TAKE Foundation™ Defense Training

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the class?
Who may attend the class?
What should I wear?
Will there be refreshments?
Should I come alone?
What should I expect from the class?
What do I do when I arrive?
Can my father, husband, boyfriend, etc. watch or participate with me in the program?
What should my under-age child do while I take the class?
Should I allow my young daughter and her friends to attend without my participation?
Will there be media groups there taking pictures or filming the class?
What do I do if I require special accommodations?
I am pregnant may I attend the class?

  • How long is the class?
    The class lasts about two hours.
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  • Who may attend the class?
    Any female 12 years and older may attend. Our oldest participant to date was 86 years old!
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  • What should I wear?
    Wear what you're comfortable in. Most people who attend the class wear slacks, sweat pants or jeans.
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  • Will there be refreshments?
    Most classes will not provide refreshments, but some locations might provide water bottles. Please plan ahead to bring anything you might need during a two-hour program.
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  • Should I come alone?
    It's best to come with a friend, relative or someone else you feel comfortable working with in a class setting. For a portion of the class material we use a partner format, so it would be nice to pair up with someone you know.
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  • What should I expect from the class?
    During the first 30 minutes of the class, we'll speak to you about the importance of personal safety. An expert will share insightful information about criminal behavior and the many ways criminals choose their victims. We'll talk about ways you can make yourself more aware of your environment to prevent becoming one of these victims.

    The next hour of the class focuses on de-escalation techniques and then, if the unthinkable happens and you are attacked, what simple but effective moves you can do to get away and make it to a safe location.

    The last 30 minutes is spent sharing real-life stories of people who have told us their shocking experiences of attacks and what you can do to avoid a similar fate. We'll then give you some safety tips to apply to your everyday life and allow for some Q&A time.
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  • What do I do when I arrive?
    Before you arrive to your class, you should print and sign the waiver form from our website, takedefense.org, and bring it with you to your class. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a waiver. Those under the age of 18 must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate.

    When you get to your class location, look for a check-in table with volunteers waiting to you assist you. They will ask for your name and waiver form. Then you'll be ready to learn some self-defense and have fun!
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  • Can my father, husband, boyfriend, etc. watch or participate with me in the program?
    Due to the nature of some of the conversation and events, and in order to ensure the comfort of all who attend, the class is for females only. Men are discouraged from attending.
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  • What should my under-age child do while I take the class?
    If your child is too young to participate in the class, we discourage them from attending only because it makes it difficult for the parent to attain the full value of the class.
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  • Should I allow my young daughter and her friends to attend without my participation?
    As long as their waiver form is signed, this is allowed. However, we encourage parent or adult participation with younger girls so the adult can encourage the girls to follow the activities in order to maximize their learning experience.
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  • Will there be media groups there taking pictures or filming the class?
    This program has grown in popularity and has captured the hearts of communities, including the media. Ali's story and what her parents have done in her memory has had such an impact on thousands of people that media occasionally covers the class and its events. The waiver form you sign prior to attending the class includes granting permission for photography to be taken of you. If you aren't comfortable with this and prefer to not be photographed, please speak with a staff member before the class to let them know of your concern.
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  • What do I do if I require special accommodations?
    There have been many participants who are deaf or handicapped in some way. If contacted in advance about any special needs, we'll work to the best of our abilities to provide any and all services available to us in order to extend the experience of our program to everyone who is interested.
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  • I am pregnant may I attend the class?
    Yes. The class format allows you to participate in some or all of the activities as long as you're comfortable or it's recommended by your physician. We do ask that you use your own discretion when participating in the program.
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