Is it your first time learning self defense or martial arts and need encouragement and sensitivity? Did you study a martial art in your past and are looking to re-enter the practice? Are you an advanced martial artist looking for LGBTQIA community?
Join Traction Project every Friday at the amazing Four Elements Fitness to participate in our Free LGBTQIA+ Grappling class! Wear comfortable workout/yoga clothing, training will be barefoot or in socks. We have developed our own Gender Protocol to help make grappling arts more accessible for trans* people — scroll down to read it.
Fridays 7:30 pm to 8:30pm
Near the corner of 16th St. and San Pablo
322 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Drop-ins are welcome! But if it helps to officially put us in your schedule, you can: Sign-up for Class.
FOUR Elements Gym strives to be a welcoming place for people who may not feel at home in other workout spaces. Your presence plays a major part of what makes the gym an excellent place to be. To make sure everyone is working together to word hard, we offer these guidelines to keep things smooth on and off the mat.
- All participation is opt-in. You are in control of what you do in the gym — you can step out of any activity, with no explanation needed.
- No biting.
- During drills, allow your partner to perform the drill on you, don’t make it hard for them. Provide appropriate resistance when requested and check in with the instructors when there are questions.
- Tap-out early and often. Egos heal faster than the body.
- If you hurt someone during sparring, they won’t be able to continue to roll. We want for everyone to keep coming back.
- If you are larger than your partner, be mindful of how you are moving. Do your best to be aware of how you are affecting the other person.
- Take good care of yourself by discussing your boundaries with your training partner as needed.
- Using neutral (they/them) pronouns is generally respectful — but only if you use them unilaterally with all people you don’t know, trans and cis.
- If a person discloses their pronoun preference, please use that pronoun.
- Even if it is an innocent mistake, using the wrong pronouns can create distress and an unwelcoming environment.
- When you ask a person’s pronouns, offer up your own as well.
- If you use the wrong pronoun, correct the pronoun, restate the sentence, and move on. Excessively apologizing for misgendering someone can draw an embarrassing level of attention to them.
- If you make pronoun mistakes often, try practicing on your own rather than asking a trans person for help or forgiveness.