Instructor Certification: Requirements and Responsibilities

Instructor Certification Program Outline:
Components 1-5

 

Competencies

o   Demonstrate Clear Communication/ Public Speaking Skills

o   Demonstrate Clear Understanding of Program Materials

o   Demonstrate Ability to Communicate Program Materials and to Create a Clear Understanding of the Material in Participants

Instructor Level (IL)  Certified Instructors:  

Instructor Level 1 Certified Instructors can:

Teach Private Groups, such as Families, Social Groups, School Groups, Composed of Non-Victimized Students or At-Risk Groups

Lead Students Through IL  4-hour Workshops, 6-week and 8-week Extended Programs

Lead Students Through IL Designated Trust and Empowerment Exercises, such as Indexing Drills, IL Gauntlet (1 Attacker), and Simple Board Breaking

Lead Students Through Simple Adrenaline Stress Training Exercises, Using Only IL Certified Techniques

Instructor Level 1 Certified Instructors can NOT:

Teach Groups of Previously Victimized Students, At-Risk Groups, Groups In Conflict, Disabled Persons, and Other Such Special Needs Groups without further training

Teach Full Instructor or Higher Course Materials

Lead Students Through Full Instructor or Higher Trust and Empowerment Exercises

Lead Any Students Through Advanced Adrenaline Stress Training Exercises


Instructor Level Teaching Goals:

Personal Empowerment and Support

      • Instill a Sense of Trust in Self and In Related Family/ Friend Members Attending the Course
      • Create a Sense of Community Within Family, Friend, Social Groups
      • Define Difference Between Self-Esteem and Self-Worth and Increase Both Within Each Student

Intuition and Awareness

      • Identify Fear As a Positive, Intuitive Warning System
      • Define Dangerous Situations By Recognizing Commonalities Between Them (e.g.: abusive relationships, stranger-based, etc.)
      • Raise Daily Awareness Levels as a Preventative Measure
      • Define and Discuss Concentric Circles of Threat
      • Identify, Define, Understand, and Apply "Threat Levels" and "Assertive Responses" In a Scenario

Interview Process and De-Escalation

      • Define Non-Violent Communications and Teach NVC De-escalation Techniques for Use In Potentially Negative/ Dangerous Situations
      • Define the Similarities and Differences Between Passive, Assertive, and Aggressive
      • Define the Difference Between Response and Reaction
      • Identify, Define, Understand, and Apply "The Interview Process" In a Scenario

Adrenal Stress and Physical Defense

      • Teach Physical Defense Techniques and Lead Students Through a Successful Practice and Application of Each Technique
      • Review the Effects of Adrenaline Stress and Ensure that Students Understand the Physiological Changes that Their Bodies Will Undergo During the Adrenaline Dump
      • Define and Understand the Difference Between Anxiety and Fear, Including the Physiological Response and Emotional/ Environmental Triggers
      • Lead Students Through a Successful "Gauntlet" Experience, At Least Once Throughout the Course (Pending Available Time)

Instructor Level Certification Pre-Requisites:

  • Candidates Must Have Completed At Least One Related 4-hour ASSERT Workshop

  • Candidates Are Subject to an Interview Process and Background Check Prior to Being Accepted for Certification Instruction
  • Candidates Do Not Need a Martial Arts Background, Although One May Be Helpful

Instructor Level Certification Requirements:

  • Instructor Level Members Are Restricted to the Use Of Pre-Approved ASSERT Empowerment and Self-Defense Course Materials. The Course Cannot Be Altered Without Prior Consent From ASSERT Chief Training Officers (CTO)
  • Instructor Level Members Can Submit Suggestions and Requests to Amend/ Change Course Material to the CTO Via Email, Phone, or During Meetings or Continuing Education Classes, but NOT Make Direct Changes to Any Part of the Program.
  • Instructor Level Members Are Required to Maintain an Online Monthly Membership with ASSERT In Order to Obtain Updated Course Materials, Statistics, Information, and Technologies, as well as to Maintain ASSERT Branding Uniformity.

Available courses

Components and Levels (“Level” refers to depth of Component certification.):

  1. Stand-up Defense – Self-defense techniques from standing attacks or approaches. The Defender trains to avoid ground fighting. Verbal De-Escalation and PEKS Level competencies are taught together. All Levels include basic Verbal De-Escalation, Interview Process, and Police Reporting/ Legals information pertinent to the specific Level materials.
    • Verbal De-Escalation – Techniques to diffuse potentially violent, explosive, and/ or dangerous situation before having these come to a physical altercation.
    • Basic Palm, Knee, Elbow, Shin (PEKS) – Basic, physical standing defense techniques based on the Palm Strike, Elbow Strike, Knee Strike, and Shin Strike, focusing on targets designed to obtain maximal effect with minimal effort. Covers all basic goals, rules, and information.
    • Multiple Attacker – Advanced, physical standing defense techniques, expanding on the PEKS program, designed to address a multiple attacker situation.
    • Rapid Assault Tactics (RAT) - Military/ LEO/ Special Ops level Assault Tactics, based on standing techniques.
    • Interview Process – In-depth discovery and review of Predator Interview Process and Defender response/ re-interview techniques.
    • Police Reporting/ Legals – In-depth discussion of current Federal, State, and Local laws regarding crime, crime reporting, Defender reports of crimes and attempted crimes, witness techniques, and potential legal issues involving stand-up self-defense techniques covered.

