About Our Classes


IMPACT classes teach self-defense strategies that are effective regardless of size, age, or fitness level. Our training programs give people the tools to stay calm and focused in unsafe situations. Instructors are trained to recreate common assault scenarios. In response most students feel fear. The training process helps you manage your body’s natural stress response so you can defend yourself effectively.

IMPACT instructors use special protective gear that allows students to safely practice physical techniques by striking with the amount of physical force needed to incapacitate an attacker.  You learn to swim by getting in the water. Similarly, the most effective way to learn to defend yourself by actually doing it.

Class Summaries

Women’s Basics

This is our standard self defense course for women and teen girls ages 14+ that teaches students to resist threats, intimidation and violence perpetrated by strangers and familiar people. In a supportive, trauma-sensitive environment, students learn assertive verbal boundary setting techniques and physical skills to defend against a number of threatening scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from the rear, attempted sexual assault, and ground fighting.

 

Men’s Basics

This is our standard self defense basics course for Men and teen boys ages 14+ that teaches students to resist threats, intimidation and violence perpetrated by strangers and familiar people. In a trauma sensitive, non-competitive environment, students learn how to deal effectively with the most common ways men are threatened and attacked. The course focuses on conflict de-escalation, self control, situation based safety decision making, and understanding the difference between appropriate and inappropriate violence.

 

All Gender LGBTQ Basics

This is our standard self defense basics course for people of all genders who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and/or questioning and are above the age of 14. In this course you will learn to resist threats, intimidation, and violence perpetrated by strangers and familiar people. Ina supportive, trauma-sensitive environment, students learn assertive verbal boundary setting techniques and physical self-defense skills to defend against a number of threatening scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from the rear, attempted sexual assault, and ground fighting. taught by instructors familiar with the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ violence prevention, this course offers scenarios that address the specific ways in which LGBTQ individuals are intimidated and attacked.

 

Assertiveness & Boundary Setting

Many people find that the ability to set and maintain boundaries greatly enhances their sense of safety. This course is an 8 hour all-verbal course that teaches students the skills for effective communication and negotiation in stressful situations. Students learn to set boundaries both verbally and with body language. They learn strategies for assessing challenging situations and relationships to determine the boundary that needs to be set. Practicing these skills in realistic scenarios, students have the opportunity to become comfortable staying calm and articulate while explaining their needs in situations involving strangers, co-workers, acquaintances, friends, family and partners.

 

A Mindful Approach to Self-Defense

An Introductory course, this 3hr class focuses on awareness of our individual body’s responses to dangerous situations, and managing these stress responses in order to stay calm and effective in the face of fear. Self-defense is about communicating your needs, protecting your body, and asserting yourself. You will learn to use body language and voice to communicate strength, and physical and verbal self-defense skills through experiential exercises and hands-on practice; this process re-trains your body’s automatic responses to potentially dangerous situations.

 

Courses for Trauma Survivors

Introduction to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors

This 4-hour class is designed for women survivors of trauma who are interested in taking an
IMPACT class but are not sure which class best suits their needs. This class introduces students to
IMPACT principles and basic techniques, while also helping students to manage their adrenaline
through breathing and body awareness exercises.

 

Take Your Power

Take Your Power was designed specifically to address the long-term effects of abuse on intimate relationships and sexual health. Take Your Power combines IMPACT’s physical and verbal safety skills with a unique curriculum focused on healthy relationships and negotiation skills, healthy sexuality, and HIV/STD risk reduction. Light refreshments and child care are provided.

 

Classes for Children & Teens

Age-appropriate classes teach children and teens to call attention to threatening situations, distinguish between safe and unsafe adults, physically and verbally protect themselves, and report potential danger to a safe adult. Visit our Classes for Children and Teens page for more info.

 

Advanced Classes

(must be a graduate of Basics to register)

Defense Against Firearms

This updated advanced course teaches strategies for the unarmed person to disarm a potential assailant who is carrying a pistol or rifle. The course combines practical physical skills with a basic overview of how firearms work.

 

Defense Against Knives & Edged Weapons

This updated advanced course presents students with practical skills for protecting themselves against assailants that are armed with knives or other edged weapons. Strategies for creating physical distance are addressed as well as an overview of the most common crimes committed with edged weapons in our region.

For more information email us at info@impactboston.org