IMPACT Bay Area is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that teaches effective boundary setting, personal safety, and physical self-defense skills. Our classes are tailored to meet the needs of people of different ages, genders, and identities.
We envision a community where everyone has the personal safety tools to live a fuller, more confident life.
What Makes Us Unique
Full-Force, with Safety
We train students to fight full-force against padded mock attackers in an adrenalized state, to engrain our techniques into muscle memory. This means that the body will remember - and respond appropriately - even when the mind has forgotten or "freezes" during an attack.
Our instructors are trained to use real-life scenarios of violence and potential violence by playing the role of perpetrators so that students are prepared to counter an actual assault.
Training Tailored to the Individual
Our simple and effective techniques utilize the strengths in each student's body. Class size is limited to provide a maximum level of individual instruction.
Confronting the Emotion of Violence
Our trauma-informed instructors create a supportive environment to help students develop inner strength and work through fears.