Sports & Outdoors-Participatory

Martial Arts Open House

When: First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 4, 7-11 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31 2009

Art Murmur can be a harrowing experience for agoraphobics, neurotics, and otherwise paranoid people. After all, you never know when some fashionista plans to sneak up from behind and jack you for that shirt you just screen-printed at the Rock Paper Scissors Gallery -- and yes, some of them took P.E. in high school. Thankfully, Soja Martial Arts (2406 Webster St., Oakland) now offers free self-defense and body work demonstrations for beginners every First Friday, in coordination with the monthly art walk. Held from 6-10 p.m., these workshops also feature ten-minute massages, refreshments, and dancing to beats by Blipsync. Check out the first installment this Friday, Jan. 4. SojaMartialArts.com


Rachel Swan

Price: free

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