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Our goal is for every person, regardless of age, gender, race, or physical or mental ability, to be able to go where they want, when they want, day or night, feeling comfortable and safe moving through their daily lives.


Why should you enroll in an IMPACT class?

IMPACT gives you LIFE skills and tools to:

  • Believe you can take care of yourself.

  • Identify and curtail behavior that is unsafe or uncomfortable.

  • Allow yourself more movement in the world.

  • Feel you are empowered to make choices and take healthy risks.

  • End relationships that don’t work.

All Classes

Reconnect with your fighting spirit.
Enroll in a self-defense class today!

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Basics Class

In our flagship 16-hour course, you will learn verbal and physical defense tactics for a wide range of real-life scenarios including dealing with strangers and people you know.



Intro Workshop

This three-hour, hands-on class gives students a comprehensive taste of all our training. You will work on awareness, verbal and physical self-defense skills in a safe and supportive environment.


Defense Against An Armed Assailant

We demystify the hype around weapons and deal with the psychology of why an assailant chooses what they choose. You'll gain a peaceful sense of being able to handle yourself and make smart choices about whatever danger or threats may come your way.



Kids Class

This is not a scary course! Kids come out feeling like little super heroes who have a say in their own safety and well-being. Over two three-hour sessions, kids practice strike and flee responses designed to get them out of harm’s way and to safety.



Advanced Class

If you have taken Basics, why not take this Advanced weekend? You’ll work on taking your adrenaline management skills to a higher level by reviewing Basics techniques and building on them with some of our favorite fight scenarios!



Fight Night

Fight Night is the ultimate refresher course! 
Come and practice techniques and scenarios up to the level of class you have achieved. 
It's fun, it's exciting, and we don't offer them very often. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Learn more about IMPACT programs


IMPACT courses address situations ranging from the day-to-day boundary violation to the worst-case scenario of actual assault. Our classes set up safe simulations reproducing what happens in the “real world.”

Using an integrated mix of physical and verbal skills, our classes are engaging and hands-on. Classes are fluid, interactive, and supportive. Anyone can take IMPACT. Our classes can be adapted and personalized to meet the needs of your group—mixed-gender, individual gender, LBGTQ+, BIPOC, and all human courses available. We also have experience in teaching classes for physically disabled (deaf, blind, wheelchair-bound) and elderly people.

