Impact Bay Area offers a variety of classes and scholarships are available for most classes. We keep all of our classes small in size in order to ensure that everyone has the best learning experience possible. Read below to learn more about what each class offers and to view to upcoming dates.
Overview of Classes
Intro to Personal Self-Defense Classes (1 Hour, Beginner's Level)
Our intro classes are short and an affordable option to begin your self-defense training. Depending on the course, attendees learn how to use verbal boundary-setting and de-escalation techniques, how to avoid being an "easy target," and how to assess when a physical response to aggression is required.
Intro to Full-Force Self-Defense Classes (3 Hour, Beginner's Level)
Upcoming Course: June 13, 2015, 11-2 PM. This class covers street safety & awareness, physical & verbal boundary setting and some basic full-force self-defense tactics proven effective at keeping you safer in the world. Includes practice with front and rear grab responses and effective ground fighting with a padded mock assailant. For maximum individual instruction, classes are limited to 14-16 students. This class is open to adults of all genders. This is a great class to take if you are considering the full-length Basics course but want to check it out first.
Women's Basics Classes (20+ Hours, Beginner's Level)
If you are ready to dive into full-force self-defense, this is the class for you! Basics is our core program and is taught in a variety of forms, including special formats to address the needs of men, women, LGBTQ groups and more. Attendees learn situational awareness, verbal and emotional boundary setting, and physical self-defense tactics. We also explore issues related to fear and violence in society. Students have multiple opportunities practice their new skills at full-force against "mock assailant" instructor and to create custom fight scenarios.See upcoming Women's Basics Classes
LGBTQ Basics Classes (24+ Hours, Beginner's Level)
Impact Bay Area is dedicated to providing personal safety skills and confidence to our students, particularly those who are most at risk of being seen as a "target." The LGBTQ class was developed studying attacks that commonly occur against this community, and effective skills for self-defense in those scenarios. We also explore issues related to fear and violence in society, and students have an opportunity to create custom fight scenarios. Our instructors provide an inclusive, safe and supportive environment for students to learn these valuable techniques and to develop confidence in their abilities. Our goal is for our students be safer and stronger in the world. This class is open to people in the LGBTQ community of any gender. For maximum individual instruction, classes are limited to 14-16 students. This course meets on multiple dates over the course of two weekends - please make sure you are available to attend the entire course.See upcoming LGBTQ Basics Classes
Young Adult "Fight Like a Girl" Classes (16 Hours, Beginner's Level)
The Young Adult "Fight Like a Girl" Self-Defense course is designed specifically for young adult women ages 16-22. This 16-hour course focuses on verbal and physical defense tactics against stranger and acquaintance violence, and includes additional training beyond the Teen "Kick Like a Girl" courses. This course gives students the opportunity to practice full-force on "mock assailant" instructors in well-padded suits. Practicing these full-force self-defense techniques, led by a female instructor, allows our students to experience the benefits of "muscle memory" - their bodies will remember the techniques in a crisis situation. Students will gain the confidence and skills needed to feel safer in the world. Students MUST BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OLD on the first day of class.See scheduled YA "Fight Like a Girl" classes
Teen "Kick Like a Girl" Classes (10 Hours, Beginner's Level)
Our "Kick Like a Girl" class is a 10-hour course, designed specifically for teen girls ages 12-16. This course focuses on preventing stranger and peer violence. Students practice verbal boundary setting and role playing intended to help students learn to prevent attacks from ever happening because we believe that the best fight is no fight at all. This course gives students the opportunity to practice full-force on a "mock assailant" instructor in a well-padded suit. Practicing these full-force self-defense techniques, lead by a female instructor, allows our students to experience the benefits of "muscle memory" - their bodies will remember the techniques in a crisis situation. Students will gain the confidence and skills needed to feel safer in the world. Classes are limited to 14-16 students.See upcoming Teen "Kick Like a Girl" Classes
Kids Classes (2-3 Hours, Beginner's Level)
We do not currently have any kids classes scheduled, but we do offer private classes for schools or Scout Troops or other small groups. We offer Kids classes for ages 6-8 (2 hour class) or ages 9-11 (3 hour class). Kids learn boundary setting skills for dealing with friends and adults, including strangers. They also learn physical techniques to learn in an emergency and get to practice the techniques full force on an instructor in a padded suit. We also offer caregiver classes we teach parents and children separately about self defense skills for children, and then bring parents and children together for the children to have an opportunity to practice their skills with their parents.
Advanced Classes (20+ Hours, Advanced Level)
Our Advanced classes build on our core Basics Class. Classes include a Basic Refresher and Beyond Basics, where students can refine the skills they’ve already learned. Advanced classes are also offered to teach defense against multiple attackers and self defense against assailants armed with weapons. Students must have graduated from our Basics course in order to attend an Advanced Class.