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Martial Arts & Safety Classes

​​​CPR / Self-Defense / Martial Arts

PLEASE NOTE: Due to concerns related to COVID-19, ALL group activities, classes, and programs have been paused until further notice. Check back here for new information as it becomes available​​ 

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

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: First trial month as low as $39.99!

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. Visit the Tandang Garimot website for additional pricing and to register! 
Please contact Danielle Arens if you have any questions regarding Martial Arts programs.

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. CPR registration must be done in person at The Ray during Membership Services hour​s​.


Self-Defense Classes

We currently offer two types of self-defense classes described below. Winter classes are completed, but check back here for Spring Quarter class dates and times.

City-Safe Self-Defense Provided by IMPACT Chicago

  • For DePaul Students only: Free 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 (groups will pay a fee of $150). 
  • Contact Sarah Hardin for questions or to set up a class for a group.

Spikey Self-Defense and Pepper Spray Course provided by Personal Protection Academy 

  • 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. 
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