Students, faculty, and staff members at U-M sometimes have questions about personal safety or campus safety. The Dean of Students Office is just one of many units at the University of Michigan invested in campus safety and violence prevention. And just one of the prevention programs they’re offering students this year is a three day self-defense class taught by IMPACT Chicago and co-sponsored by the U-M Alumnae Council.
All U-M community members are welcome to attend a live presentation by student participants on the final day of the program, Sunday, February 23rd from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union. You’ll have an opportunity to hear directly from the students about their experiences in this intensive, 23 hour program, as well as witness embodied, integrative learning outcomes at a live event.
IMPACT Self-Defense of Chicago is a non-profit organization, committed to ending violence and building a non-violent world in which all people can live safely and with dignity. By teaching self-defense, they provide tools to help prevent, minimize, and stop violence. Read more about their programs.
The IMPACT instructor team includes a personal coach and a padded attacker, offering a supportive environment and a chance to experience full-force physical techniques while adrenaline is high and fine motor skills are low (as is likely to be the case in a real-life emergency.) IMPACT of Chicago teaches:
… assessment, verbal boundary setting, and physical self-defense skills… [many participants] report that learning to knock someone out opens up possibilities and confidence in making peaceful choices for dealing with violence as well as simultaneously enhancing freedom and safety.
Participation in this program is limited to just 15 students per session; U of M students may still apply to join the February or September, 2014 sessions by applying at the Dean of Students Office website. Contact email@example.com or 734-764-7420 with any questions. And we hope to see you February 23rd!