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Monday, March 7, 2011

What do Class Assistants Do?

IMPACT class assistants are an additional resource for women in the Core Program. They participate in creating an emotionally and physically safe environment in some of the ways listed below:
• Make sure the space is safe, such as clean and secure mats.
• Follow the lead of the female instructor.
• Project a warm, supportive demeanor.
• Exhibit competency and 100% commitment in scenarios, drills, and other physical work.
• Listen in a nonjudgmental way.
• Observe women on the line and in drill groups and notify instructors if anything is unusually stressful for a class participant.
• Videotape each mugging so that instructors can track the progress of each woman and the participants can see the development of their own self-defense skills.
• Keep records of any injuries in the class.

Class assistant leadership for course tasks
The female instructor is the team leader, but the suited instructors and class assistants also take leadership for different aspects of the course. Class assistants take leadership in:
Make sure a box of tissues (the symbol for the importance of feelings) is available
Post direction signs
Distribute, collect, and organize paperwork
Duct tape students with injuries
Make sure students' jewelry is removed
Write up injury records during class-if someone was injured and how
Video the scenarios
Set up TV/VCR for viewing
Set up and dismantle mats with the help of others
Wash mats first day of class and other times if needed
Duct tape mats if needed

Are you interested in becoming a class assistant? E-mail naomi@impactchicago.org to learn more!

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