn the philosophy behind capoeira, and what the true essence of this martial art form is.
    Open Roda (Lake Merritt)

    200 Grand Ave, Oakland

    • Learn the fundamentals of roda, the main activity of capoeira, the only indigenous American martial art
    • Warm up by stretching and doing maculele or another Brazilian dance
    • Improve your flexibility, endurance, and overall body strength
    • Foster a better understanding of the philosophy of capoeira
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    Takedown Class

    Wrestling and martial-arts takedowns? That doesn't even sound fair. Build your ground game with a class devoted to takedowns! Learn from an accomplished MMA guru in a state-of-the-art combat-sports gym. Master wrestling techniques applicable to multiple MMA styles. Develop throws and flips to drop your foes. Master counters and escapes to frustrate them. Plus, stick around after class for a little extra sparring practice! This class is the perfect way extend your advantage in the fighting cage. It's the kind of class a serious MMA enthusiast will really fall for.
    Takedown Class

    222 Greenfield Ave, San Anselmo

    • Extend your advantage in the MMA arena with a takedown class
    • Learn throws and counters based on wrestling techniques
    • Work under the guidance of an experience instructor
    • Develop your combat acumen and build up your confidence in the process
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    All Levels Capoeira (New Style Motherlode Studio)

    Capoeira looks like a graceful dance, but don't be fooled! It is also a dangerous martial art form that can come in handy when you find yourself in a precarious situation. This form requires strong aerobic skills, including flexibility and endurance. You will improve your sense of balance and your overall body strength simultaneously. Whether you're a beginner or already well-versed in capoeira, this class is open to your personal improvement. The pace of the class will be set depending on the level of the majority of the students. Come revitalize your everyday life with the graceful but powerful movements of capoeira!
    All Levels Capoeira (New Style Motherlode Studio)

    4225 Broadway, Oakland

    • Learn the fundamentals of capoeira, the only indigenous American martial art
    • Revitalize your life with the harmonious movements of capoeira, infused with aerobic and dance elements
    • Improve your flexibility, endurance, and overall body strength
    • Always be prepared to defend yourself
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    White Crane Silat Kung Fu

    Fly like a butterfly, sting like a....crane?! In this group class, you'll get experience with the unique fighting form known as White Crane Silat kung fu, which focuses on real-world self-defense instead of in-class competition. With the help of a trained and friendly instructor, you'll practice moves from both hard and soft self-defense techniques, including stances, kicks, strikes, blocks, and more. You'll also have the chance to put your new skills to the test in partner sparring drills as well as individual repetitions -- all in a supportive and disciplined environment where you can focus on your personal fitness goals! Who knew cranes could be so cool and intimidating at the same time? Now you will!
    White Crane Silat Kung Fu

    368 24th St, Oakland

    • Discover the unique martial art of White Crane Silat kung fu during this professionally-led, all-levels-welcome group class
    • Practice moves in both hard and soft self-defense techniques with individual and partner drills
    • Enjoy a full-body workout that will help you strengthen and tone your muscles and your mind
    • Get a confidence boost by gaining self-defense skills focused on real-world situations
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    Capoeira All Levels (Flying Yoga Annex)

    What if you could gracefully dance your way out of precarious situations? But seriously, who'd have thought that self-defense could be so pretty?! Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, combines elements of dance and aerobics with combat to give the practitioner improved power, flexibility, agility, and endurance. In this class, open to all levels, you'll work alongside an experienced instructor and like minded students to learn more about this beautiful martial art. Each lesson will be tailored to benefit the majority of students of a particular level that are present. That being said, the curriculum will still be followed, but the level of difficulty will vary from class to class. What're you waiting for? It's time to revitalize your body, mind, and soul!
    Capoeira All Levels (Flying Yoga Annex)

    4308 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

    • Learn movements of capoeira, a martial art with origins in Brazil
    • Master the fundamentals or expand on your existing knowledge
    • Try your hand at a self-defense system that doubles as an art form, drawing inspiration from aerobics and dance
    • Improve your sense of inner-harmony, agility, flexibility, and endurance
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    Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (East Bay)

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    Looking to embrace your feminine side? Learn to fight like Ronda Rousey with the largest women's jiu jitsu program in Northern California! The Sweaty Betties is a Rocha Jiu-Jitsu club with a focus on developing and encouraging the community of women jiu jitsu fighters. During this trial offering, you'll be able to see what these ladies are all about, as well as begin picking up the fundamentals of what has come be recognized as not only one of the most popular combat sport styles in the world, but one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense. Capitalizing on the fact that most fights end up on the ground, BJJ specifically champions techniques like grappling and submission that will help you win when you get there. It also teaches that size and strength are secondary to proper positioning, technique, and leverage. BJJ is not only an effective self-defense technique, it's a great way to get fit, and with continued practice you'll find yourself developing increased strength, stamina, and flexibility. While the Betties participate in both local and national tournaments, and are serious about their stuff, all levels of ability and fitness are welcome to join this exciting club. No boys allowed.
    Women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (East Bay)

