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We are a dedicated group of people working together to end violence in our society. We do this by empowering people to take control of their lives through physical and verbal skills and the fundamental truth that your life is worth fighting for.

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What is IMPACT?

At IMPACT, we believe that you were born with the skills to take care of yourself. Our classes allow you to be re-introduced to those innate skills. In the class, you practice skills designed to help you identify unsafe or uncomfortable behavior, feel the power of making educated choices, and take healthy risks. We work to empower people to navigate the world safely.

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Real Self-Defense practice

Although IMPACT is best known for its dynamic fights, we strongly believe that fighting is a last resort. In fact, our emphasis on verbal skills has become a strong component in our programs, where we help students develop boundary-setting skills to resolve conflicts, improve communication, and avoid dangerous situations.

 
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Techniques for life

Rarely does an IMPACT graduate have to use the physical techniques we’ve taught them. But in situations where fighting for one’s life or safety did become a necessity, nearly every graduate of our program (adults, teens, children – all genders) needed just one or two blows to either scare off their assailant or disable him enough to allow a safe escape.

Enroll in a Class

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.

Enroll in a self-defense class today!

Click "Register Now" on any class for schedule, pricing, and more!

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In-Person

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.

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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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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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In-Person

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.

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In-Person

Advanced Class

If you and your partner have taken Basics, why not take this Advanced weekend together. 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.!

 
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IMPACT classes

We address situations ranging from the day-to-day boundary violation to the worst-case scenario of actual assault. Our self-defense 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 teaching classes for physically disabled (deaf, blind, wheelchair-bound) and elderly people.

What are you gonna learn in Class?

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Intuition and awareness skills

In our opinion, the most important survival tool we’ve been given is intuition. People experience intuition differently, and paired with the awareness skills you will gain in class, you can hone your intuition to work for you. Your intuition has one job – to give you signals to help you survive based on all the information gathered throughout your life. It is not there to trick you. Believe in your intuition.

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Fear management

IMPACT introduce adrenaline scenarios and work on fear management, and it can open up your life in unpredictable ways. We hear from students who’ve tried new things, like a scary new sport, or managed performance anxiety and passed a crucial exam, or calmly managed an accident situation.

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Skills that stick with you

Our scenario-based training puts you in increasingly challenging situations that train you in the same manner as when you ride a bike. We layer the information and skill building so that the skills stay in your body for the rest of your life stored in your procedural memory (muscle memory). You won’t have to think, “What did I learn in that class…?” because your body, your procedural memory, will know what to do...just like riding a bike.

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.

Verbal skills and healthy boundary-setting

Thanks to their new confidence, most students report using their verbal skills all the time to do much more than talk their way out of danger. They face hard talks with family, negotiate a raise with an intimidating boss, and speak up in ways they wouldn’t have before class. And while most students never use their skills to defend themselves physically, the body language and confidence development generated in class becomes a crucial part of your non-physical skills, as well.

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We’ve combined four decades of expertise from diverse martial artists, FBI and police research on survivors and perpetrators of violent crimes, neurological research, and effective communication techniques in developing our training system. Our highly developed program is designed to provide our students with realistic and useful fighting and speaking skills.

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Do you have more questions?