These are testimonials from real students at IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado. We have kept some names anonymous per student requests.

IMPACT students say…

This work is so important

This work is so important. It should be taught alongside sexuality education at every school on the planet!

Dave, 44, 2016 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

2019-01-09T18:19:55+00:00

Dave, 44, 2016 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

This work is so important. It should be taught alongside sexuality education at every school on the planet!

Great skills for men and women

Great skills for men and women to use in any uncomfortable situation.

Mike, 30, 2016 EMPOWERED Workplace Training

2019-01-09T18:15:04+00:00

Mike, 30, 2016 EMPOWERED Workplace Training

Great skills for men and women to use in any uncomfortable situation.

Thankful

So very thankful!

Faith, 42, 2017 Advanced Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:22:38+00:00

Faith, 42, 2017 Advanced Basics Course

So very thankful!

I believe, hope and wish every woman I know would and could take this class

I went into the basics class unsure and scared. I came out of the basics class confident and aware. This workshop was still a life changing experience. I believe, hope and wish every woman I know would and could take this class.

Jenny, 27, 2012 Workshop

2019-01-09T18:57:20+00:00

Jenny, 27, 2012 Workshop

I went into the basics class unsure and scared. I came out of the basics class confident and aware. This workshop was still a life changing experience. I believe, hope and wish every woman I know would and could take this class.

I have now found a voice within myself that I’ve always hoped to have

Going into this with no expectations and open to anything, I was surprised to see how effective it can be to use a basic set of tools to help me actually stay calm in an adrenaline state. I have now found a voice within myself that I've always hoped to have had, and have the confidence to handle more situations that I couldn't have in the past. Thank you.

Sam, 34, 2016 Men's Basics

2019-01-09T18:02:24+00:00

Sam, 34, 2016 Men's Basics

Going into this with no expectations and open to anything, I was surprised to see how effective it can be to use a basic set of tools to help me actually stay calm in an adrenaline state. I have now found a voice within myself that I've always hoped to have had, and have the confidence to handle more situations that I couldn't have in the past. Thank you.

Absolutely worth the time and effort

This course is absolutely worth the time and effort. If you have the chance to participate, I recommend it without reservation.

Danise, 38, 2016 Empowered Troop Workshop

2019-01-09T18:55:13+00:00

Danise, 38, 2016 Empowered Troop Workshop

This course is absolutely worth the time and effort. If you have the chance to participate, I recommend it without reservation.

Help to keep my family safe

Thank you for helping me help to keep my family safe!

Sheryl, 38, 2016 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

2018-10-24T10:21:38+00:00

Sheryl, 38, 2016 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

Thank you for helping me help to keep my family safe!

Effective coping, fighting and, most importantly, reporting skills

I am so glad that our reserved 6 year old son was taught powerful and effective coping, fighting and, most importantly, reporting skills, and that we're all able to be "on the same page" with safety conversations in our household.  Very powerful and practical and jam-packed class.

Johanna, 42, 2014 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

2018-10-24T10:24:25+00:00

Johanna, 42, 2014 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

I am so glad that our reserved 6 year old son was taught powerful and effective coping, fighting and, most importantly, reporting skills, and that we're all able to be "on the same page" with safety conversations in our household.  Very powerful and practical and jam-packed class.

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, 2012 Women's Basics

2018-10-24T10:28:43+00:00

Krista, 31, 2012 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.

I have a new set of boundary setting skills

Because I travel for a living, I am often aware of my environment and on alert, but I had zero self defense skills beyond that. Not anymore! I feel much more prepared to be responsible for my personal safety now. Thank you! In addition to that, I have a new set of boundary setting skills that I think will be invaluable in a job that creates such powerful emotions and varied circumstances. I'm looking forward to attending the full course soon.

