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Someday NO will be enough. Until then, there's IMPACT.

IMPACT Bay Area teaches full force self-defense in a safe and empowering environment. Since 1985, we've taught people effective boundary setting, personal safety, and physical self-defense skills. We believe that everyone has the right to safety - our classes accommodate various ages and body types.

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1. Register for Tacos & Takedowns 8/3 at 2:00 PM 

Join us for a fun-filled day with your favorite IMPACT Instructors! Enjoy delicious food & drinks, exciting model fights, a silent auction, & a raffle. We'll celebrate our past year & share what's to come.

2. Donate to increase safety in our communities

With your support, IMPACT can continue to provide scholarships for vulnerable students for whom price is a barrier. Your donation can help us host pro-bono classes this winter and Fall. Help us build a safer space for all!

We're Hiring!

We work with an exclusive team of staff and instructors who believe that self-defense is about much more than physical strikes, and are committed to helping others access their own power. Our graduates describe the experience as ”life changing,” “empowering,” and as an important part of their trauma healing. 

We are currently seeking candidates for our Board of Directors and Instructor Team. If you're looking for meaningful involvement in violence prevention in the Bay Area, check out more information about our current openings:

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What people are saying

  • I understand now why this course is called IMPACT.  Not only have I learned a ton of skills for protecting myself physically, mentally, or emotionally if needed, but mainly I've been given the gift of my voice and power back.
  • This was an amazing opportunity to integrate parts of myself I wasn't sure could connect before. I was able to face my fear and heal because of the expert training, techniques and the totally safe space that was created.
  • I will recommend this course to everyone I know. I feel so much more confident with myself now that I can defend myself, and am so lucky to have been able to learn it in such a supportive environment.





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    We believe that everyone should have access to personal safety training.

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