Becoming an Impact Instructor

Instructors are the backbone of Impact Bay Area. They provide the vital training that makes Impact so unique. It takes at least 100-150 hours to complete our Instructor Training Program.

Becoming an Impact Self-Defense Instructor is demanding emotionally and physically, and is very rewarding for those with a passion to make a positive change in our society. An understanding of (or willingness to learn about) violence and trauma is a must. We are especially interested in hiring diverse, multi-lingual people and we're specifically looking for individuals available to instruct mid-week (year-round).

The first step in becoming an instructor is taking a Basics class - sign up here if you haven't taken our adult Basics class.

The next step is to sign up as an instructor assistant - sign up here to become an assistant if you're already a Basics grad.

Contact Lisa Scheff lisa@impactbayarea.org to sign up for our 2012 Instructor Training  - it's coming up in June.

"Whistle" Self-Defense Instructor (Flexible Part-Time)

Instructors model techniques including verbal and physical self-defense for students. They facilitate group discussions and provide individual feedback and support to our students. They coach students during the fights and communicate with the suited instructor(s) to ensure that each student has a safe and productive experience in class.

We are looking for individuals who are committed to ending the cycle of violence through teaching practical, full-force self defense, personal safety and empowerment. The training program, including all materials, is provided free-of-charge to qualified instructor candidates and usually takes about 6-9 months (part-time) to complete. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Lisa Scheff at lisa@impactbayarea.org.

"Suited" Full-Force Self-Defense Instructor (Flexible Part-Time)

suited_instructors.jpgImpact Bay Area is currently expanding its pool of Impact-trained padded-suit instructors.

Suited instructor candidates will be selected to begin a 100+ hour professional development/ training program. The training program, including the $1400 padded suit, is provided free-of-charge to qualified instructor candidates and usually takes about 6-9 months (part-time) to complete. All training is conducted on a volunteer basis. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Lisa Scheff at lisa@impactbayarea.org.

Required Qualifications for ALL Instructors include:

  • Graduate of the Basics course (training can start prior to completion of this course)
  • 2+ years work or volunteer experience with adults, teens, and/or youth populations
  • Demonstrated ability to respond appropriately to highly emotional or crisis situations
  • Demonstrated comfort in dealing with survivors of physical, sexual and emotional trauma
  • A willingness to explore own issues involving boundaries, empowerment, and violence in society
  • Physical fitness, defined as the ability to stand for long periods of time, not fatigue easily and be able to lift 40 lbs
  • Must be able to verbally and physically demonstrate self-defense techniques
  • Demonstrated interest in personal safety and violence prevention
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize information and use feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to both attend to individuals and be responsive to group needs
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated self-awareness & self-confidence
  • Demonstrated ability to teach/train/facilitate
  • Demonstrated understanding of professionalism and personal responsibility
  • Reliable, regular access to email communication and to transportation

Preferred Qualifications for ALL Instructors include:

  1. Schedule flexibility (days, nights or weekends)
  2. Curriculum development experience
  3. Professional work experience in violence prevention, violence/sexual assault or trauma-related fields
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