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Monday, March 10, 2014

Would You Be an IMPACT Chicago Class Assistant?

See below for expectations for IMPACT Chicago class assistants--a vital part of  IMPACT Chicago programs. If after reading these expectations, you are interested, please let Tara know at 773-561-9000 or info@impactchicago.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

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