Intro to IMPACT (3 hrs)

From street safety and awareness to full-force self-defense techniques, this 3-hour class lays a foundation of skills including intuition, situational awareness, body language and voice proven effective at increasing safety and confidence. Participants practice de-escalating dangerous situations, and get the unique and powerful experience of practicing physical techniques at full force in safe and realistic scenarios against a padded mock assailant.

This class is led by a Whistle Instructor, who is the lead coach, and a Suited Instructor, who plays the role of mock assailant and wears a padded suit to allow students to hit full force. Physical techniques include defending against attacks from the front, being grabbed from behind, and an introduction to fighting from the ground. This is a great class to take if you are considering a full-length Women's, LGBTQ+ or Young Adult Basics course, but would like to check out an introductory IMPACT class first. You'll leave this class feeling strong and maybe surprised by your own power and courage!

Open to all genders ages 16+.

IMPACT Bay Area COVID-19 Policies

IMPACT Bay Area continuously monitors public health guidelines at the national, state, and local level and updates our policies accordingly. Click here for the most up-to-date information for our classes, and review carefully before signing up for a class.

Sliding Scale Rates

  • Full-Force ($130): For those with more than enough financial resources and a desire to support access for others.
  • Regular ($85): For those with sufficient financial resources and who can pay fair value for the experience.
  • Supported ($40): For those with currently limited financial resources who will benefit from access supplemented by the community.

Scholarships

At IMPACT we believe self-defense is for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. If you have financial need and want to request a scholarship space, email [email protected] with the name and date of the class you are interested in. If there is space available, we will provide info on how to register, including how to make a meaningful, affordable co-pay of your choice to confirm your commitment to the class.

Payment Plans

Email [email protected] to learn more about our flexible payment plans.


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