Impact Women's Basics CourseBecome your own best advocate in the Women’s Basics Course. 

Women’s Basics Course at IMPACT

This program uses experiential scenarios to teach you how to assess a situation and respond quickly and appropriately while in an adrenalized state.

  • Cost:  $350
  • Format: 15-20 hours. Taught as a four-day intensive or a six-week course
  • Open to: Female-identified students 18 and up. Students 15 and older can take the course with a trusted adult.
  • Location: Curtis Park neighborhood

Reconnect with your innate fighting spirit

In Women’s Basics, you will learn personal safety skills to use with both strangers and people you know, including:

  • Active awareness
  • Intuitive response
  • Boundary-setting using the Magic Formula
  • Verbal strategies
  • Physical self-defense skills

Using experiential learning, you will practice verbal skills and full-contact, full-force physical skills with a coach and fully-padded instructor trained to safely recreate common assault scenarios.

Women’s Basics Graduates Say…

The most empowering experience of my life

The most empowering experience of my life.  It is something every woman should do, as much for the confidence as the self-defense.

Jessica, 33, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2018-10-24T10:31:39-06:00

Jessica, 33, Women's Basics

The most empowering experience of my life.  It is something every woman should do, as much for the confidence as the self-defense.

Learn how to take your power back

Learn how to take your power back into your life.

Anonymous, 38, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T19:05:02-06:00

Anonymous, 38, Women's Basics

Learn how to take your power back into your life.

Everyone should know about IMPACT

Didn't think I "needed it," but glad I did it. The instructors are caring, tough, professional and obviously committed to a safe non-violent world. Everyone should know about IMPACT and have the opportunity to participate, if they choose. A gift of peace and confidence for the women (and men) you love.

Rachel, 51, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-21T17:16:27-06:00

Rachel, 51, Women's Basics

Didn't think I "needed it," but glad I did it. The instructors are caring, tough, professional and obviously committed to a safe non-violent world. Everyone should know about IMPACT and have the opportunity to participate, if they choose. A gift of peace and confidence for the women (and men) you love.

I feel proud, strong and empowered

I feel proud, strong and empowered! I had no idea what would come from the class and was nervous at first but the reward is profound!

Sonja, 27, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:51:43-06:00

Sonja, 27, Women's Basics

I feel proud, strong and empowered! I had no idea what would come from the class and was nervous at first but the reward is profound!

Amazing

Absolutely amazing experience!

Kate, 27, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T13:06:31-07:00

Kate, 27, Women's Basics Course

Absolutely amazing experience!

IMPACT has given me everything I needed to feel more confident

As someone who always felt I could take care of myself, and being faced with the reality that maybe I don't have all the tools to do it effectively, IMPACT has given me everything I needed to feel more confident in my ability to handle any situation.

Anonymous, 30, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:37:40-06:00

Anonymous, 30, Women's Basics

As someone who always felt I could take care of myself, and being faced with the reality that maybe I don't have all the tools to do it effectively, IMPACT has given me everything I needed to feel more confident in my ability to handle any situation.

I feel much more empowered

I feel much more empowered and confident with protecting myself. Thank you!

Shelly, 40, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T19:00:41-06:00

Shelly, 40, Women's Basics

I feel much more empowered and confident with protecting myself. Thank you!

I loved it

Wonderful, empowering. I loved it.

Jeanette, 58, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T18:58:58-07:00

Jeanette, 58, Women's Basics Course

Wonderful, empowering. I loved it.

It was life changing

This was such an amazing experience, something I will never forget. I really didn't think I was capable of doing something like this and I am!! It was life changing!! Thank you. You are a great team and created a very safe place to learn.

Anonymous, 45, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T08:50:52-06:00

Anonymous, 45, Women's Basics

This was such an amazing experience, something I will never forget. I really didn't think I was capable of doing something like this and I am!! It was life changing!! Thank you. You are a great team and created a very safe place to learn.

Amazing experience

Amazing experience. It's great to feel strong and safe.

Cynthia, 45, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T18:44:47-06:00

Cynthia, 45, Women's Basics

Amazing experience. It's great to feel strong and safe.

My hope is for every woman to experience this class

This class is truly life changing. My hope is for every woman to experience this class. I am a different woman because of this class! Thank you for all you do! You are awesome!

Lindsey, 28, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T13:04:53-07:00

Lindsey, 28, Women's Basics Course

This class is truly life changing. My hope is for every woman to experience this class. I am a different woman because of this class! Thank you for all you do! You are awesome!

