The Core Program is IMPACT Chicago's most intensive program, allowing women to gain the most self-defense training in the shortest amount of time.
Training progresses from distinguishing harmless and dangerous behavior to verbal boundary setting to responses to a physical assault. Women learn and drill effective awareness, verbal, and physical techniques and then practice using their voices, manage their adrenaline, project calmness, make moment-by-moment decisions, and deliver strikes and kicks with full-force, just as they would need to do in an actual attack. By the end of the Core Program, women have repeatedly used their skills to assess danger, set boundaries, and respond effectively to verbal and physical attacks.
What are distinguishing features of IMPACT self-defense training?
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The training is conducted by a female-led team of instructors. The Lead Instructor plans and facilitates the program, teaches self-defense skills, and serves as a personal coach for participants in the self-defense scenarios. Suited instructors serve a dual role in the Core Program, assisting in teaching (e.g. demonstrations and drills) and wearing body armor they play the role of a mock aggressor, giving participants an opportunity to practice all their skills in an adrenalized-state. Class assistants are volunteers who have completed the Core Program. They provide additional support for the women in the course.
“Our goal is to move toward a world where women and men work together as equals. Within a society where men are often presumed to be leaders, modeling a working relationship where the female instructor is the lead and a male instructor functions within that paradigm, without being threatened by it, is critical to achieving that goal.”—Mark, Suited Instructor
What makes the IMPACT Core Program empowerment-based self-defense training?