This should be the standard high school graduation gift for all girls. Nobody should start college, or a new career, or even adulthood without the tools this class gives.
I took this class because it was on my "bucket list" and my only regret is that I didn't take this class sooner. I now have lifetime skills to de-escalate a possible confrontation and successfully defend myself if necessary. And it only took 2 weekends!
Impact has helped me to reaffirm that my safety and sovereignty matter. I understand that "no" is a complete sentence and I feel I have the right to listen to myself when I feel uncomfortable. In addition to learning to be more assertive, I have learned the value of patience in Impact, as well, since responding appropriately to a given situation also involves observing. I am grateful to this nonprofit and the people who run it for all they have contributed to my honoring my self-worth.
This is a very important program. After participating, I felt empowered and confident in my abilities to stay safe and protect myself. The program teaches a wide range of skills, from avoiding danger to fighting if needed. I was shown my true strength because they teach you to use all your strength in class practice. There's no such thing as holding back in this program because they understand that how we practice something is how we use it. If you pull your punches during training you are likely to hold back when it matters most. Using full impact in training situations assures we are practicing what and how we might actually encounter danger. This program uses role play to helps create positive subconscious patterns for addressing scary situations with confidence and a fighting chance, which actually reduces the chance of needing to use what you have learned.
I am so thankful that my friend Ellen asked me to take this course. I found "myself" in the course. I cannot explain how I walked in the door one person and walked out the door as a different human being. As a woman I walk through life daily being afraid to walk in a darkened garage, being afraid to get in an elevator, for fear that someone is going to hurt me. I left the course realizing that I have a say in the matter . . . I have a voice for myself. I can say, "No." Not only can I say, "no," I can deliver consequences when what I say is not honored. Guess what? I might have to hurt somebody ... and so be it. That emboldens me to stand tall, walk proud and be fearless. What a gift!!
My 12 year old daughter and 6 year old son took the 2 day Impact Personal safety class. They both absolutely loved it and gained a great deal of confidence from the experience. The instructors were supportive, gave clear instructions, and didn't take themselves too seriously. They made the experience fun for the kids. My daughter continues to reference the class months afterward and looks forward to continuing her personal safety education with Impact. It was a very empowering experience for both children. Thank you Impact!
My stepdaughter took the IMPACT class for children.
I could not overstate how much she, and myself enjoyed the class! It was a great experience both in kindness, information, and skills. Johnny and Donald (Instructors) where a pleasure, and have such great manners and experience. Their interaction was a pleasure and a joy to watch.
My stepdaughter is enthusiastic for future refresher classes, and I am interested in a class for myself and my wife.
I organized a class for high school girls, and am so glad I did. The skills they were taught were empowering and essential. Equal focus was placed on avoiding confrontation and what to do if a situation does escalate. The teachers were amazing, and I am so grateful for their positive, supportive approach!
I'll just come right out and say it: IMPACT transformed my life! As a guy who's been called a "geek" and "nerd" for most of his life (badges I wear proudly btw), for decades I've lived in fear of a violent confrontation, or even setting a verbal boundary! And then, at age 60 I took the Men's Basics class and all that changed.
I found that our training was very similar to the Women's Basics class, except ours had a bigger de-escalation component as men who attack other men are often looking for a fight. I discovered that I actually can be a "bad ass" when it's appropriate, and it hasn't altered who I fundamentally am one bit! My life hasn't been the same since.
What really impressed me, and continues to do so, is the knowledge, caring, compassion and dedication of the staff. I've never seen anything like it in any other organization. I'm proud to call myself an IMPACT graduate and encourage everyone to check them out.
I recently took the Women's Basics class with a group of moms from my child's school. Classes such as this are so important, and in today’s climate, particularly relevant. We can now protect not only ourselves, but also our children. This knowledge and confidence alone allows us to navigate our lives and our environments in a much different manner. Because of this class, we are more aware of our surroundings, we can assess situations differently, we have verbal skills to diffuse situations, and if needed, we have the physical skills to protect ourselves. Can you imagine a world in which every woman and girl had that same confidence? We can, and it’s a magnificent vision—one where sayings like #metoo and #timesup are no longer necessary.
This was also the second time taking this class for me. I first took it about 9 or 10 years ago. I was so surprised and impressed at how much muscle memory I had. Taking the class the second time, I thought it would have all been forgotten over such a long span of time. I was glad to learn that it was all still there and readily accessible.
Impact has given me so much confidence and knowledge to protect myself!
When I first walked into Basics and saw a demonstration, I didn't think I would ever be able to do that. But after the patient instructors took us through broken down specific drills, by the end of the class, I was fighting just how I had seen at the beginning!
After Basics, I was in a few situations while traveling where my education and experience learned at Impact helped me enormously. A man followed me in an elevator at night to my hotel room floor and wouldn't leave. I was able to use the verbal skills I learned to get away and was ready to fight if the need had risen. Luckily it did not but I thank Impact for that skill and confidence.
The instructors are all excellent and really care about their clients!
Impact is so aptly named, because the “impact” the coursework has goes far beyond self-defense — though that aspect is certainly invaluable. I’ve taken the women’s basic and advanced classes and from from day one of Basics, I felt a shift in the way I move in the world. I stand taller and I better recognize my own strength. I feel less afraid in my daily life (including in areas I hadn’t realized fear had festered). I greatly appreciate the focus on violence prevention and consent, and couldn’t be more grateful for the incredible staff and curriculum. EVERYONE should take an Impact class, if they have the chance. It’s a game changer.
The Impact method is research-based, very effective, and efficient. I learned more in 20 hours of Impact than in over 500 hours of martial arts training. The class content and teaching approach is age appropriate -- kids, teens and adults all get what they need in a very positive setting. They treat all students with the same incredible level of support and engagement, so the training is effective for people of all physical, emotional and mental capabilities. I recommend this class for everyone as the skills learned can be applied to 'everyday' situations and full-on personal safety assaults. The training even improved how I handled basic 'difficult conversations' at work about setting boundaries with colleagues for managing projects and workload on teams. This is very practical training.
I took the Women's Basics class and the skills I learned I carry with me every day of my life. The staff was professional, the class was supportive and organized, and the material was informative, practical and explained in a way that was empowering. What was the most useful was the verbal skills we learned. I had underestimated how difficult it would be to use my voice and say no, or tell a stranger to move away from me. But once I found my voice I feel stronger and more powerful and much more capable of setting boundaries and keeping myself safe without having to use physical skills. But the fact that I now know so many physical skills for a variety of scenarios, I walk through my life tall, proud and fearless because I know I have options if a situation goes bad. I can now make a choice about how I will respond, vs before when I knew I wouldn't have the faintest idea of how to respond. Thank you IMPACT for giving me confidence, knowledge and empowerment. My life hasn't been the same.
I took an Impact class at my high school, and all girls school in Hancock Park. I was incredibly scared going into it, but I was treated with nothing but kindness, patience, and respect from each member of the staff. I am a stronger and more confident person because of Impact, and I will forever think that taking an Impact class was the best decision of my life. The things that they do for women (and men) are not only incredible, but also imperative.
Impact came into my life when i was a sophomore in high school. For someone who came out of quite a difficult situation from middle school and not as confident from the beginning of high school, impact gave me the confidence and strength to become the independent and confident woman i am today. I love knowing i can defend myself physically and mentally. Due to impact i will never be scared to go anywhere or do anything. They have truly become my family, my role models, and my friends. If i were the president of the united states i would make it a law for everyone to take because of their impact.
Incredible organization -- practical, empowering, non-intimidating, pretty much everything you could want in a self defense organization!
We organized a class for about 12 kids ages 8-11. We can't recommend this organization more highly. Organizing was easy and professional. The class itself was exactly what we were looking for--an age-appropriate, useful, fun and not too scary seminar preparing kids for dealing with all kinds of unwanted attention, from bullies, to overly touchy friends and family, to strangers on the street. The kids learned verbal and physical responses and, when prepared, fought against a padded assailant.
The instructors were knowledgable and organized. The kids had fun. We all came away feeling empowered.
All kids would benefit from this class! Should be part of school!
I organized a private class with seven girls age 10. They did two three hour sessions. All of the girls enjoyed the class and felt empowered afterwards. We all received some important tips as parents in continuing to keep our girls as safe as possible. The staff was positive and warm and the class ratio of staff to children was amazing. The instructors are knowledgeable and care about their mission to empower the people who take their program. I am going to sign up for the woman's class after this experience.
I had heard about Impact from a friend years ago. It had always been on my bucket list, but while I made skydiving and moving across the country happen, I kept somehow making excuses for why learning how to defend myself wasn't really a priority.
After taking the Women's Basics course, I realize that a lot of my resistance was to how afraid I was to feel some powerful emotions. I cried so much my first class! It's a pretty big moment when you realize how many times you've allowed yourself to be victimized. I'm not blaming myself for the actions of others, but I do see how my not standing up for myself (physically, verbally, etc.) made it that much easier for those people to target me.
My instructors were so supportive and understanding. They made it safe for me to feel all of my big feelings while expressing loads of confidence in my ability to master the material. It was contagious. I am absolutely in love with Impact's training - and everyone I met there. Everyone, everyone, everyone should take this course.