  • What type of self-defense do you teach?
    Our goal is to empower individuals to make effective personal safety choices. In an emotionally supportive environment, you will practice both verbal and physical skills with our fully padded mock assailant. With this unique physical training method, you can deliver full-force, full-contact knock-out blows to vulnerable areas on the padded assailant’s body in dynamic, interactive fights. Training also includes verbal self-defense strategies practiced in role playing scenarios in a wide array of contexts, dealing with strangers as well as people you know.
  • Is IMPACT a form of martial arts?
    No. While the IMPACT system owes credit to many different martial arts such as Krav Maga, Aikido and Tae Kwon Do, it does not share the discipline or fitness goals of martial arts. It can best be described as street fighting, which is appropriate as most attacks are scrappy, no-rules attacks.
  • What will I learn?
    You will learn the most common ways that individuals are attacked as well as the strategies and psychology of assailants. Classes prepare you mentally and physically to handle the full range of challenging situations that we all face in our daily lives, including the danger of extreme circumstances. Specifically, you will learn to: Avoid danger by heightening your awareness. Shorten your body’s natural “freeze” response. Capitalize on the adrenaline rush (your body’s response to fear and danger). Assess situations quickly and respond decisively. Use your voice, brain, body and spirit to stay safe.
  • What other benefits will I receive?
    The benefits of class go beyond learning how to stay safe or how to intervene in a potentially violent encounter. Our graduates report positive effects such as: Greater general awareness and confidence. Increased self-esteem and assertiveness. Ability to communicate clearly and directly. Creative and flexible problem solving skills. Improved leadership skills. More focus and effectiveness at work. Calm and clear-headed thinking during stress or crisis.
  • Who teaches the classes?
    Our instructors undergo hundreds of hours of training and supervision to earn their certification from nationally recognized instructor trainers. They are professionals dedicated to ending the cycle of violence. Both our padded and lead instructors are vetted and screened before being accepted into our training program.
  • Will these techniques work for me?
    That is really up to you. Once you are in touch with your fighting spirit and know your life is worth fighting for, you will fight successfully. We believe that the one who decides to win the fight does just that.
  • What if I have special needs?
    We are committed to removing barriers for all interested students. Our instructors will adapt the techniques to work with your physical challenges or pre-existing injuries. We’ve taught 90-year olds in walkers, people with cerebral palsy, and people with typical athlete joint injuries. In fact, the blindfold fighting techniques in our Advanced Course came out of working with a group of blind students.
  • Do you have payment plans/financial assistance?
    Yes, for all courses over $100. We never want money to be the reason a person doesn’t get this life-saving training. Payment Plans: We require $100 deposit and then we can break up the remainder of the tuition into two, three, or four monthly payments as best fits your budget. If a class has a minimum number of students, we are able to offer a scholarship spot. Scholarship recipients will have demonstrated financial need and will write an essay of their class experience to be shared in our materials.
  • What is “Personal Safety”?
    We define personal safety in a broad context. Personal safety is external awareness of our environment, choices about how we behave, how we speak to others, and how we let others speak to us. In its simplest sense, it is the skills needed to set limits in situations that make us uncomfortable or are potentially dangerous. It includes how we feel about ourselves (self-esteem, self-efficacy, and confidence), how we relate to our bodies, and how to trust our instincts.
  • How do you teach personal safety skills to children?
    Our educational model emphasizes concept-based, learned, repetitive role-plays. We teach positive reinforcement and learning through success. Simple safety rules are presented in a straightforward and understandable manner. All of the teaching material is age appropriate so students can easily learn the information. The curriculum follows the recommendations of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It’s not a scary class but a fun process where kids tap into their inner superhero.
  • How can this program lower children’s anxiety?
    Giving children information about safety is part of our responsibility as adults. Education does not raise children’s anxiety; it actually can lower anxiety by providing them with a plan and teaching them self-reliance. Teaching self-defense is similar to teaching your children other safety skills, such as how to cross the street or how to use a kitchen knife. It is not necessary to discuss the details of being hit by a car or cut by a sharp knife to learn safe conduct, just as it is not necessary to discuss the details of child abuse or molestation to learn self-defense.
  • Need a refund?
    Most series classes require a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot in class. If a student needs to drop out of the class at any point, tuition can transfer to another class of equal value within a year. If a student withdraws from a class two weeks before its start and they do not want to reschedule their class for another of equal value within a year, they will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable $100). If they withdraw within those final two weeks without trying to reschedule, they will be eligible for a 50% refund. ​ If a student drops out of a class for ANY reason after a series has started and they do not or cannot reschedule to a class offered within a year, no refund will be issued. If that student wishes to start over in a subsequent series after a year has passed, the previous tuition will NOT roll forward. They will be eligible to receive class at the retaker price minus whatever discounts they may be eligible for as if they were a totally new student.

IMPACT Instructors are Certified to Teach

  • Recognizing the warning signs of violence

  • Utilizing verbal techniques to address harassment

  • Boundary-setting and communication strategies

  • Strategies for de-escalation, and bystander intervention

  • Physical fighting techniques to avoid an assault

  • Grounding and emotional care practices for resiliency​


Have a group or special class request?

To request a private or special Introduction Workshop or other courses, take into consideration:

  • Workshops are 3 hours long.

  • All special request courses must be scheduled/confirmed at least two weeks in advance.

  • If you wish to request a class other than a Workshop please note this in the Comments field at the bottom.

"Somehow, even without realizing, I had changed to a ready stance and all the instructions had come flooding back.  Fortunately, it did not escalate - but the verbal de-escalation lessons and a sense for what to do in case of escalation (knee to the groin, for sure) helped us tremendously."

Men’s Class Graduate

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