Fully Defend Yourself 

A free community conference educating in easily overlooked ways to defend yourself and your family.

This year, we are introducing a couple of additions:

  1. Dr. Rosenna Bakari will be joining us as keynote and interactive lecturer on the subject of “holistic and effective parenting from family and social work perspectives”
  2. A professional & student session (8-11 am) with Dr. Bakari that provides 2 CEUs to those that require them, as well as an extra CEU, offered during the afternoon session

Altogether, this year’s sessions include:

  • Dr. Bakari’s keynote 
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Physical anti-abduction techniques for self, family, and friends
  • Food security: healthy eating with tight budgets and difficult eaters

As always, supplies, food, snacks, yoga, and chair massages are complimentary – YES, chair massages – from some of the finest massage therapists in the area. Why? Because every conference should end with a massage!

Countdown to FDY!









Hands That

Register now, pay later!

2 week session $45

4 week session $80

Pay by December 15 and only pay full price for ONE person in your party when you all register together – everyone else is 50% off!

Complete and submit a registration form, and we’ll send you an invoice

what We are

On the surface: we provide socially aware art education and an expression platform to everyone regardless of income or background.

In depth: by increasing awareness of self, community, and various cultures, we eliminate the self-doubt and discrimination that is the cause of every destructive cycle in our world. We provide a protected space where students and families feel safe enough to access their imagination. This naturally awakens superpowers, purpose, and awareness of the collective consciousness.

A Word from our Executive Director

“As a visionary, the vision never really belongs to me. I knew from the second it burst inside my mind that it was going to be bigger than my own existence. BCAI is the necessary ‘vehicle’ to destroying destructive cycles in this world such as violence, sexual abuse, victimization, poverty etc.

My ‘why’ is when a parent comes to me in tears because their child is making friends, fearlessly freestyling in a cypher, or exuding confidence in other ways all for the first time.

My ‘why’ is when I humbly am allowed to watch a student go from fear to resilience; from self-loathing and sabotage to working on these ‘new’ superpowers they find within themselves. The looks on their faces, the fierce courage increasing and the family dynamics improving – all of this is why I work long hours for them, why I am adamant about protecting our familial village existence and why I will never retreat.

BCAI is not a building; it is a family and a legacy. Unconditional love and resilience training.

Thank you to everyone who has believed, still believes, and will never stop actively believing and investing in our vision and mission. You do not go unseen.”

– Angelique Rački

Upcoming Appearances

and important dates



Fall Semester starts

Have you signed up for classes? Last day of Fall registration is September 14!



Sunnyside Community Garden & Food Forest Open House

W. Illinois St., Bloomington, Illinois 61701



NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

Dinner tickets available!



Worldwide Day of Play

Children’s Discovery Museum

Uptown Normal

11 Uptown Circle, Normal, Illinois 61761


Half time @ Redbird Arena


Half time @ Redbird Arena

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Years Established

Contact Us

Studio: 107 E Chestnut St #100, Bloomington, IL 61701

Mailing Address: PO Box 3352, Bloomington, IL 61702-3352

Telephone: (309) 532-4272

Email: BreakingChains116@gmail.com