I just finished the Women's Basics course and could not be more impressed with Impact and their program. While it can be emotionally and physically draining, the overall sense of empowerment that I took away from the course is something that will stay with me for a long time to come (not to mention the confidence to actually defend myself should I need to). While somewhat expensive, I feel as though it was money well spent as the class was not only thorough but was very hands on. I highly recommend this program to anyone considering it - you will not regret it!
You made me feel so good by remembering me last night! Pretty amazing after 20 years.
Thank you for inviting me to the training on Jan 7/8 in Pasadena.
I work for US Telepacific in downtown LA. Would love a job closer to home in Northridge. These 12 hour days are getting to me. I do technical engineer. Not fulfilling anymore.
The Central Library is across the street from my office and last week I saw a historical exposé on Donaldina Cameron who in the early 1900's up to the 1930's rescued and educated 3000 women and children from slavery. She did this in San Francisco where the Cameron House still stands today.
I can't help but wonder how many lives you have transformed with your training? I hope you have kept track. And your instructors should have the numbers to take pride in as well.
I am so grateful for you,
Impact LA's Women's Basics classes made an immense difference for me. I left the program feeling knowledgeable, empowered and most importantly, capable of defending myself. The instructors are professional, articulate and outstanding leaders. I can't say enough good things about this program and its instructors.
In addition to completing the Women's Basics program, I also witnessed a session of the kids' course. All of the young students left their class visibly more confident than when they entered. The transformation was astounding and impressive.
I plan to take additional classes to become a program assistant. I'm incredibly grateful to the Impact LA staff and instructors.
Impact is an amazing organization & the message of empowerment they bring to the community is so needed. Having taken my first class 20+ years ago, I know I was able to walk through life more confident and self assured, knowing that I had the right to stand up for myself while also knowing that I could defend myself if necessary. The teachings of Impact affect everyday life, and although the fighting is a key component to the training, it is the boundary setting, the composure, and the confidence that make the training invaluable. The variety of classes make it easy to get involved right away, and each class provides an impactful training, from the kids class, the 3 hour workshop, the basics (16+ hours), and the advanced classes. Having been a volunteer in classes, it is amazing to see the increase in confidence and composure in graduates - I highly recommend this training for EVERYONE.
I have personally taken basics, advanced and weapons. I was so excited for my little girl to take this course. We raise our kids to be polite to adults, never to hit or kick or talk back. This class teaches kids to use their voice in an appropriate place. It's okay to say NO to an adult. It's okay to trust your uh-oh feeling and stand up for yourself. It teaches kids verbal and physical boundaries. My kid felt empowered after taking it. It was fantastic and I'd highly recommend it for every kid, boy or girl. It should be in every school as well! Thank you IMPACT for getting this imperative class out to everyone!
13 years ago I took the 3-hour Womens Self Defense course. The skill set I learned kept me out of physical jeapordy in three specific incidents while living in Los Angeles. The confidence I gained is invaluable.
Now, my young daughter has experienced the course, and asked to repeat the class. She is exposed to 3 older boys in her Father's household, but the skill set she has now helps my peace of mind. She can speak up for herself and physically defend herself if necessary.
I moved back to L.A. in my early 20's, by myself. I lived in a questionable neighborhood, worked days, & attended night school; which meant I returned home late at night sometimes.
Determined to live life on my terms, mom sent me an article about IMPACT training, I signed up, & over the years, I've had time after time to be glad I did. Whether it was the simple act of setting & enforcing boundaries without being concerned about whether I would be called names; a physical stand-off with two marines late one night after a drinking game, who thought I was drunk enough to mess with; to a husband who lost it, but ended up in anger management for a year instead of me being the one traumatized.
We know society has to change, and I have to believe that one day it will. Until then, women need to be equipped with tools to protect themselves NOW! More importantly, we need to engage life without fear. It's not just a slogan. I hear a lot of friends, neighbors, peers, & family express fear of being alone, being confronted, &/or not knowing what to do. They continue to wait until that wonderful day when way society’s treatment of women actually changes. Life is a lot different when you have simple tools to live the way you want and need to, WHEN you want or need to . . . day or night, out traveling, or home alone.
IMPACT empowers women to live ‘out loud’ now and we NEED that.
Can you imagine what our city, country, &/or world would be like if women roamed it free of fear?
If they knew they could pursue their dreams without repercussion?
If children learned from an early age, what to look out for, and how to avoid or stop it?
For these reasons, and so many others, I sincerely believe that my life is definitely worth fighting for, and so is yours!
IMPACT is an amazing program that’s easy to learn, easy to implement, and needs to be expanded as far as it can go as soon as possible. I believe that then we will see the change we are looking for.
Impact changed my life in SUCH a positive way. Learning not only the fighting skills NECESSARY for life in this world but the VERBAL skills I use nearly every day helped me to be more confident, more outspoken, and to set boundaries in situations I don't think I could have before. It's so much more than self defense. I might never use those fighting skills and I hope I never need to but to say "Yes." when you mean "Yes." and "No." when you mean "No." is a immensely powerful gift to give to women. We need more classes like this one in more cities, states, and countries. Impact could change the world.
I don't think I can recommend this organization highly enough in a short review! I took the Women's Intensive a couple of years ago with my two teenage daughters and my two teenage nieces. It was one of the most empowering, bonding experiences we have ever had. As a mother (and aunt) of beloved, beautiful, smart young women, I thought it was profoundly important they get the message that they are not just sitting ducks in the face of aggression they might face. The IMPACT training was practical, thoughtful, careful, compassionate...and fun! (One of my daughters and one niece were able to take the course again recently and loved it.) Thank you IMPACT! My advice to every woman is to TAKE THIS CLASS.
After a child and the child's father, who worked as a special aid at my son's school, bullied and intimidated my son to the point that my son no longer wanted to go to school, I thankfully found the IMPACT kid's class and enrolled my son who was 8 at the time. This class helped my son to gain more self confidence in his ability to deal with children who are bullies and adults in their lives who can be dangerous and abusive. The class did not just focus on stranger danger, but more importantly the potential danger and abuse from adults in their lives - like the father of my son's classmate and issues of bullying which statistically happens more often than danger/abuse by strangers. I loved that they teach the kids that it is ok to say "no" to an adult and they teach them to speak up and to speak up loud! Once my son gets old enough I will enroll him in the men's classes and I am also looking into the women's classes. I've recommended this to all my friends with children. Thank you IMPACT for teaching my son very useful skills to help him keep himself safe!
The classes Impact teaches change lives. Every young woman needs to take it. I feel so confident now and I love being involved with the Impact family. I've taken classes and now I'm an assistant. It is amazing.
My whole family have taken various classes. My children took the Children's Basic and when old enough my son took the Men's Basic with my husband.
I took the Women's Basic and it really helped me deal with situations over the years, I will take it again with my daughter when she is old enough and before dating...
My son really benefited from the classes while going to Middle School and in High school where he, as the very tall/big kid have been attacked, but was able to get out of each and every situation with his head high. Each time the school officials commented how well he handled the situations. (One kid was expelled from the school because of the attack and the police report my son filed.)
I've taken Basics, Advanced, Weapons, and Partners with Impact. The teachers are incredible, the classes are very reasonable considering all that is offered as far as expertise. The classes put you in so many different scenarios and the fighting is "real world" so I feel comfortable saying I could effectively defend myself. If you are searching for a self defense class, there is really none better. Plus, it's super fun.
Since taking the Women's Basics self defense course I have felt so unbelievably confident. It transformed being in public places for me - I'm no longer jumpy and fearful when waiting for the bus at night, because I know what to look out for and what I'm going to do if there's potential trouble. The course was so practical, and by working through some really confronting scenarios in such a supportive environment you come out of it knowing that despite the adrenaline and fear and tears and whatever else, you can absolutely defend yourself.
My sister and I took the impact class 25 years ago and we still remember what we learned. So this summer I sent my daughter to take it before she went off to college in NY. She had an amazing experience as well. We all feel much more confident and safer on all situations. The class really affects every part of your life.
IMPACT has been life changing for me. I learned more than self-defense skills. I learned awareness skills, how to use my voice to standup for myself and others, and how to move confidently in the world. Every IMPACT instructor receives intense training and it shows in how professionally the courses are run and in the instructors' ability to handle any situation that arises. If we are serious about ending violence against women (and children and men) IMPACT training should be implemented in every school and community center.
I started with IMPACT as a student in the early 90s and was hooked. I serve on a few boards, and this is the board of my heart. I see such a profound shift and transformation in students in such a short amount of time, that I have literally made my life about making this available to people. I wrote my book, Beauty Bites Beast, about my experience of IMPACT women's basics, and now, my documentary. What we teach really should be available as a matter of Physical education 101.
In the trailer to Beauty Bites Beast, you can see some of our padded assailant training at Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles.
I have been involved with Impact for nearly a decade as a student, instructor, and Board Member. I saw the profound impact it had on my wife when she took the Women's Basics class; the skills children of friends acquired in Impact's kids classes, and the transformation of young women in high school from the start of class to the end. Impact provides exactly what it promises: self defense training that provides real protection against assault. More important, it provides the skills and confidence that allow its students to avoid physical confrontations, and the confidence to set boundaries in all areas of one's life.
It is to often a cliche to say that a class is life changing, but Impact classes are life changing, even if one never has to use the physical skills that are at the core of its curriculum.
My daughter took the basics class a number of years ago, and the change in her confidence was dramatic. The boundary setting skills she learned have proven to be invaluable any number of times.