7014 North Western Avenue Chicago
This is a free self-defense and martial arts class for the LGBTQ community and women of all orientations. No previous experience is necessary.
I want to specifically say that trans people are invited and most welcome.
Please arrive a few minutes before class to acclimate yourself to the space and say hello. Also, please wear loose-fitting clothing and remove any loose/dangly jewelry.
This class will focus on learning to work with our bodies, increasing our intuitive understanding of balance, momentum, and leverage through exercises, partner practice, and learning new techniques and movements. Over time, we will develop the skills and strength to react with awareness to any situation life presents to us.
So, some blend of traditional Japanese martial arts for building core strength and flexibility, some Kung-fu and Aikido for dexterity, evasion, and re-direction, and some Yoga exercises as a body-centered meditation.
I like to have fun during class and get a good workout in, as well as present some technical challenges that get the mind working.
Huge thanks to Sifu Alan Morgan of Northern Raptor Kung Fu for offering their space to host this class, and for being a supporter of the queer community and humanity in general.
About the teacher:
My name is Michael Una. I’m a cis, queer, martial arts practitioner and have studied several different styles and schools of thought. I’m moving to Rogers Park as of 12/1 and spend my spare time building synthesizers and robots when I’m not raising a small human.