I hear the voice within saying “no” loudly

The experience was deeply valuable. It is one that is already integrated within my system. I hear the voice within saying "no" loudly as I consider varying options and opportunities.

Sandra, 51, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T13:01:06-07:00

Sandra, 51, Women's Basics Course

The experience was deeply valuable. It is one that is already integrated within my system. I hear the voice within saying "no" loudly as I consider varying options and opportunities.

So much more than self-defense

This class is about so much more than self-defense.

Anonymous, 42, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T18:56:50-06:00

Anonymous, 42, Women's Basics

This class is about so much more than self-defense.

The class changed my perspective and made me more confident

I didn't want to do this class (my father-in-law signed me up), but am so grateful that I did. I am leaving much more confident than I came in. The class changed my perspective and made me more confident in my ability to protect myself.

Katie, 27, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T20:27:23-06:00

Katie, 27, Women's Basics

I didn't want to do this class (my father-in-law signed me up), but am so grateful that I did. I am leaving much more confident than I came in. The class changed my perspective and made me more confident in my ability to protect myself.

The instructors were amazing

I was scared for many parts of this class, but the instructors were amazing at pushing my boundaries without shaking my confidence.

Jessi, 28, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:45:26-06:00

Jessi, 28, Women's Basics

I was scared for many parts of this class, but the instructors were amazing at pushing my boundaries without shaking my confidence.

I feel more confident

I was able to finally release my anger, stress and fear created by memories of sexual abuse. I feel more confident and like a great weight has been lifted. The staff are kind, knowledgeable and excellent people.

Anonymous, 45, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T08:54:45-06:00

Anonymous, 45, Women's Basics

I was able to finally release my anger, stress and fear created by memories of sexual abuse. I feel more confident and like a great weight has been lifted. The staff are kind, knowledgeable and excellent people.

I feel 100 percent more confident

I feel 100 percent more confident.

Anonymous, 31, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:36:35-06:00

Anonymous, 31, Women's Basics

I feel 100 percent more confident.

All women deserve to take this class

All women deserve to take this class. This has been the most impactful experience of my life.

Jenny, 27, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T18:41:19-07:00

Jenny, 27, Women's Basics Course

All women deserve to take this class. This has been the most impactful experience of my life.

This class was so much more than I ever thought it could be

This class was so much more than I ever thought it could be. After learning techniques to keep myself safe, I also have become a better, more confident me in everyday life.

Anonymous, 29, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:41:28-06:00

Anonymous, 29, Women's Basics

This class was so much more than I ever thought it could be. After learning techniques to keep myself safe, I also have become a better, more confident me in everyday life.

I am better at setting boundaries with people I love

After taking IMPACT, I am better at setting boundaries with people I love, I have heightened awareness skills when dealing with unfamiliar situations, and I feel more confident about myself.  My family members are also more confident about me traveling alone, living downtown, and other situations they deem "unsafe" for a woman.

Krista, 31, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2018-10-24T10:28:43-06:00

Krista, 31, Women's Basics

After taking IMPACT, I am better at setting boundaries with people I love, I have heightened awareness skills when dealing with unfamiliar situations, and I feel more confident about myself.  My family members are also more confident about me traveling alone, living downtown, and other situations they deem "unsafe" for a woman.

Truly amazing

Truly amazing to share the experience of empowered transformation. From the familiar to the unfamiliar, it can always help to stand up straight and believe in myself and start with boundaries.

Anonymous, 44, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T18:50:00-06:00

Anonymous, 44, Women's Basics

Truly amazing to share the experience of empowered transformation. From the familiar to the unfamiliar, it can always help to stand up straight and believe in myself and start with boundaries.

Helped me grow

Life changing. Helped me grow.

Camille, 57, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T12:57:10-07:00

Camille, 57, Women's Basics Course

Life changing. Helped me grow.

It was very powerful to have this experience

I took this class with my 17 year old niece and it was very powerful to have this experience together. Not only do I have confidence that both of us could protect ourselves in a dangerous situation, but it was also beautiful for us to have the experience of safety to support learning in a circle of incredible women.

Beth, 36, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T19:07:19-06:00

Beth, 36, Women's Basics

I took this class with my 17 year old niece and it was very powerful to have this experience together. Not only do I have confidence that both of us could protect ourselves in a dangerous situation, but it was also beautiful for us to have the experience of safety to support learning in a circle of incredible women.

The experience was deeply valuable

The experience was deeply valuable. It is one that is already integrated within my system. I hear the voice within saying "no" loudly as I consider varying options and opportunities.

Sandra, 51, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-21T17:19:10-06:00

Sandra, 51, Women's Basics

The experience was deeply valuable. It is one that is already integrated within my system. I hear the voice within saying "no" loudly as I consider varying options and opportunities.

