LGBTQ+ Classes

IMPACT Bay Area is dedicated to providing personal safety skills and confidence to communities most at risk of violence and harassment in our society. Our classes are intended to empower students with introductory skills in healthy boundary-setting and full force self-defense. IMPACT's LGBTQ+ classes include LGBTQ+ Intro to IMPACT, which is a three-hour workshop, and LGBTQ+ Basics (next dates TBD; email [email protected] to join the announcement list), which is a 4-day course.

LGBTQ+ Intro to IMPACT (3-hr):

This three-hour training covers street safety and awareness, physical and verbal boundary setting, and full force self-defense skills proven effective at increasing safety and confidence. Students get the unique and powerful experience of practicing their techniques full force in safe and realistic scenarios against a padded mock assailant. This is a great class to take if you are considering the full-length course, and is open to all LGBTQ+ identified students age 16+.

Covered in this class are skills related to intuition, situational awareness, body language for setting boundaries, verbal skills and physical self-defense against attacks from the front, from behind, and an introduction to fighting from the ground.

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Sliding Scale Rates

  • Full-Force ($140): For those with more than enough financial resources and a desire to support access for others.
  • Regular ($95): For those with sufficient financial resources and who can pay fair value for the experience.
  • Supported ($50): For those with currently limited financial resources who will benefit from access supplemented by the community.


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. There will be a required minimum copayment of $15 to confirm your commitment to the class.

Payment Plans

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

Sign up for an LGBTQ+ class below: