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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.

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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.

Enroll in a self-defense class today!

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In-Person Basics

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.

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All-Gender 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. 

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Setting Boundaries: 
Essential Tools for a Changing World

In this 90-minute online class you will learn and practice setting verbal boundaries with strangers when you go out to do your essential job, go grocery shopping, or even just out for a walk.

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Creating Safer Spaces:
Setting Boundaries with People You Know

In this 90-minute online class, you will learn how to set boundaries with that overly friendly neighbor, your friend who takes things just a step too far, or a coworker who oversteps your boundaries.

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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.

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Coming Soon! IMPACT 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. 

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.

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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.

Refunds

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.

Testimonials

"I am so thankful that my friend Ellen asked me to take this course. I found 'myself' in the course. I cannot explain how I walked in the door one person and walked out the door as a different human being. As a woman, I walk through life daily being afraid to walk in a darkened garage, being afraid to get in an elevator, for fear that someone is going to hurt me. I left the course realizing that I have a say in the matter . . . I have a voice for myself. I can say, 'No.' Not only can I say, 'no,' I can deliver consequences when what I say is not honored. Guess what? I might have to hurt somebody ... and so be it. That emboldens me to stand tall, walk proud, and be fearless. What a gift!!"

Dawn / 2018