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I learned that defending yourself is way more than being able to hit somebody. I learned how to defuse the situation that often leads up to a fight. In addition, I learned to how to defend myself if it gets physical.” - Emily (age 13)

 

DC IMPACT allowed me to face my fears and find my strengths … Thank you for giving me the power to see and act on my options!”- Karen

Class Descriptions

INTRO to IMPACT
Length: 5 Hours 
Fee: Early-bird rate is $179 with 14 days advanced registration and payment, $199 within 14 days of workshop, pre-registration and parent/guardian consent form required ; 
Open to: All adults, teens with guardian; no experience necessary

Learn verbal tactics to keep yourself safe in situations of imminent violence or boundary violations—whether with friends, acquaintances, family or strangers. Learn (or update if you are a grad) basic physical techniques to use if verbal tactics are not enough. Class size is limited and students have opportunities to practice use of physical and verbal skills in drills and simulated attack scenarios with a male instructor in padded armor and our director, Carol Middleton, as the lead instructor and coach. 

ADULT AND TEEN WEEKEND CLASS
Length: 5 or 10 hours 
Fee: Day 1 Only (can be used as a stand alone Intro, space permitting): Early-bird special is $159 with 14 days advanced registration and payment; $179 thereafter. Day 1 + Day 2: Early-bird special is $319 with 14 days advanced registration and payment; $349 thereafter. $100 non-refundable deposit required to register.  If the class fills before you make your $100 deposit, you can put yourself on a waiting list for the class by paying in full.  Acceptance into the class will be “first-come first-served” in the order we receive payment, and these payments will be refunded if you do not get into the class. 

Open to: All Adults and Teens with a parent / guardian
Choose day 1 for 5 hours or the weekend for 10 hours for the person who is too busy or not yet ready for the full Intensive Course.  Ten hours of verbal tactics, stand-up defenses or the basics of groundfighting.

PRE-TEEN SELF DEFENSE
Length: 2.5 hours
Fee: Early-bird rate is $99 with 14 days advanced registration and payment, $109 within 14 days of workshop, pre-registration and parent/guardian consent form required
Open to
: All children ages 9-12
This introductory workshop is geared specifically to pre-teen and young teens. Students learn techniques for verbal de-escalation and boundary-setting, physical strategies for dealing with standing confrontations, and practice what they’ve learned in simulated scenarios. An emphasis is placed on addressing situations involving peers and social situations preteens face. We highly recommend and encourage a parent or guardian to participate with his or her child to ensure ongoing support for the training. (Separate registration applies). A second parent is FREE when one registers to participate with their child. 

CHILDEN’S WORKSHOP
Length: 1.5 Hours
Fee: Early-bird rate is $59 with 14 days advanced registration and payment, $79 within 14 days of workshop, pre-registration and parent/guardian consent form required
Open to
: All children ages 5-8
In these workshops, children along with their parents, will learn how to act aware, calm and confident; how to take charge and get help. In addition, children will learn how to set clear and appropriate boundaries, how to stop unwanted touching and teasing and how to protect themselves from name calling and hurtful words. This workshop will include physical self-defense and will begin with extensive practice in many other skills that can prevent, avoid, leave or de-escalate problems before they become physical. Our goal is to empower young children with the full range of skills they deserve in order to escape from emergency situations as quickly as possible. The workshops are divided into two sections. One dealing primarily with situations with people they know and the other with strangers.

DEFENSE AGAINST ASSAILANT WITH GUN
Length: 5 or 10 hours
Fee: Day 1 Only (can be used as a stand alone Intro, space permitting): Early-bird special is $209 with 14 days advanced registration and payment; $229 thereafter. Day 1 + Day 2: Early-bird special is $358 with 14 days advanced registration and payment; $378 thereafter. $100 non-refundable deposit required to register.  If the class fills before you make your $100 deposit, you can put yourself on a waiting list for the class by paying in full.  Acceptance into the class will be “first-come first-served” in the order we receive payment, and these payments will be refunded if you do not get into the class. 
Open to: All adults and teens with guardian, no experience necessary
An Introductory Workshop on some of the basics of defense against an assailant with a gun. 

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COLLEGE BOUND SELF DEFENSE
Length: 10 hours
Fee: Early-bird rate is $358 with 14 days advanced registration and payment, $378 within 14 days of workshop, pre-registration and parent/guardian consent form required
Open to: All teens age 15-19 and college-age women 
This introductory workshop is geared specifically to teens. Students learn techniques for verbal de-escalation and boundary-setting, physical strategies for dealing with standing confrontations, and practice these in simulated attack scenarios with a male instructor in padded gear. An emphasis is placed on addressing situations involving conflict with acquaintances, as this is the highest risk category for young women (occasionally taught as co-ed). Typically offered in late spring and in August.

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Custom Workshops
We develop customized workshops and presentations for groups, schools, community organizations, mother-daughter groups, and businesses. Workshops can be any length from 2 hours and up for one instructor, and 2 hours and up for workshops including scenario-based instruction with padded instructors, to allow sufficient time for instruction and practice.

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