IMPACT class assistants are an additional resource for the women in the class. They participate in creating an emotionally and physically safe environment in some of the ways listed below.
- Makes sure the space is safe, such as clean and secure mats.
- Follows the lead of the female instructor.
- Projects a warm, supportive demeanor.
- Exhibits competency and 100% commitment in scenarios, drills, and other physical work.
- Listens in a nonjudgmental way.
- Observes women on the line and in drill groups and notifies instructors if anything is unusually stressful for a class participant.
- Videotapes each scenario so that instructors can track the progress of each woman and the participants can see the development of their own self-defense skills.
- Keeps records of any injuries in the class.
Class assistant leadership for course tasks
The female instructor is the team leader, but the male instructors and class assistants also take leadership for different aspects of the course. To assist the women and the instructors, we ask that class assistants take leadership for making sure someone shows you how to do a task and once you know what to do, then you implement it.
Make sure Kleenex is available in circles
Do and distribute nametags
Distribute, collect, and organize paperwork
Provide duct tape for students with injuries
Ask participants to remove their jewelry
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
MET October 30, 2007