IMPACT classes teach self-defense strategies that are effective regardless of size, age, or fitness level. Our training programs give people the tools to stay calm and focused in unsafe situations. Instructors are trained to recreate common assault scenarios. In response most students feel fear. The training process helps you manage your body’s natural stress response so you can defend yourself effectively.
IMPACT instructors use special protective gear that allows students to safely practice physical techniques by striking with the amount of physical force needed to incapacitate an attacker. You learn to swim by getting in the water. Similarly, the most effective way to learn to defend yourself by actually doing it.
IMPACT has scholarships available for all classes and we accept Victim’s Compensation.
To apply for a scholarship please visit the “Scholarship Opportunities ” page, located at the bottom of the CLASSES menu.
To pay through Victim’s Compensation please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Class dates and times can be found on individual class pages located in the CLASSES menu
*Our classes that were previously titled “Basics” are now called “Core Program”
Women’s Core Program
This is our standard self defense course for women and teen girls ages 14+ that teaches students to resist threats, intimidation and violence perpetrated by strangers and familiar people. In a supportive, trauma-sensitive environment, students learn assertive verbal boundary setting techniques and physical skills to defend against a number of threatening scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from the rear, attempted sexual assault, and ground fighting.
Women of Color Core Program
This 20-hour weekend course is specifically designed for women and teen girls of color ages 14+. Students develop physical and verbal skills to resist threats, intimidation, violence and acts of discrimination perpetrated by both strangers and familiar people. In a supportive, trauma-informed environment, students learn assertive boundary setting techniques and physical skills to defend and fight back against various threatening situations including confrontations, verbal assault/harassment, attacks from behind, attempted sexual assaults, and ground fighting. This class will also address harm reduction strategies in response to state violence.
All Gender LGBTQ Core Program
This is our standard self defense basics course for people of all genders who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and/or questioning and are above the age of 14. In this course you will learn to resist threats, intimidation, and violence perpetrated by strangers and familiar people. In a supportive, trauma-sensitive environment, students learn assertive verbal boundary setting techniques and physical self-defense skills to defend against a number of threatening scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from the rear, attempted sexual assault, and ground fighting. Taught by instructors familiar with the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ violence prevention, this course offers scenarios that address the specific ways in which LGBTQ individuals are intimidated and attacked.
Men’s Core Program
This is our standard self defense basics course for Men and teen boys ages 14+ that teaches students to resist threats, intimidation and violence perpetrated by strangers and familiar people. In a trauma sensitive, non-competitive environment, students learn how to deal effectively with the most common ways men are threatened and attacked. The course focuses on conflict de-escalation, self control, situation based safety decision making, and understanding the difference between appropriate and inappropriate violence.
Assertiveness & Boundary Setting
Many people find that the ability to set and maintain boundaries greatly enhances their sense of safety. This course is an 8 hour all-verbal course that teaches students the skills for effective communication and negotiation in stressful situations. Students learn to set boundaries both verbally and with body language. They learn strategies for assessing challenging situations and relationships to determine the boundary that needs to be set. Practicing these skills in realistic scenarios, students have the opportunity to become comfortable staying calm and articulate while explaining their needs in situations involving strangers, co-workers, acquaintances, friends, family and partners.
Courses for Trauma Survivors
Introduction to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors
This 4-hour class is designed for survivors of trauma who are interested in taking an
IMPACT class but are not sure which class best suits their needs. This class introduces students to
IMPACT principles and basic techniques, while also helping students to manage their adrenaline
through breathing and body awareness exercises.
Take Your Power
Take Your Power was designed specifically to address the long-term effects of abuse on intimate relationships and sexual health. Take Your Power combines IMPACT’s physical and verbal safety skills with a unique curriculum focused on healthy relationships and negotiation skills, healthy sexuality, and HIV/STD risk reduction. Light refreshments and child care are provided.
Courses for Children and Young Teens
Kidsafe (ages 7-9)
Children are taught to call attention to threatening situations, distinguish between safe and unsafe adults, and ask a trusted adult for help.
Middle School Safety (ages 10-13)
This course helps students develop the skills to respond to potentially dangerous situations. Students learn to avoid altercations, resist intimidation, assert themselves in the face of peer pressure and escape potential assaults. They are also taught how to report dangerous situations to a safe adult. Scenarios focus on issues relevant to their lives such as bullying, dating situations, and increasing independence.
Courses for Teens and Young Adults
College Bound Safety (mixed gender, ages 14+)
In this 12 hour class students learn skills to help navigate increasing independence. Lessons include physical and verbal self-protection skills, strategies to stop attempted sexual assaults, assertive communication, how to safely intervene when a friend is at risk, and tools to recognize unhealthy relationships.
Teen Boys Class (ages 14-18)
In this 8-hour course students will learn verbal and physical self-defense skills, as well as skills to de-escalate conflicts, avoid being drawn into fights, and to speak up and intervene when other people’s safety is at risk.
(must be a graduate of a Core Program to register)
Defense Against Firearms
This updated advanced course teaches strategies for the unarmed person to disarm a potential assailant who is carrying a pistol or rifle. The course combines practical physical skills with a basic overview of how firearms work.
Defense Against Knives & Edged Weapons
This updated advanced course presents students with practical skills for protecting themselves against assailants that are armed with knives or other edged weapons. Strategies for creating physical distance are addressed as well as an overview of the most common crimes committed with edged weapons in our region.