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Martial Arts & Safety Classes

CPR / Self-Defense / Martial Arts (Karate and Filipino Martial Arts)

Register for all classes at the Membership Services desk, online, or through The Ray at DePaul app.

City Safe Self Defense Classes

Provided by IMPACT Chicago
Classes provide safety skill instruction including awareness, basic verbal techniques and elementary physical responses to unwanted verbal or physical confrontation. Additional classes may be set up for specific populations and student organization/campus groups upon request. 

All classes will be held at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center. Pre-Registration is suggested as we need at least 5 people in the class for it to be held. Once we reach 5 people, we will take walk-ins or later registrants up to 20 participants.

Winter Quarter Self-Defense Workshop
Tuesday, January 21; 4:30-6 pm; FREE!
Open to DePaul Students, Faculty, and Staff Only
This workshop is limited to 25 participants, so register early!
At least 15 pre-registrations are required by Friday, January 17 for the workshop to run.
*A unique Campus Recreation (not your Campus Connect) log-in is needed to register online: online instructions.

Youth Martial Arts

For youth ages 6 - 13; Monthly Fees: Members $95; Non-Members $125;  Classes Held: Friday 5 - 6 pm and 6:15 -7:30 pm; Saturday 11 am - Noon and Noon - 1 pm.

Youth Karate participants will learn:

  • Stranger danger and bullying prevention
  • Karate Basic Principles (respect, discipline, confidence, good character)
  • The importance of healthy living
  • Goal setting and the pursuit of achieving goals
  • Emergency situation response and action
Please contact Danielle Arens if you have any questions regarding Martial Arts programs.

Adult Martial Arts

Provided by Tandang Garimot
Ages 18+
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8  - 9:30 pm
Monthly Fees: Members $95, Non-members $125

Get fit while learning to apply western and eastern martial arts techniques.  Through a combination of bag work and partner drills, you will learn martial and self defense techniques that involve kickboxing, grappling, and weapons.  Classes focus primarily on Filipino Martial Arts, and incorporate elements of Muay Thai, boxing, and Jiu Jitsu.  FMA relies on speed and proper body mechanics, rather than strength and size.  This system is perfect for those looking for self-defense and fitness while learning a new skill. Contact us to try out a class!

CPR / AED Certification Classes

Become certified in American Heart Association Heartsaver Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED. We offer certification classes for DePaul students, faculty, and staff ($22.50 for purchase of educational materials) and the community ($45).  You do NOT have to be a member of the Ray to register for and take a class. All classes are held at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center.

Winter Quarter Classes
  • Friday, January 17; 12:30-4:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 26; 12:30-4:30 pm
  • Monday, February 3; 5-9 pm
  • Tuesday, February 11; 5-9 pm
  • Friday, February 21; 12:30-4:30 pm

Spikey Self Defense 

Provided by Personal Protection Academy 
Spikey self-defense & Pepper Spray Course. Two courses for the price of one! Learn the technique of using the Spikey tool to defend yourself against an attacker. This course is taught by a certified Spikey instructor. You will learn how to use the Spikey in different defensive situations such as from the front, behind, and side, while learning proper striking techniques whether walking alone or in a car. The instructor will demonstrate with hands-on techniques the safest & quickest way to avoid an attacker.

Course fee includes: Spikey, DVD, keyring, use of trainer pepper spray & certificate of completion. 

When: Wednesday, January  29th; 6-8pm 

Price: $105 per person, $95 when 2 or more sign up together

Register by contacting Deb O'Malley at Personal Protection Academy: 773-497-8543