Online & Outdoor Classes

Public health is self-defense! IMPACT Bay Area is offering online and outdoor classes to empower the community during the pandemic. From using your voice to expanding your self-care toolkit, we are here to help you and your loved ones grow your safety and confidence.

At IMPACT we believe self-defense is for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. When you register for class, you will see information about sliding scale options. To keep our classes sustainable and open to all, we ask that you choose the highest level that is affordable for you. All our online classes have a free option as well.

Sign up for one of our upcoming classes below.


  • 4/24, 5/1 & 5/8 Interrupting Oppression

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    3 Saturdays: April 24, May 1, May 8
    10:00-11:30am all dates

    At IMPACT we believe that oppression is a form of violence, whether it’s based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender, ability, age, or any combination of these and other perceived characteristics. This class series introduces tools and considerations for interrupting harmful words or behaviors and provides a safe space for practicing. Because of the progressive nature of this series, we ask that you commit to participating in all three dates.

    In this series, you will learn:

    • Internal skills for noticing oppression
    • Grounding techniques for regulating our own emotions
    • How to identify and set boundaries with strangers, acquaintances, and peers
    • De-escalation techniques to deter assault and harassment
    • Best practices for bystander intervention when witnessing oppression
    • Considerations for making the decision to interrupt
    • Specific strategies for interrupting bias and microaggressions


    We will practice the skills in role plays against a mock assailant to boost confidence for real-world interactions.  We know these are tough conversations -- that’s why we practice.  Open to participants of all genders ages 18+.

    Suggested donation $30-90 for the full series, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Online via Zoom
    30 RSVPs
  • 5/1 Teen Empowerment Self-Defense Workshop

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    This two-hour workshop focuses on preventing stranger and peer violence while empowering students to understand, respect, and defend their own boundaries. Participants have the opportunity to practice verbal boundary setting in realistic practice scenarios with strangers as well as people they know. Participants learn to honor their own intuition, set and defend their boundaries, and gain increased confidence and safety skills. This class is open to participants of all genders ages 12-16.

    Students will learn:

    • Internal skills for self-defense, intuition and situational awareness
    • Assertive body language
    • Self-defense voice, using language that can alert oneself, the attacker and bystanders
    • Verbal skills including deescalation
    • Simple strikes to the face and groin
    Saturday, May 01, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    25 RSVPs
  • 5/20 Intro to Personal Safety

    This one-hour class provides an overview of IMPACT Bay Area's approach to personal safety. We think of self-defense as a spectrum that starts with the first feelings in your body when you notice a situation might not be safe, through physical self-defense if necessary, all the way to what you can do to take care of yourself after something happens. In this class, you will develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language, and verbal skills to deescalate and deter assault and harassment, as well as learn two simple and effective physical techniques.

    This class repeats monthly on the third Thursday.

    Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    25 RSVPs
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  • 5/22 Facing AAPI Race-Based Harassment

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Asian American Pacific Islander communities have faced increased race-based harassment.  This 90-minute class introduces strategies that can be helpful in the face of race-based harassment, with opportunities to practice in role-plays against a mock assailant. This class covers:

    • Adrenaline management skills to regulate our own emotions
    • De-escalation strategies to use with the assailant
    • Verbal boundary setting techniques
    • Best practices for bystander intervention when witnessing harassment or other unsafe situations


    This class is for AAPI identified and presenting individuals. Limited to 25 participants in each class.

    Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Online via Zoom
    65 RSVPs
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  • 6/12 Grounding & Adrenaline Management

     

    This 90-minute class focuses on discussing our current lived experience during the pandemic and offers supportive tools for grounding and adrenaline management. At IMPACT, we work with the adrenal response of the body because it's this system that comes on alert when stressed. In this class, participants will learn and practice skills to process and manage their own adrenaline, including voice, movement, and visualization, and will leave with an enhanced toolkit for self-care.

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Online via Zoom
    14 RSVPs
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  • 6/12 Young Adult Empowerment Self-Defense Workshop

    This two-hour workshop addresses issues commonly faced by young adults exploring greater independence, and gives students the opportunity to practice their skills in realistic scenarios against the mock assailants. This workshop focuses on personal safety skills as well as verbal self-defense strategies to address situations that may arise in everyday life, including boundary setting to prevent stranger and acquaintance violence. Students learn to honor their own intuition, set and defend their boundaries, and gain increased confidence and safety skills. This class is open to participants of all genders ages 16-22.

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    7 RSVPs
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  • 6/17 Intro to Personal Safety

    This one-hour class provides an overview of IMPACT Bay Area's approach to personal safety. We think of self-defense as a spectrum that starts with the first feelings in your body when you notice a situation might not be safe, through physical self-defense if necessary, all the way to what you can do to take care of yourself after something happens. In this class, you will develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language, and verbal skills to deescalate and deter assault and harassment, as well as learn two simple and effective physical techniques.

    This class repeats monthly on the third Thursday.

    Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    1 RSVPs
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