In-Person Classes


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 Public Classes menu or click here.

To pay through Victim’s Compensation please email us at: classes@impactboston.org

Classes are listed chronologically

Middle School Safety (ages 10-13)

7-hour class, open to all genders ages 10-13
(Please contact us at info@impactboston.org if you’d like to register someone outside this age range)
Course Fee*: $150

*Scholarships available

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.

Course fee: $150 (scholarships available) 

Upcoming classes:

7/14 10am – 5pm  // Location: Stow, MA

To register, click the button below. To apply for a scholarship, click here

Teen & Young Adult IMPACT

12-hour class, open to women/girls, nonbinary & LGBTQ youth of any gender, ages 16-22
(Please contact us at info@impactboston.org if you’d like to register someone outside this age range)
Course Fee*: $250

*Scholarships available

In this 12-hour class, teens and young adults 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.

Students practice both verbal and physical skills in realistic scenarios with the guidance and support of the coaching team. The class also includes discussion pieces aimed at helping students think critically about how gender expectations may put them in harm’s way and empowering them to prioritize their safety in a threatening situation.

Upcoming classes:

8/3 12pm – 6pm, 8/4 12pm – 6pm (must attend both sessions) // TBD, likely Brighton or Boston, MA

To register, click the button below. To apply for a scholarship, click here

All Gender LGBTQ+ Core IMPACT Program

20-hour class, open to those that identify as LGBTQ+, ages 16+
(Please contact us at info@impactboston.org if you’d like to register someone outside this age range)
Course Fee*: Sliding scale from $50 – $450

*Full scholarships also available

This 20-hour course is specifically designed for people of all genders who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and/or questioning and are 16 or older. 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 behind, 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.

Upcoming classes:

10/4 6pm – 9pm, 10/5 10am – 7pm, 10/6 10am – 6pm (must attend all sessions) // TBD, likely Brighton, MA

To register on the sliding scale, click the button below. To apply for a scholarship, click here

Introduction to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors

6-hour class, open to all genders, ages 16+
(Please contact us at info@impactboston.org if you’d like to register someone outside this age range)
Course Fee*: $150

*Scholarships available

This 6-hour class is designed for survivors of trauma who are interested in taking an IMPACT class. This is a good option for those who are not sure which class best suits their needs; those who would like to take a class that moves through the material at a slower pace, allowing students to learn self-defense at a pace that fits their needs; or those who would like to establish a foundation in IMPACT skills before jumping into a longer class. This course introduces students to IMPACT principles and basic techniques, while also helping students to manage their adrenaline through breathing and body awareness exercises.

Upcoming classes:

10/20 12pm – 6pm // TBD, likely Brighton, MA

To register, click the button below. To apply for a scholarship, click here

Women’s Core IMPACT Program

20-hour class, open to those who identify as women/girls & nonbinary folks who would feel comfortable in a women’s class, ages 16+
(Please contact us at info@impactboston.org if you’d like to register someone outside this age range)
Course Fee*: Sliding scale from $50 – $450

*Full scholarships also available

This is our standard self defense course for women and teen girls ages 16+ 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 behind, attempted sexual assault, and ground fighting.

Upcoming classes:

11/15 6pm – 9pm, 11/16 10am – 7pm, 11/17 10am – 6pm (must attend all sessions) // TBD, likely Brighton, MA

To register on the sliding scale, click the button below. To apply for a scholarship, click here

If you would like to receive an email notification when new class dates are announced and registration goes live, please email: classes@impactboston.org