Chimera® (ky-MEER-ah) is a self-defense program which teaches awareness, assertiveness, and physical protection skills. We’ve partnered with the Rape Crisis Center to offer Chimera sessions at the Nicholas Recreation Center. Instructors emphasize safety and confidentiality throughout all courses.

Class meets once a week for six weeks and the first session begins September 20. Open to students and members.

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Chimera teaches that everyone has the right and ability to protect themselves. All techniques are easy to learn and use, and are designed to help the defender stop the attack and escape. Among other things, participants learn:

  • Defenses against harassment and assault by acquaintances and strangers
  • Defenses against multiple attackers
  • Advanced ground techniques
  • Strategies for dealing with armed attackers
  • Protection in and around cars