Kristi, 28, 2012 Workshop

2019-01-09T18:09:05+00:00

Kristi, 28, 2012 Workshop

Because I travel for a living, I am often aware of my environment and on alert, but I had zero self defense skills beyond that. Not anymore! I feel much more prepared to be responsible for my personal safety now. Thank you! In addition to that, I have a new set of boundary setting skills that I think will be invaluable in a job that creates such powerful emotions and varied circumstances. I'm looking forward to attending the full course soon.

I am able to move freely

I am able to move freely about my surroundings and in the world, always feeling safe and aware.

Rebecca, 57, 2012 Advanced Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:11:12+00:00

Rebecca, 57, 2012 Advanced Basics Course

I am able to move freely about my surroundings and in the world, always feeling safe and aware.

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, 2013 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T17:56:35+00:00

Rebecca, 23, 2013 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 can combine my mind and my physical strength

Such an empowering experience to see how I can combine my mind and my physical strength. I will definitely be back.

Wendy, 16, 2016 Teen Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:05:38+00:00

Wendy, 16, 2016 Teen Basics Course

Such an empowering experience to see how I can combine my mind and my physical strength. I will definitely be back.

Life changing

Great class. Life changing. I feel I have much more confidence in my ability to defend myself and people I care about.

Anthony, 21, 2013 Men's Basics Course

2019-01-09T17:54:14+00:00

Anthony, 21, 2013 Men's Basics Course

Great class. Life changing. I feel I have much more confidence in my ability to defend myself and people I care about.

Makes me feel much safer in everyday life

I am very glad that I took this class because knowing that I can protect myself makes me feel much safer in everyday life.  Thank you!

Rachel, 15, 2016 Teen Basics Course

2018-10-24T10:04:25+00:00

Rachel, 15, 2016 Teen Basics Course

I am very glad that I took this class because knowing that I can protect myself makes me feel much safer in everyday life.  Thank you!

Incredible

It was incredible and life changing.

Andrew, 18, 2016 Teen Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:17:37+00:00

Andrew, 18, 2016 Teen Basics Course

It was incredible and life changing.

Excellent

Excellent class!

Joan, 62, 2015 Workshop

2019-01-14T16:59:51+00:00

Joan, 62, 2015 Workshop

Excellent class!

I never knew I had this power in me

This experience changed me in so many ways.  I feel more confident in myself and more empowered.  I never knew I had this power in me.

Lucy, 13, 2011 Teen Basics Course

2018-10-24T09:58:32+00:00

Lucy, 13, 2011 Teen Basics Course

This experience changed me in so many ways.  I feel more confident in myself and more empowered.  I never knew I had this power in me.

Really appreciate Jake and Nick’s work

Thanks! Really appreciate Jake and Nick's work!

Andy, 52, 2013 Men's Basics Course

2019-01-09T17:47:38+00:00

Andy, 52, 2013 Men's Basics Course

Thanks! Really appreciate Jake and Nick's work!

I feel much more confident

I feel much more confident to use my verbal skills to de-escalate a situation.

Amanda, 26, 2016 EMPOWERED Workplace Training

2019-01-09T18:04:03+00:00

Amanda, 26, 2016 EMPOWERED Workplace Training

I feel much more confident to use my verbal skills to de-escalate a situation.

Amazing experience

Amazing experience. I now better understand self defense and why my girlfriend and sister are so enthusiastic about the program.

Ian, 27, 2013 Men's Basics Course

2019-01-09T17:50:43+00:00

Ian, 27, 2013 Men's Basics Course

Amazing experience. I now better understand self defense and why my girlfriend and sister are so enthusiastic about the program.

Thank you

Thank you for your passion and energy!

Ann, 55, 2015 Workshop

2019-01-14T17:02:35+00:00

Ann, 55, 2015 Workshop

Thank you for your passion and energy!

IMPACT has such a beautiful way of helping to raise my confidence

IMPACT has such a beautiful way of helping to raise my confidence, help me process past experiences and unleash my fury.

