Monday, March 22, 2021

February 2021 Newsletter


Katie and AC say thanks to all the participants who attended the Boundary Setting workshop and made it a success! 

IMPACT Updates

Setting Boundaries Online

On February 20th, IMPACT Chicago held a Boundary Setting workshop via Zoom. 

The workshop was a success! Participants said:
"The topic of setting boundaries & understanding limits was addressed very well, both with practical examples (participant interaction) and descriptive situations (different environment anecdotes from the coaches)."

"Both instructors were so kind and informative—loved every minute!"

"Hope Talks" with IMPACT Chicago

IMPACT Chicago had the privilege of participating in "Hope Talks," sponsored by the Southside Center of Hope, a nonprofit recovery home for Chicago women who are experiencing homelessness or recovering from addiction. These monthly live chats allow local organizations to share resources and discuss topics that are important to the communities they serve.

You can watch the livestream of February's "Hope Talks" here (IMPACT's Lisa Amoroso appears at minute 38!). 

ESD on the Empowerment Podcast

In January, retired IMPACT Chicago instructor Martha Thompson spoke with Silvia Smart, host of The Empowerment Podcast. During the podcast, Martha shared what has driven her dedication to Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) work and what sets ESD apart from other forms of self-defense.

You can listen to the interview here.


ESD Around the World
Martha also helped spread the word about Empowerment Self-Defense to Turkish news agency Mesopotamia Agency. Martha, Deb and Maple were interviewed by journalists Gözde Çağrı Özköse and Zemo Ağgözas about self-defense training and how it can help women everywhere. You can find their interviews here:

Women are Reclaiming Their Voices (Martha)

Our Voice Can Save Another Woman's Life (Maple and Deb)

Next up...

Have you been looking for an opportunity to practice incorporating self-defense principles into realistic scenarios? Join us for the upcoming Self-Defense Scenarios workshop on April 24th! You can find the details here


Self-Defense Scenarios
1650 W. Foster Ave.

May 15
12:00 - 3:00 PM


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