    3645 Grand Ave, Oakland

    • Learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the Sweaty Betties, an all-female club
    • Master a potent style, and develop reaction time and strategic hand-to-hand combat thinking
    • Get a great cardiovascular workout that will also help you develop muscle and body tone
    • Discover a martial art that will push you to your limits and develop your confidence
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    Kickboxing - Beginner

    Tired of going nowhere fast on the treadmill? Give your feet something else to do with a hard-hitting workout that will change the way you approach fitness forever! Designed around elements of kickboxing training, this eclectic offering will help you build the body of a competitive sport fighter. You'll develop fighting form and power with intense drills that implement boxing and kickboxing strikes. These drills form the backbone of a heart-pounding routine that also features ancillary methods used to train fighters, such as jump rope, plyometrics, calisthenics, circuit training, and ab exercises. And to develop reaction time and speed, and get some practical fighting experience, you may also have the opportunity to engage in controlled sparring with your trainer.
    Kickboxing - Beginner

    2433 Mariner Sq Loop , Alameda

    • Alter your approach to fitness with a high-energy workout featuring kickboxing training
    • Tone and strengthen your body with a martial arts technique proven to promote physical fitness
    • Supplement your kickboxing drills with ab work, calisthenics, plyometrics, and circuit training
    • Develop mental focus and confidence that will benefit other areas of your life outside of the gym
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    Intro to Capoeira Fundamentals (Lake Merritt)

    What if you could gracefully dance your way out of precarious situations? But seriously, who'd have thought that self-defense could be so pretty?! Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, combines elements of dance and aerobics with combat to give the practitioner improved power, flexibility, agility, and endurance. In this introductory class, you'll learn the fundamentals of this self-defense system that doubles as an art form. Master basic movements including the ginga, some kicks, and escapes. Not to mention you'll also become more alert in everyday life. What're you waiting for? It's time to revitalize your body, mind, and soul!
    Intro to Capoeira Fundamentals (Lake Merritt)

    200 Grand Ave, Oakland

    • Learn the fundamentals of capoeira, a martial art with origins in Brazil
    • Master basic movements including the ginga, some kicks, and escapes
    • Try your hand at a self-defense system that doubles as an art form, drawing inspiration from aerobics and dance
    • Improve your sense of inner-harmony, agility, flexibility, and endurance
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    Intro to Wing Chun

    Want to channel your inner Bruce Lee? Learn the same fighting style that he used and mastered! This trial class is the perfect place to explore this impressive but effective style of combat for yourself. With guidance from an experienced professional, you'll learn the basic striking and grappling techniques of Wing Chun-style close-range combat. In addition to learning these fundamentals, you'll be joining a supportive, energetic community of fellow learners. This is a great way to learn to defend yourself while also increasing your fitness level and self-confidence. And who knows, maybe you'll even develop into the next great martial arts star of the silver screen!
    Intro to Wing Chun

    248 Harbor Blvd, Belmont

    • Learn to defend yourself with the Chinese, hand-to-hand combat style of Wing Chun
    • Develop devastating strikes and lightning-fast reflexes in an energetic but disciplined class setting
    • Study under professionals while you gain combat experience and confidence in your abilities from controlled sparring
    • Enjoy getting to know one of the most iconic styles of martial arts ever created
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    Capoeira All Levels (Lake Merritt)

    What if you could gracefully dance your way out of precarious situations? But seriously, who'd have thought that self-defense could be so pretty?! Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, combines elements of dance and aerobics with combat to give the practitioner improved power, flexibility, agility, and endurance. In this class, open to all levels, you'll work alongside an experienced instructor and like minded students to learn more about this beautiful martial art. Each lesson will be tailored to benefit the majority of students of a particular level that are present. That being said, the curriculum will still be followed, but the level of difficulty will vary from class to class. What're you waiting for? It's time to revitalize your body, mind, and soul!
    Capoeira All Levels (Lake Merritt)

    200 Grand Ave, Oakland

    • Learn movements of capoeira, a martial art with origins in Brazil
    • Master the fundamentals or expand on your existing knowledge
    • Try your hand at a self-defense system that doubles as an art form, drawing inspiration from aerobics and dance
    • Improve your sense of inner-harmony, agility, flexibility, and endurance
    BOOK NOW ← Back

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