Sarah, 38, 2012 Advanced Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:12:47+00:00

Sarah, 38, 2012 Advanced Basics Course

IMPACT has such a beautiful way of helping to raise my confidence, help me process past experiences and unleash my fury.

Worthwhile weekend

Great and worthwhile weekend.  Thank you!

Stefan, 41, 2016 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

2018-10-24T10:26:43+00:00

Stefan, 41, 2016 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

Great and worthwhile weekend.  Thank you!

One of the most healing experiences

This is one of the most healing experiences I've done for myself in awhile.

Chelsea, 27, 2017 Advanced Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:26:26+00:00

Chelsea, 27, 2017 Advanced Basics Course

This is one of the most healing experiences I've done for myself in awhile.

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, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T13:03:20+00:00

Kim, 48, 2012 Women's Basics Course

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

Excellent for attaining greater self-awareness

I had a great experience with IMPACT. I learned more than I ever thought I would about defending myself physically, verbally, and mentally. This class is excellent for attaining greater self-awareness.

Torin, 20, 2016 Men's Basics Course

2018-10-24T10:09:51+00:00

Torin, 20, 2016 Men's Basics Course

I had a great experience with IMPACT. I learned more than I ever thought I would about defending myself physically, verbally, and mentally. This class is excellent for attaining greater self-awareness.

A few basic techniques can make you feel empowered

It is incredible how a few basic techniques can make you feel empowered.

Juanita, 44, 2015 Workshop

2019-01-09T17:59:13+00:00

Juanita, 44, 2015 Workshop

It is incredible how a few basic techniques can make you feel empowered.

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, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T12:55:20+00:00

Sandy, 71, 2012 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.

Teaches you a lot about not fighting

This class is very helpful and teaches you a lot about not fighting but defending yourself and what you love.

Anonymous, 18, 2016 EMPOWERED School Workshop

2019-01-09T18:51:50+00:00

Anonymous, 18, 2016 EMPOWERED School Workshop

This class is very helpful and teaches you a lot about not fighting but defending yourself and what you love.

Thanks for teaching me

Thanks for teaching me and helping me to practice verbal skills.

Anonymous, 20, 2018 EMPOWERED School Workshop

2019-01-09T18:33:48+00:00

Anonymous, 20, 2018 EMPOWERED School Workshop

Thanks for teaching me and helping me to practice verbal skills.

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, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T13:04:53+00:00

Lindsey, 28, 2012 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 have featured its work multiple times

IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado’s ​classes ​are life-changing​​, which is why, as founder of Parillume and host of the SHINE Soirée, a monthly interview show and community event celebrating the triumph of the human spirit in the aftermath of sexual violation, I have featured its work multiple times​.

IMPACT’s classes are not simply self-defense​. Nor are they just boundary-setting. Their courses are “boots on the ground” transformation at the deepest level​​, real-time. The Women’s Basics Course changed my life, allowing me to safely overcome deep-seated ​beliefs and ​fears that had ​me ​paralyzed​ ​in the aftermath of child sexual abuse​. Through their work, I found my fight – my voice and choice inside my body – and that is why I will never stop promoting and sharing with anyone who will listen, the impact IMPACT has made on my life and in the Parillume community!

Lisa Foster, speaking engagement client

2019-01-14T10:15:16+00:00

Lisa Foster, speaking engagement client

IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado’s ​classes ​are life-changing​​, which is why, as founder of Parillume and host of the SHINE Soirée, a monthly interview show and community event celebrating the triumph of the human spirit in the aftermath of sexual violation, I have featured its work multiple times​. IMPACT’s classes are not simply self-defense​. Nor are they just boundary-setting. Their courses are “boots on the ground” transformation at the deepest level​​, real-time. The Women’s Basics Course changed my life, allowing me to safely overcome deep-seated ​beliefs and ​fears that had ​me ​paralyzed​ ​in the aftermath of child sexual abuse​. Through their work, I found my fight – my voice and choice inside my body – and that is why I will never stop promoting and sharing with anyone who will listen, the impact IMPACT has made on my life and in the Parillume community!

