So many impressions rise up when I reflect back on the [IMPACT for Girls] training. I found the work IMPACT did with our daughters to help them find and use their voices to be quite powerful, and emotional, too. Unfortunately, in teaching our girls to be “nice”, our culture has also encouraged them to completely disconnect from the power of their voices. Our daughters learned how to use their voices to deter an assailant. They also learned how to connect the power of voice with specific physical actions to render an assailant incapable of harm. Then they practiced over and over and over again so that these techniques became set in muscle memory. This was very emotional to observe and I found myself choking up quite a few times as our daughters tapped into a fierce Inner Warrior they may not have known existed and let it out in order to practice protecting themselves. Some of the girls had emotional reactions, too. And if they didn’t yesterday going through the training, you might see it come out today or tomorrow. I am so very proud of each one of them. They faced fear and shouted, palm-striked, kneed, and sidekicked right into the heart of it. It is my sincere hope that by doing so they tapped reservoirs of courage and confidence they didn’t know they had.
Minister of Healing Arts
Upcoming Programs for Girls and College Women
Perpetual Motion, 4057 N. Damen Ave , Chicago.
IMPACT for Girls, August 1 and 2, 10 am - 2 pm
IMPACT for Women Going to College, August 8, noon-5 pm
Info@impactchicago.org for more information or to register: