Introduction to Self-Defense for Trauma Survivors

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Introduction to Self-Defense for Trauma Survivors

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Finding Strength Through Self-Defense: A Workshop for Trauma Survivors

Trauma and PTSD can leave you feeling powerless and disconnected from your body. But through empowerment self-defense, you can start reclaiming your sense of control and confidence.

Join us for an introductory workshop focused on helping trauma survivors build self-protection skills in a supportive environment.

Our 4-hour class will provide simple techniques to help you set strong verbal boundaries and remain grounded when emotionally activated. We’ll focus on mind-body skills to help you remain centered rather than go into fight-or-flight mode whenever you feel threatened.

Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) is a holistic approach to self-defense, teaching both physical and psychological techniques to help people—especially survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence—reclaim their power and feel safe in their own bodies. ESD is a form of self-protection training that uses physical, mental, and emotional strategies to help its practitioners improve their self-confidence, promote personal autonomy, and increase both safety and the joy of being alive.

Why Self-Defense for Trauma Survivors?

Many people who have experienced trauma, such as violence or abuse, struggle to feel safe and confident in their own skin. The right self-defense program can help them to regain control of their bodies and minds by providing opportunities to learn how to protect themselves in the event of future attacks. Empowerment self-defense in particular can help students rewire their minds around the idea of violence, releasing deep-seated somatic memories and facilitating the process of integration.

People who train in ESD report that it helps them regain their self-esteem and become better equipped to handle challenging situations.

IMPACT’s empowerment self-defense workshops change lives.

What You’ll Gain By Participating

Trauma can make you feel disconnected from your power and recovery can often feel like an endless, uphill climb.

Fortunately, we have teachable skills that can help make the journey to wholeness faster. While we can’t cover everything in a four-hour workshop, we can get you started on a path toward living safer and feeling happier.

This workshop aims to help you reclaim your confidence through:

  • Strategies to tune into body signals and instinctual reactions
  • Mindfulness and grounding techniques to remain present
  • Physical and verbal tools to establish boundaries and regain control of your thoughts during confrontational situations
  • Boundary setting to say “no” and protect yourself
  • Increased self-efficacy and resilience
  • A sense of community and validation from other survivors

Our trauma-informed instructors understand the impacts of PTSD and how to teach self-protection with care. You’ll learn to defend yourself in a safe, supportive space focused on healing and empowerment.

Workshop Details

  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
  • Time: 10 am – 2 pm
  • Location: The Levee at LifeCare Alliance, 670 Harmon Ave, Columbus, OH 43223
  • Open to All Genders
  • Minimum Age 18
  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 25 at 5 pm

Space is limited. Register now to reserve your spot!

Self-defense can be an important step in recovering from trauma. Join us for this empowering workshop to reconnect with your inner strength and survivor courage. Please contact us with any questions!


To keep our classes open and accessible to all, we ask that you contribute a donation you can afford, at the highest level you can. Suggested Donation: $100. Click here to read more about our sliding scale payment policy.

Your contributions enable us to create a safe and nurturing environment for all, ensuring that no one is left behind, regardless of their financial ability.

Register Now and take the first step towards empowerment, self-defense, and healing.

For those who select the “Other Price Point” option, our office will contact you after registration to arrange for payment options.

Your Safety, Your Power

This isn’t just a workshop; it’s a movement. A movement to reclaim your space, your voice, and your power. Join us, and let’s make a lasting impact together.

Empowerment self-defense graduates celebrating together, arm in arm, after completing a challenging weekend-long training course. A vision of empowerment, strength, and camaraderie.
  • Date : 28 Oct 2023
  • Time : 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (America/New_York)
  • Reg. Deadline : 25 Oct 2023 5:00 pm

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