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FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS

Find answers to your most asked questions.

Class Requrements

Q.
I am nervous about attending, how physical are your classes?
A.

We understand being nervous about what we do in class. We encourage everyone to take the classes at their own pace, we've worked with people in a variety of different physical conditions. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable so that you can get the most out of a class, for that reason we only ask that you do and try as much as your comfort level allows. If you don't want to do something, you don't have to. If you need to work from a chair instead of standing, we can handle that, too. We are here for you but if you have specific concerns, please drop us an email or give us a call and we can firgure it out together.

Q.
Is there a minimum age for the class?
A.

Our classes are customizable. Whether we are teaching a group of realtors or a group of Girl Scouts, we can tailor a class and content to meet your specific needs. Our community classes do have a minimum age requirement of 14 because we go over sensitive subjects like rape, sexual assault, and more but if you have a specific question about someone you'd like to bring, just drop us an email or give us a call and we can discuss it in private.

Q.
What should I bring to the class?
A.

Dress comfortably, you will be moving around. When you hire us to run a class, we will travel to your venue or use our local venue in Long Beach and the dress code may vary somewhat depending on the type of surface we're working on. Some of our classes do ground work, so you should wear something that covers your arms and legs for those. We also respectfully ask that you remove your jewelry and watches as well, for your safety and that of your partners. Ultimately, we want you to be comfortable and safe while training. We are happy to answer questions via email or by phone if you have specific wardrobe needs or concerns.

Q.
Can boys or men attend?
A.

At this time, this is a female-only event. We are working on a program for boys and men as well and will announce those when they are ready to launch.

Q.
Can I attend if I'm injured?
A.

YES, however, if you have concerns such as pregnancy or chronic conditions, you should be cleared by your doctor. Generally, injuries and discomfort can be worked around, we will help you modify moves but if you have a long-term or serious injury it's best that you follow your doctor's orders. And always be sure to wear any supports or items that you may need like braces, canes, etc.

About Out of Harms Way

Q.
Our legal disclaimer:
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Although we are professionals certified in martial arts and advocacy, we do not provide any kind of legal advice. Any legal information is provided for general information and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice. Before taking any actions based upon such information, we strongly encourage you to consult with the appropriate legal professional or licensed attorneys.

Q.
Do you require a deposit?
A.

We ask for a $100 deposit to reserve a date and time for your Group Class.

Q.
What is your refund policy?
A.

We know that emergencies can come up even when you've scheduled an event ahead of time. If you have to cancel a class, we ask that you do it at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled date in order to receive a full refund.

Q.
When I donate to you, what are the donations used for?
A.

Donations that come in are generally used to keep our community classes free and a portion of the donations are given to our local women's shelters. Donations are used to cover the cost of staffing the class, updating equipment for the class, and more. Donations to the class are always appreciated in any amount but we do not require them.

Q.
How are your free community workshops different from the rest?
A.

We have the privelage to be able to do free basic self defense classes in our communities, they are a basic introduction to general self defense and last 90 minutes. The free class repeats the same material each time and is held at the same two locations regularly. Our goal with our community classes is to help everyone understand the big picture of self-defense. When you hire us to teach a class for your group, we go into much more detail. We can also travel out to your location rather than having you come to us. When you hire us to teach a class, we schedule it at your convenience and, of course, the class would be customized to fit the needs of your group.

Teaching Topics

Q.
What do you mean by "sensitive subject matter"?
A.

Our classes deal with the terrible realities of violence, especially against women. As women, our safety concerns go far beyond muggings. We don't shy away from talking about sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, date rape, and more. Families make their own determinations about when they want to bring these kinds of topics up with their kids and how much they want to share. If you have specific concerns about what your child or young adult is going to learn in a class, please feel free to email or call us.

Q.
What do you mean by non-lethal weapons?
A.

A non-lethal weapon is one that when used under normal circumstances does not typically lead to permanent harm or death. Examples of non-lethal weapons are pepper sprays and stun guns. In our class, you will be introduced to these kinds of self defense items and then taken through some simple drills to uderstand how to use them properly.