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Chimera Self-Defense is a branch of RCC's community education programming that is designed and taught by women. In addition to raising awareness and presenting accurate information about sexual assault, Chimera teaches effective responses to violence, both verbal and physical, with the goal of avoiding or stopping an attack.

For information on becoming a volunteer class assistant, click here.

Late 2016/Early 2017 Schedule

Trans Module
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6-9pm
October/November Course (modular)
  • Chimera Foundations: Sunday, Oct. 30, 1-4pm OR Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6-9pm
  • Lion Module: Sunday, Nov. 6, 1-4pm
  • Goat Module: Sunday, Nov. 13, 1-4pm
  • Serpent Module: Sunday, Nov. 20, 1-4pm
January Course (fixed)
  • Sundays, Jan. 22 & 29, 10am-4:30pm
Chimera is now being offered in a modular format! As long as you have taken Chimera Foundations, you are welcome to mix and match the other classes according to your schedule. The modules are named after the different parts of the chimera creature; each one will review Chimera Foundations and build off of them with an extra unit or two. See below for descriptions.
  • Chimera Foundations: Basic principles, including verbal, physical, and psychological skills. This unit is REQUIRED before taking any other module.
  • Lion Module: Review of basics and new skills, including defenses against multiple attackers.
  • Goat Module: Review of basics and new skills, including weapons discussion and car defenses.
  • Serpent Module: Review of basics and new skills, including fighting from the ground.
  • Trans Module: Designed for trans women. Review of basics with tailored modifications, plus de-escalation skills and street safety discussion.

Register for Chimera
Pre-registration is required. We must receive your registration form and payment no later than one week before the first class date to guarantee your spot in the class.

Basic Chimera is $120 per person or $75 for students.

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Need-based scholarships are available. For information on how to apply, please email

Chimera Gift Certificate
A Chimera class makes a great gift for any woman in your life! Click here to purchase a Chimera gift certificate.

Classes (unless otherwise noted) will be held at McConnell Hall, Classroom 9 (located across the street from the Meriter Hospital Main Entrance on 1010 Mound Street). Enter on South Brooks Street (between Mound St & Milton St) in the door that says McConnell Hall Classroom Entrance. Take a left once inside and follow signs to Classroom 9.

Street parking in the area should be available. Parking in the Meriter ramp is also available for a fee.

Chimera Refund Policy
Registrants may transfer their enrollment to a different course as long as they notify RCC at least 48 hours in advance of the first session, but are not eligible for a refund except in cases where RCC cancels the course, as follows:
  • Low enrollment: If enrollment is very low, RCC will cancel the entire course, and registrants will be eligible for a full refund minus applicable credit card or PayPal processing fees.
  • Instructor illness: If the instructor is too sick to hold class and a substitute is not available, she will cancel the entire class, and registrants will have the option of either transferring their enrollment to a different class session or asking for a full refund minus applicable credit card or PayPal processing fees.
In other cases (including absences disclosed less than 48 hours before the first session), registrants will not be eligible to receive a refund. In cases of inclement weather RCC will reschedule the session in question. No refunds will be issued.

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