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, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:41:19+00:00

Jenny, 27, 2012 Women's Basics Course

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

You can actually be better prepared to protect yourself and your family

There is no better format for truly learning these skills. After this class you can actually be better prepared to protect yourself and your family, as opposed to just thinking you know what to do.

Jason, 49, 2017 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

2019-01-09T18:21:21+00:00

Jason, 49, 2017 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

There is no better format for truly learning these skills. After this class you can actually be better prepared to protect yourself and your family, as opposed to just thinking you know what to do.

If everyone knew about these tactics

If everyone knew about these tactics, less people would be in danger.

Anonymous, 18, 2016 EMPOWERED School Workshop

2019-01-09T18:53:24+00:00

Anonymous, 18, 2016 EMPOWERED School Workshop

If everyone knew about these tactics, less people would be in danger.

Very challenging and eye opening

I thought it was very challenging and eye opening. I could definitely see myself getting more involved in this program. I certainly learned a lot of great techniques to avoid altercation and defend myself, if needed.

Andrew, 35, 2012 Workshop

2019-01-09T18:46:38+00:00

Andrew, 35, 2012 Workshop

I thought it was very challenging and eye opening. I could definitely see myself getting more involved in this program. I certainly learned a lot of great techniques to avoid altercation and defend myself, if needed.

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, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T12:58:37+00:00

Anonymous, 52, 2012 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.

Helped me grow

Life changing. Helped me grow.

Camille, 57, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T12:57:10+00:00

Camille, 57, 2012 Women's Basics Course

Life changing. Helped me grow.

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, 2018 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:37:22+00:00

Sarah, 27, 2018 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!

Every woman should feel empowered

I love IMPACT and every woman should feel empowered because their life is worth fighting for.

Grace, 13, 2011 Teen Basics Course

2018-10-24T09:38:37+00:00

Grace, 13, 2011 Teen Basics Course

I love IMPACT and every woman should feel empowered because their life is worth fighting for.

I feel safer

Great. I feel safer knowing that I might be able to protect myself. Very professional staff!

Diane, 63, 2012 Workshop

2019-01-09T18:43:58+00:00

Diane, 63, 2012 Workshop

Great. I feel safer knowing that I might be able to protect myself. Very professional staff!

Changed my life in so many ways

This changed my life in so many ways.  I now feel more confident and a higher self-esteem.

Ailish, 14, 2011 Teen Basics Course

2018-10-24T10:01:00+00:00

Ailish, 14, 2011 Teen Basics Course

This changed my life in so many ways.  I now feel more confident and a higher self-esteem.

I now know I can defend myself

I learned so much. I have more confidence in the fact that I now know I can defend myself versus just thinking I can.

Dominic, 36, 2013 Men's Basics Course

2019-01-09T17:49:21+00:00

Dominic, 36, 2013 Men's Basics Course

I learned so much. I have more confidence in the fact that I now know I can defend myself versus just thinking I can.

I feel I can make the world a better place

IMPACT gave me the skills and confidence to be secure in who I am and what I want. I feel I can make the world a better place.

Martin, 26, 2013 Men's Basics Course

2019-01-09T17:52:17+00:00

Martin, 26, 2013 Men's Basics Course

IMPACT gave me the skills and confidence to be secure in who I am and what I want. I feel I can make the world a better place.

I feel stronger

I feel stronger and more empowered after taking this class! These are important skills that everyone should have.

Anonymous, 22, 2018 EMPOWERED School Workshop

2019-01-09T18:32:28+00:00

Anonymous, 22, 2018 EMPOWERED School Workshop

I feel stronger and more empowered after taking this class! These are important skills that everyone should have.

All of our traveling employees will get this training

This is so much more helpful than I expected. All of our traveling employees will get this training.

