Classes for Men

IMPACT has scholarships available for all classes and we also accept payment through the Massachusetts Victim’s Compensation program
To apply for a scholarship please visit the “Scholarship Opportunities ” page located at the bottom of the CLASS OPTIONS menu to the right of the screen. 
To pay through Victim’s Compensation please email us at:
*Unless otherwise stated, all classes are located at 420 Pearl Street in Malden, MA.

A message to our community:

Due to the pandemic we are not currently offering in-person classes. Information about men’s in-person classes we normally offer (and will offer again when the situation improves) is below, as well as our current online offerings for men. If you would like to join our email list and be notified when we start running in-person classes again, email us at


Introduction to Self-Defense
Open to adults & teens of all genders ages 16+
Course Fee: Sliding Scale $5-35

In this virtual introductory workshop you will learn the skills to physically and verbally protect yourself from unsafe situations. Through videos and live instruction, you’ll practice communicating assertively, resisting coercion and intimidation, and using physical strikes to protect your body.

Upcoming Introduction to Self-Defense Classes:

October: October 5, 6:00-8:00pm EST

To pay full price ($35), please register online using the button below:


To pay another amount on the sliding scale (between $5-35), you can register by emailing or calling 781-321-3900

Assertiveness & Boundary Setting
8 hours, all genders, ages 14+
Course fee: $185

Many people find that the ability to set and maintain boundaries greatly enhances their sense of safety. This 8-hour all-verbal course teaches students skills for effective communication and negotiation in stressful situations. 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.

Upcoming Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Classes:

November Weekend: 11/14/20 + 11/15/20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm both days



Men’s Core Program
20 hours, boys & men (trans-inclusive), ages 14+
Course fee: $350

*Previously called Men’s Basics

In a supportive, non-competitive environment, students learn how to respond to the most common ways men are threatened and attacked. The course focuses on conflict de-escalation, self control, decision making, and understanding the difference between appropriate and inappropriate violence.

Class not currently scheduled. To inquire about a private group or be placed on the wait list contact 781-321-3900 or


Teen Boys Class
8 hours, boys & young men (trans-inclusive), ages 14+
Course fee: $200

In this course students will learn the skills to de-escalate conflicts, avoid being drawn into fights, as well as verbal and physical self-defense skills. Students will also learn skills to speak up and intervene when other people’s safety is at risk.

Students learn:

Verbal de-escalation skills
How to stay calm when someone is trying to provoke them

Verbal self-defense skills
How to avoid a fight, how to keep a threat from turning into a physical fight

Physical Self-Protection
As a last resort how to protect themselves if someone physically attacks them

How to help others stay safe
What to do if someone they know is attempting to sexually or physically assault someone else

Upcoming Teen Boys Classes: TBD


IMPACT Review Class
6 hours, all genders, for grads of Core Programs
Course fee: $150

A chance for students who have graduated from our Core Program to review teaching pieces and practice their verbal and physical skills in realistic scenarios.

Upcoming IMPACT Review Classes: TBD


Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Part 2
4 hours, graduates of Assertiveness & Boundary Setting only
Course fee: $95

This 4-hour course begins with a review of the concepts and skills learned in the Assertiveness & Boundary Setting class, and adds strategies for dealing with the defensiveness often exhibited by people during difficult conversations. As always the emphasis is on practicing the skills learned in realistic scenarios. Assertiveness & Boundary Setting is a prerequisite.

Upcoming A + B Part 2 Classes: TBD


Introduction to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors
6 hours, all genders, ages 14+
Course fee: $150

This class provides a slow and gradual introduction to physical and verbal IMPACT self-defense skills. This six hour course allows students to learn basic self-defense skills as well as discuss trauma responses and how they affect the body.

Upcoming Intro to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors Classes: TBD


For more information call (781) 321-3900 or email us at