Carol Middleton

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DC IMPACT Self Defense


DC IMPACT is non-profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and a member of IMPACT International, a group that maintains safety and ethical standards for full-force self-defense courses. IMPACT classes feature the type of scenario-based, adrenaline state training that has been shown to be most effective, and has been recommended by Gavin de Becker in “The Gift of Fear” and Ellen Bass in “The Courage to Heal.” All courses are taught in a supportive atmosphere by carefully screened, highly trained instructors. DC IMPACT does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.

About Founder and Director Carol Middleton

The DC chapter of IMPACT was founded in 1988 by Carol Middleton, a leading authority on self-defense and martial arts with more than 40-years of experience. Carol, a 7th Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do, began training in martial arts and self-defense in 1968. She has also studied Aikido, Kung Fu, Judo, Tai Chi, and Krav Maga. She has worked with hundreds of area organizations, such as the DC Rape Crisis Center, and has trained self-defense instructors for various national and international programs.

She also founded DC Self Defense Karate Association (DCSDKA), a traditional martial arts school, and co-founded both IMPACT International and the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation. In addition, Carol is a long-time advisor and certified instructor with KidPower TeenPower FullPower International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing personal safety, advocacy, and self-defense skills to people of all ages and abilities.

Carol has been featured in The Washingtonian, The Washington Post, The City Paper, and The Diane Rehm’s Show; and DCSDKA has been a featured school in Black Belt Magazine.