Paul, 58, 2012 Workshop

2019-01-09T18:45:14+00:00

Paul, 58, 2012 Workshop

This is so much more helpful than I expected. All of our traveling employees will get this training.

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, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T13:01:06+00:00

Sandra, 51, 2012 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.

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, 2012 Women's Basics

2018-10-24T10:31:39+00:00

Jessica, 33, 2012 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.

This class has made me more confident

I thought that this class has made me more confident and more powerful because I know how to defend myself.

Vivien, 13, 2018 Teen Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:39:03+00:00

Vivien, 13, 2018 Teen Basics Course

I thought that this class has made me more confident and more powerful because I know how to defend myself.

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, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2018-10-24T10:15:17+00:00

Alyssa, 21, 2012 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.

Amazing

Absolutely amazing experience!

Kate, 27, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T13:06:31+00:00

Kate, 27, 2012 Women's Basics Course

Absolutely amazing experience!

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, 2018 Women's Basics

2019-01-14T10:12:33+00:00

Sarah, 2018 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!

Walk into a more powerful and confident version of yourself

Get embodied fear to be a thing of your past memories, resolve unfinished trauma that is stored in your body, walk into a more powerful and confident version of yourself.

Renee, 39, 2017 Advanced Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:24:28+00:00

Renee, 39, 2017 Advanced Basics Course

Get embodied fear to be a thing of your past memories, resolve unfinished trauma that is stored in your body, walk into a more powerful and confident version of yourself.

It has most certainly permanently etched the skills into my mind and muscle memory

This class had skills practiced while adrenaline was high, unlike another course I had previously taken through another company. While initially this was uncomfortable and challenging, it has most certainly permanently etched the skills into my mind and muscle memory. I feel confident that I am prepared to navigate the unknown in the future.

Wendy, 42, 2018 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

2019-01-09T18:28:12+00:00

Wendy, 42, 2018 EMPOWERED Family Workshop

This class had skills practiced while adrenaline was high, unlike another course I had previously taken through another company. While initially this was uncomfortable and challenging, it has most certainly permanently etched the skills into my mind and muscle memory. I feel confident that I am prepared to navigate the unknown in the future.

I came into this class feeling afraid

Amazing! I came into this class feeling afraid and like I wasn't going to be able to do as well as other people. I have now finished the course and I am feeling so much more confident. I feel as though this class has saved me in a way. I am so grateful to all of my instructors, and so happy with the mental and physical progress I have made in self-defense.

Emma, 14, 2018 Teen Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:35:20+00:00

Emma, 14, 2018 Teen Basics Course

Amazing! I came into this class feeling afraid and like I wasn't going to be able to do as well as other people. I have now finished the course and I am feeling so much more confident. I feel as though this class has saved me in a way. I am so grateful to all of my instructors, and so happy with the mental and physical progress I have made in self-defense.

Feel very prepared to take on the world

A huge thank you to the instructors and assistants in this class.  They really created a positive, strong environment that made everyone feel safe in the most uncomfortable situations.  This class teaches the very important skill of self defense and awareness perfectly. Great experience, feel very prepared to take on the world.  LOVED it!!

Jyoti, 19, 2016 Teen Basics Course

2018-10-24T10:12:10+00:00

Jyoti, 19, 2016 Teen Basics Course

A huge thank you to the instructors and assistants in this class.  They really created a positive, strong environment that made everyone feel safe in the most uncomfortable situations.  This class teaches the very important skill of self defense and awareness perfectly. Great experience, feel very prepared to take on the world.  LOVED it!!

Awesome

Awesome!

Keith, 59, 2013 Men's Basics Course

2019-01-14T17:01:17+00:00

Keith, 59, 2013 Men's Basics Course

Awesome!

I loved it

Wonderful, empowering. I loved it.

Jeanette, 58, 2012 Women's Basics Course

2019-01-09T18:58:58+00:00

Jeanette, 58, 2012 Women's Basics Course

Wonderful, empowering. I loved it.