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What Is IMPACT?

IMPACT is an organization of women and men working together to end the cycle of violence. Since 1985 IMPACT has trained thousands of women, men, and children in simple, effective self-defense and boundary-setting techniques of size, strength, or age. IMPACT is a variety of ESD.  ESD Global’s trainings incorporate some aspects of IMPACT methods.  

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

IMPACT is an adrenaline-based ESD. This means that participants practice techniques while feeling the physical and psychological impacts of stress or fear. Students learn techniques that they use in simulations of various types of fights—from attacks from the front or the rear, to verbal harassment—with assailants. The method allows participants to discover the full power of their bodies and voices. IMPACT classes provide a self-defense learning environment that allows the students to experience high adrenaline in a safe and controlled manner.

SENSITIVITY TO TRAUMA

For many who have experienced family violence, sexual assault, or other trauma, the experience of being physically powerful in the face of a simulated assault is a unique healing experience.  IMPACT instructors are sensitive to abuse and related issues.

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COMMITMENT TO WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP

IMPACT is committed to a teaching environment with women in leadership roles.

Empowerment Self-Defense is a holistic approach to personal safety which teaches tools to combat the whole spectrum of violence, from verbal harassment to physical violence.

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SELF DEFENSE FOR EVERYONE 

IMPACT chapters are committed to the belief that people are powerful and capable of protecting themselves.  IMPACT teaches effective self-protection skills that work for people of different ages, sizes, and physical abilities.

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ESD Global is a US-based nonprofit organization (NGO) that envisions a world where people can live safe, violence-free lives.  ESD Global is dedicated to making Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) accessible around the world through increasing public awareness of its profound benefits.

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