I am so grateful for IMPACT

I am so grateful for IMPACT and the gift of feeling safer in the world.

Anonymous, 44, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T18:45:45-06:00

Anonymous, 44, Women's Basics

I am so grateful for IMPACT and the gift of feeling safer in the world.

Now I feel like I have many more options besides fear

Now I feel like I have many more options besides fear, avoidance and staying home all the time. I know instinctively what to do to defend myself. Before IMPACT I just did not know I had those instincts. I didn't know I could badly hurt someone if I had to, if I was in danger.

Anonymous, 51, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-21T17:14:11-06:00

Anonymous, 51, Women's Basics

Now I feel like I have many more options besides fear, avoidance and staying home all the time. I know instinctively what to do to defend myself. Before IMPACT I just did not know I had those instincts. I didn't know I could badly hurt someone if I had to, if I was in danger.

I’ve come a long way since the day I walked into class

I've come a long way since the day I walked into class. It was so great to be a part of such an inspiring, life changing class with such an amazing group of women.

Anonymous, 29, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:40:29-06:00

Anonymous, 29, Women's Basics

I've come a long way since the day I walked into class. It was so great to be a part of such an inspiring, life changing class with such an amazing group of women.

Before IMPACT, I was angry and looking for a fight

IMPACT has changed my life in so many ways. Before IMPACT, I was angry and looking for a fight. After I was assaulted, I realized I needed to do something. After this class I am more aware of my surroundings and more confident in myself and in my interactions with others. I also have the resources to control myself in my interaction and in my everyday life. Thanks IMPACT team!

Rebecca, 23, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T17:56:35-07:00

Rebecca, 23, Women's Basics Course

IMPACT has changed my life in so many ways. Before IMPACT, I was angry and looking for a fight. After I was assaulted, I realized I needed to do something. After this class I am more aware of my surroundings and more confident in myself and in my interactions with others. I also have the resources to control myself in my interaction and in my everyday life. Thanks IMPACT team!

I’m leaving empowered, confident and aware

Having come to the class reluctantly at my father's wishes, I was not excited. But, I'm leaving empowered, confident and aware. I'm lucky to have been a part of such an amazing group of women! Thank you so much!

Anonymous, 29, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:42:41-06:00

Anonymous, 29, Women's Basics

Having come to the class reluctantly at my father's wishes, I was not excited. But, I'm leaving empowered, confident and aware. I'm lucky to have been a part of such an amazing group of women! Thank you so much!

Amazing experience!

Absolutely amazing experience!

Kate, 27, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T20:28:45-06:00

Kate, 27, Women's Basics

Absolutely amazing experience!

This is experiential learning at its finest

This is experiential learning at its finest. I have locked in new verbal and physical skills. Unexpectedly, the physical skills haven given me more confidence to use the verbal skills. This class is life changing and I recommend it to all women.

Susan, 54, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:28:59-06:00

Susan, 54, Women's Basics

This is experiential learning at its finest. I have locked in new verbal and physical skills. Unexpectedly, the physical skills haven given me more confidence to use the verbal skills. This class is life changing and I recommend it to all women.

One of the hardest but very useful things I’ve done

One of the hardest things I've done but very useful, powerful. I loved the diversity of the group! All of us trying to obtain the same goal!

Lee, 52, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-21T17:11:17-06:00

Lee, 52, Women's Basics

One of the hardest things I've done but very useful, powerful. I loved the diversity of the group! All of us trying to obtain the same goal!

I was not sure what to expect

Going into the course, at the prompting of my dad, I was not sure what to expect. But, this class was so awesome!

Sarah, 27, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T18:37:22-07:00

Sarah, 27, Women's Basics Course

Going into the course, at the prompting of my dad, I was not sure what to expect. But, this class was so awesome!

I’ve developed the skills to move through the world safely

I've had a strong and needed reality check, and I have developed the skills to realistically move through the world safely. My relationship to my body and the world around me is more wholesome now.

Anonymous, 28, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:44:11-06:00

Anonymous, 28, Women's Basics

I've had a strong and needed reality check, and I have developed the skills to realistically move through the world safely. My relationship to my body and the world around me is more wholesome now.

I am grateful for this experience

I am grateful for this experience. Although I have always been a good communicator of my needs and set boundaries, this has given me greater skills and perspective on how to approach these conversations and interactions. Not to mention managing my own energy and personal space! Thank you, IMPACT!

