Queer Fighters are creating weekly self-defense & martial arts LGBTQI+ classes
30

patrons

$249
per month
Since 2016 FOUR Elements Fitness has been holding weekly self-defense / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by and for the LGBTQI+ community in the Bay Area. Friday night classes are usually filled to the brim—the demand has been ever growing and it is clear that our community needs this type of specialized training more than ever.

It's time to expand this program and also make it FREE for the community!

I'm a trans woman and this class is saving my life. I always got pushed out of martial arts as a kid (kung fu, fencing, even tai chi). While I was a good student & the instructors loved me, traditional pedantic/disclipline-based teaching styles is bad news for people with dysphoria and I certainly wasn't game for the toxic masculinity of sports culture. As an adult I wanted to learn self-defense in order to survive my day-to-day life as a queer/trans person, but I was too nervous to be hazed by the girls in existing women's self-defense courses who don't see me as one of them, and I also hate the token useless advice from men who don't understand the realities of transmisogynist violence."—Scout



THANK YOU for joining us in providing something that is dearly needed. With Patrons like you, we will be able to cover the cost of space expansion, top notch training, equipment, gear and clothing (since many of the program participants cannot afford workout attire).

We hold classes at FOUR Elements Fitness in Oakland, CA, which is a women-of-color-owned combat arts studio which has provided full and partial scholarships to many of the students. Most traditional fight gyms are unsupportive, uncomfortable or unsafe for trans and queer folk, so let's work together and change this!

Do you want to make a large, one-time donation? Do you need our tax identification number for your taxes? Contact us at [email protected] to make arrangements. 
Tiers
High Five for the Regulars!
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
No specific reward but the excellent feeling of supporting this excellent community. Your donation at this tier will sustain the long-term FOUR ELEMENTS members. Some of us come to the gym to sweat away the day; some of us come to be around people who share the same experiences of identity; and some of us want to find out how far we can push our bodies in a safer space. Whatever your donation level, we'll be posting photos and videos here. 
Cheer A New Student On!
$10 or more per month 13 patrons
Your donation at this tier is dedicated to our new students! By giving at this level, you make the gym able to be a lighthouse beacon for students who have never trained and or might be scared to start—this is the reason we exist! For many of us, the traditional gym isn’t a place to feel completely comfortable—whether due to homophobia, binary gender categories, or any other tacky reason that our identities aren’t welcome on the mat. We hope to bring together queer grapplers and boxers to train in a community that allows us to show our heart and our hard work. 
We're Tapping Out to Your Awesomeness!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Having a strong and consistent donation stream will give the gym the kind of stability and longevity that students need to study these sports in depth. You are doing such a wonderful service for so many people.
Goals
$249 of $2,000 per month
LGBTQI+ STUDENTS GET ONE DAY A WEEK OF FREE CLASSES

We want to offer a whole day every week for LGBTQI+ students to train for FREE. This would include both grappling and striking classes. Your contribution will rent the space, pay instructors and buy gym attire for students who can’t afford their own. Show your support of queer fighters with a monthly donation! 
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Since 2016 FOUR Elements Fitness has been holding weekly self-defense / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by and for the LGBTQI+ community in the Bay Area. Friday night classes are usually filled to the brim—the demand has been ever growing and it is clear that our community needs this type of specialized training more than ever.

It's time to expand this program and also make it FREE for the community!

I'm a trans woman and this class is saving my life. I always got pushed out of martial arts as a kid (kung fu, fencing, even tai chi). While I was a good student & the instructors loved me, traditional pedantic/disclipline-based teaching styles is bad news for people with dysphoria and I certainly wasn't game for the toxic masculinity of sports culture. As an adult I wanted to learn self-defense in order to survive my day-to-day life as a queer/trans person, but I was too nervous to be hazed by the girls in existing women's self-defense courses who don't see me as one of them, and I also hate the token useless advice from men who don't understand the realities of transmisogynist violence."—Scout



THANK YOU for joining us in providing something that is dearly needed. With Patrons like you, we will be able to cover the cost of space expansion, top notch training, equipment, gear and clothing (since many of the program participants cannot afford workout attire).

We hold classes at FOUR Elements Fitness in Oakland, CA, which is a women-of-color-owned combat arts studio which has provided full and partial scholarships to many of the students. Most traditional fight gyms are unsupportive, uncomfortable or unsafe for trans and queer folk, so let's work together and change this!

Do you want to make a large, one-time donation? Do you need our tax identification number for your taxes? Contact us at [email protected] to make arrangements. 

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Tiers
High Five for the Regulars!
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
No specific reward but the excellent feeling of supporting this excellent community. Your donation at this tier will sustain the long-term FOUR ELEMENTS members. Some of us come to the gym to sweat away the day; some of us come to be around people who share the same experiences of identity; and some of us want to find out how far we can push our bodies in a safer space. Whatever your donation level, we'll be posting photos and videos here. 
Cheer A New Student On!
$10 or more per month 13 patrons
Your donation at this tier is dedicated to our new students! By giving at this level, you make the gym able to be a lighthouse beacon for students who have never trained and or might be scared to start—this is the reason we exist! For many of us, the traditional gym isn’t a place to feel completely comfortable—whether due to homophobia, binary gender categories, or any other tacky reason that our identities aren’t welcome on the mat. We hope to bring together queer grapplers and boxers to train in a community that allows us to show our heart and our hard work. 
We're Tapping Out to Your Awesomeness!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Having a strong and consistent donation stream will give the gym the kind of stability and longevity that students need to study these sports in depth. You are doing such a wonderful service for so many people.