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IMPACT

Empowerment Self-Defense for Women and Girls

IMPACT is a unique self-defense training program developed to combat and prevent sexual violence. Many graduates have defined it as a life-changing and powerful experience that positively influenced all areas of their lives.

The intensive training involves simulated fights with instructors in full-body protective gear.

IMPACT is one of two types of empowerment self-defense programs for women and girls. It is an opportunity to fully experience the hidden power of your voice and your body.

It’s the best gift you could possibly give yourself!

During the course, you will learn:

  • Verbal boundary-setting and assertiveness skills that can serve you in all areas of life
     

  • Effective physical techniques that fully harness the natural power of the female body
     

  • Full-contact role-playing experience with an instructor who simulates an encounter with an assailant—either familiar or stranger 
     

  • De-escalation skills for a wide variety of situations—from street harassment to sexual assault
     

  • Confident body language and effective vocal skills to increase deterrence and support getting help

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  • who may participate in this course?
    11-year-old girls (and older) and every woman who wants to acquire effective tools for self-defense. Instead of aspiring to replace former knowledge or tools, the course enhances existing toolboxes and allows each participant to choose her best strategy for her specific situation.
  • Do I need to be in good physical shape to participate?
    The course is suitable for girls and women in various physical and health conditions.
  • Is the course suitable for victims of sexual violence?
    Many participants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, or other trauma, find the course contents and practice healing and empowering. Furthermore, the team is especially sensitive to matters relating to abuse and all types of violence. El HaLev instructors undergo lengthy and intense training and they provide the participants with a safe and supportive environment, both emotionally and physically. This enables the participants to boost their confidence, improve their skills, and enhance their personal sense of power.
  • You are an Amuta. Why is there a participation fee?
    El HaLev is a nonprofit organization and the participation fee results from the cost of the production of the course. However, the vision of the Amuta states that every woman has the right to acquire tools to protect her body, soul, and safety. Therefore, we work very hard to obtain donations that allow us to subsidize our activities, to help potential participants. Some of these donations were provided by those who have graduated from our courses, understanding their significance to every woman and girl. Thanks to these generous donations, we can offer support and will consider every woman’s financial situation. Help us with your donation >>
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