Empower teaches the IMPACT System, which emphasizes realistic scenarios as a means of teaching practical safety skills at all levels.

While this system of training is perhaps best-known for its full-force, full-contact physical self-defense and the padded “suit” worn by male instructors, the focus of all our training is on conflict-resolution and the belief that fighting is a last resort, to be utilized only in worst-case situations where one’s life or safety is at risk.


In all of Empower’s classes, the emphasis is on life skills aimed at developing confidence and self-reliance by providing students with practical tools for emotional and physical safety.

We teach:

  • Awareness
  • Verbal boundary-setting with Strangers and with Familiars (people we know)
  • Intervention and advocate strategies
  • Physical self-defense

We offer a variety of programs to schools, organizations, and individuals, tailored for a wide-range of age groups: children, tweens, teens, adult women. We also offer training for those with physical or developmental challenges.


While many students are drawn to our programs because of a desire to stay safe – or to keep their children safe – they often find that the benefits of empowerment training spill over into many areas of their lives.

Among the benefits reported by graduates are:

  • Assertiveness: a willingness to speak up on their own behalf, or as an advocate for others
  • Improved awareness and threat-assessment skills
  • Better interpersonal communication, especially with intimates such as family and co-workers
  • Increased confidence, and less general fear
  • Ability to function while adrenalinized, such as emergency or crisis situations


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