Jill, 33, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T16:33:16-06:00

Jill, 33, Women's Basics

I am grateful for this experience. Although I have always been a good communicator of my needs and set boundaries, this has given me greater skills and perspective on how to approach these conversations and interactions. Not to mention managing my own energy and personal space! Thank you, IMPACT!

Be brave!!

Thank you for the lessons to take on the road. Be brave!!

Frances, 40, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-04-22T18:59:31-06:00

Frances, 40, Women's Basics

Thank you for the lessons to take on the road. Be brave!!

I can now be the woman I am meant to be

This course truly changed my life.  I feel that I can now be the woman I am meant to be!  I feel so safe and confident in myself.

Alyssa, 21, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2018-10-24T10:15:17-06:00

Alyssa, 21, Women's Basics Course

This course truly changed my life.  I feel that I can now be the woman I am meant to be!  I feel so safe and confident in myself.

I have told at least 20 people about the course

This course exceeded all of my expectations. I feel 200% more powerful, physically AND mentally, after taking this course. It was incredible to be able to experience such empowerment and growth within myself, surrounded by supportive staff and the amazing females in my class. I have been so impacted by IMPACT (heh) that I have told at least 20 people about the course and encouraged them to take it. It is SO worth the cost. Definitely will be back for the advanced course!

Sarah, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-01-14T10:12:33-07:00

Sarah, Women's Basics

This course exceeded all of my expectations. I feel 200% more powerful, physically AND mentally, after taking this course. It was incredible to be able to experience such empowerment and growth within myself, surrounded by supportive staff and the amazing females in my class. I have been so impacted by IMPACT (heh) that I have told at least 20 people about the course and encouraged them to take it. It is SO worth the cost. Definitely will be back for the advanced course!

Skills necessary for any person to respond confidently to unexpected inappropriate situations

The four day IMPACT workshop is more than just an experience. It is experiential learning of skills necessary for any person to respond confidently to unexpected inappropriate situations. I believe that anyone who ever feels concern for their own personal safety owes it to themselves to participate in at least one of the IMPACT courses.

Sandy, 71, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T12:55:20-07:00

Sandy, 71, Women's Basics Course

The four day IMPACT workshop is more than just an experience. It is experiential learning of skills necessary for any person to respond confidently to unexpected inappropriate situations. I believe that anyone who ever feels concern for their own personal safety owes it to themselves to participate in at least one of the IMPACT courses.

One of the best classes I have taken

Great! This was one of the best classes I have taken. I would recommend to all.

Kim, 48, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T13:03:20-07:00

Kim, 48, Women's Basics Course

Great! This was one of the best classes I have taken. I would recommend to all.

So many of my anxieties have been replaced with skills and techniques

I'm so proud of myself after having gone through this. So many of my anxieties have been replaced with skills and techniques (verbal and physical) that will help keep me and others safe. It's been an intensive and significant experience but I can't imagine not having done it.

Jocelyn, 26, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T20:31:49-06:00

Jocelyn, 26, Women's Basics

I'm so proud of myself after having gone through this. So many of my anxieties have been replaced with skills and techniques (verbal and physical) that will help keep me and others safe. It's been an intensive and significant experience but I can't imagine not having done it.

I just can’t sing the praises of IMPACT enough

I just can't sing the praises of IMPACT enough. I am so glad I took this class. I always wondered what I'd be like in a fight and now I know I kick ass. Having a big mouth, I've always been confident in my ability to create conflict, but now I have the skills to de-escalate a conflict or use physical force when necessary. Now that I have multiple skills I can utilize, my big mouth doesn't always have to be my go to. I feel confident I can manage my adrenaline positively.

Anya, 26, Women's Basics

Women's Basics
2019-06-09T20:30:44-06:00

Anya, 26, Women's Basics

I just can't sing the praises of IMPACT enough. I am so glad I took this class. I always wondered what I'd be like in a fight and now I know I kick ass. Having a big mouth, I've always been confident in my ability to create conflict, but now I have the skills to de-escalate a conflict or use physical force when necessary. Now that I have multiple skills I can utilize, my big mouth doesn't always have to be my go to. I feel confident I can manage my adrenaline positively.

I find myself sharing IMPACT with others

I find myself sharing IMPACT with others. The experience is supportive of growing my confidence and self esteem in the area of caring for myself which was undermined a few years ago due to an injury.

Anonymous, 52, Women's Basics Course

Women's Basics
2019-01-09T12:58:37-07:00

Anonymous, 52, Women's Basics Course

I find myself sharing IMPACT with others. The experience is supportive of growing my confidence and self esteem in the area of caring for myself which was undermined a few years ago due to an injury.

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