Women of Color Basics


Women of Color Basics is designed to address gender-based violence as experienced by cis and trans women of color ages 18+. This class is open to all women of color as well as non-binary and gender-nonconforming BIPOC who have lived experience of misogyny and are comfortable in a space that centers the experience of women. With the intention of creating a safe space to discuss our unique experiences with safety and violence in our community while learning and practicing boundary setting and self-defense skills, we also hope to create meaningful connections, provide opportunities for shared learning, and welcome more women of color into the IMPACT community.

Women of Color Basics covers IMPACT's comprehensive adult curriculum:

  • Personal safety skills including intuition, threat assessment, and assertive body language.
  • Self-defense voice to alert yourself, the attacker, and bystanders.
  • Techniques for verbal and emotional boundary setting and de-escalation.
  • Adrenaline management skills for acquaintance and stranger interactions.
  • Bystander intervention strategies to safely help others and mobilize community assistance.
  • Powerful, effective, and accessible physical self-defense techniques—no athletic ability required!

This 24-hour course focuses on preventing and defending against attacks by a single, unarmed assailant—the most common form of assault—and includes self-defense against sexual assault, as well as the opportunity to practice custom scenarios based on your own life and/or concerns for the future. The course is led by a woman Whistle Instructor, who leads the introduction of new skills, and creates a safe and competent space for students from diverse backgrounds to have a positive and powerful experience. Skills are practiced in safe, realistic role-play scenarios against highly trained Suited Instructors, who play the role of the mock assailant.

IMPACT understands the emotional nature of dealing with violence, and our courses are designed to be trauma-sensitive. Basics can be emotionally demanding, so we recommend building in self-care before and after your course. During class, instructors and class assistants are there to support with self-care and adrenaline management tools, and to generate a supportive learning experience in each group. IMPACT's method of training all techniques in full-force, scenario-based practice provides each student with the felt experience of your own strength and power, and the confidence of your body's muscle memory.

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This 24-hour course takes place over 4 days, and students must be available for each day and all hours of your course. Click "Info" next to the course date below, then click "Schedule" to see the full schedule. For maximum individual instruction, courses are limited to 16 students.

Sliding Scale

Sliding scale for this class is $250-650. To keep our classes open and accessible to all, we ask that you contribute at the highest level you can.


At IMPACT we believe self-defense is for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. We reserve a quarter of the spaces in each class for scholarship recipients. 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, and also ask you to make a meaningful, affordable co-pay of your choice to reserve your space in a class. There are a limited number of scholarship spaces in each class, and your co-pay shows your commitment to the course.

Payment Plans

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

See the schedule and sign up for a Women of Color Basics Course below: