Frequently Asked Questions

Your questions answered: IMPACT FAQ

What forms of payment do you accept?

We take credit cards, checks and cash. We can also process Stripe payments.

I want to take a class, but I don’t see it on your calendar.

That’s okay! We often schedule courses based on student interest.  Tell us which class you want to take by filling out the form here.

Can IMPACT do a training for my business?

Yes! We offer EMPOWERED Workplace training for professionals in every industry.

How do cancellations and refunds work?

You can find that information on our Refund and Cancellation Policy page.

I’m pregnant. Can I take an IMPACT course?

We don’t recommend taking an IMPACT class while you are pregnant. However, we welcome nursing moms in our courses and provide a private breast-pumping space.

Why do your programs cost what they do?

Your tuition pays for a small student-to-instructor ratio, extensive hands-on learning time, and the depth and durability of our strategies. Our staff also undergoes a rigorous training program that includes trauma-informed instruction.

How can I lower the cost of my tuition?

Impact wants our classes to be accessible to as many students as possible. Although tuition is due before you begin a class, we offer payment plans that work with your budget.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

We offer need-based scholarships for both adults and children. Funds are limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply here.

Do I need a high physical fitness level to take an IMPACT course?

No. Most IMPACT students have an average fitness level and no specialized fighting skills. You’ll learn physical skills within your abilities, but the verbal skills we teach are just as important and effective.

I want to take an IMPACT class, but I don’t live in Colorado.

IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado can teach courses in other states, including Texas and Washington. Contact us at (303) 956-6643 for further information. You can also browse this list of IMPACT chapters to find one in your area.

Can trauma survivors take IMPACT courses?

Yes! IMPACT is a very welcoming place for students who have experienced trauma. Trauma-informed teaching is part of the intensive training all IMPACT instructors must complete.

Do you teach kickboxing or martial arts?

No. Although IMPACT has its origins in martial arts, our training differs from an exercise class. Along with physical self-defense skills, we teach verbal boundary-setting and de-escalation techniques. We discuss how violence affects women, men, people of color and the LBGTQ community and create a safe space for everyone to examine and respond to common boundary violations.

Does IMPACT come to schools?

Yes! We offer the EMPOWERED School Workshop for K-12 schools of all sizes.

Can IMPACT accommodate my disability?

Yes! We provide ADA-compliant accommodation for all needs and have experience teaching students with health issues including muscular dystrophy, MS, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

What’s the IMPACT Magic Formula?

We refer to one of the communication tools students learn during IMPACT training as the “Magic Formula.” Still curious? Take a course!

Will I get injured during an IMPACT class?

IMPACT instructors follow strict protocols to make your experience as safe as possible, which includes having students identify areas to avoid before each practice scenario. Although precautions are in place, it is possible to sustain minor injuries during a course.

Do you provide trans-friendly instruction?

Yes! We teach people of all gender identities and expressions.

Is IMPACT training effective for people of all ethnicities, genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds?

Although we can’t fix the larger cultural problem of how perception of your gender, race, nationality, or ability might bias someone’s reaction to defending yourself, IMPACT courses give you a full range of options to use in high-stress situations and train you to make the best decision for your safety.

If women are the demographic most likely to need self-defense training, why should men take IMPACT courses?

All our courses discuss the effect violence has on everyone. Our classes for men emphasize de-escalation and stress-management strategies along with physical self-defense skills.