Weapons - Self-defense techniques against and with weapons. Verbal De-Escalation and Edged Weapons Level competencies are taught together. Each Level includes more specific Medical information, specific to the weapon type. All Levels include basic Verbal De-Escalation, Interview Process, and Police Reporting/ Legals information pertinent to the specific Level materials.

  1. Verbal De-Escalation and Medical – Techniques to diffuse potentially violent, explosive, and/ or dangerous situation before having these come to a physical altercation. Plus, basic medical/ first aid information relating to each weapon category.
  2. Edged – Self-defense against and with edged weapons, including edged vs. empty hand, edged vs. edged, edged vs. blunt, and edged vs. improvised.
  3. Firearms - Self-defense against and with firearms, including pistol safety, firearm vs. empty hand, firearm vs. firearm, firearm vs. edged, firearm vs. blunt, and firearm vs. improvised.
  4. Blunt - Self-defense against and with blunt weapons, blunt vs. empty hand, blunt vs. blunt, blunt vs. edged, firearm vs. blunt, and blunt vs. improvised.
  5. Flexible - Self-defense against and with flexible weapons, flexible vs. empty hand, flexible vs. flexible, flexible vs. edged, flexible vs. firearm, and flexible vs. improvised.
  6. Improvised - Self-defense against and with improvised weapons, improvised vs. empty hand, improvised vs. improvised, improvised vs. edged, and improvised vs. firearm.
  7. Weapons RAT - Military/ LEO/ Special Ops level Assault Tactics, based on complete Weapons Component.
  8. Police Reporting/ Legals - In-depth discussion of current Federal, State, and Local laws regarding crime, crime reporting, Defender reports of crimes and attempted crimes, witness techniques, and potential legal issues involving weapons-based self-defense techniques covered.  

Ground - Self-defense techniques that address ground fighting. All Levels include basic Verbal De-Escalation, Interview Process, and Police Reporting/ Legals information pertinent to the specific Level materials.

  1. Prevention – Self-Defense Techniques designed to avoid being taken to the ground during an attack in order to facilitate escape, including Kino Mutai Techniques.
  2. Groundwork – Self-Defense Techniques designed to assist the Defender that is taken to the ground, protect themselves and find their way back onto a standing position that facilitates escape, including Kino Mutai Techniques.
  3. Multiple Attackers – Applies the information from Levels A and B to Multiple Attacker situations.
  4. Ground RAT – Military/ LEO/ Special Ops level Assault Tactics, based on complete Ground Component.
  5. Police Reporting/ Legals - In-depth discussion of current Federal, State, and Local laws regarding crime, crime reporting, Defender reports of crimes and attempted crimes, witness techniques, and potential legal issues involving ground-based self-defense techniques covered.

Anti-Bullying - Exploration and Discovery of Self-Defense, Self-Worth, and Self-Esteem Techniques, backed up by physical and legal defense against attacks, in regards to Bullying and Cyber-Bullying in schools, social groups, and work places. All Levels include basic Verbal De-Escalation, Interview Process, and Police Reporting/ Legals information pertinent to the specific Level materials.

  1. What is Bullying? -  Learn the Definitions of all terms (including Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, etc.), effects of bullying on the Defender, Lesson plan development and implementation, De-Sensitizing Hot Buttons, Identifying Stereo-types, Identify ways in which the media and society help to perpetuate Bullying mentality, and Redefining Self-image.
  2. Confidence Building and Verbal De-Escalation - Techniques to diffuse potentially violent, explosive, and/ or violent situation before having these come to a physical altercation. Confidence Building Techniques designed to re-define Self-Image, improve Self-Worth and Self- Esteem (when needed), and stress/ abuse coping techniques for use in conjunction with De-Escalation and during post event processing. Also includes community support techniques including: How to bear witness, how to stand up for those who cannot, how to identify our own Bullying tendencies and change them.
  3. Bullying Support for Parents – Techniques to instruct parents on ways to support and protect their children from Bullying.
  4. Physical Defense - Physical Self-Defense Techniques based on the PEKS Self-Defense material modified for age appropriateness.
  5. Interview Process - In-depth discovery and review of Predator Interview Process and Defender response/ re-interview techniques.
  6. School Reporting/ Police Reporting/ Legals - In-depth discussion of current Federal, State, and Local laws regarding crime, crime reporting, Defender reports of crimes and attempted crimes, witness techniques, and potential legal issues involving Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and  self-defense techniques covered.

Women’s Only (Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention)- Exploration and Discovery of Self-Defense, Self-Worth, and Self-Esteem Techniques, backed up by physical and legal defense against attacks, in regards to Rape and Sexual Violence (from aggravated assault to acquaintance rape to incest) in families, schools, social groups, and work places. All Levels include basic Verbal De-Escalation, Interview Process, Medical, and Police Reporting/ Legals information pertinent to the specific Level materials.

  1. Verbal De-Escalation and Medical - Techniques to diffuse potentially violent, explosive, and/ or dangerous situation before having these come to a physical altercation. Plus, basic medical/ first aid information relating to each weapon category. Because 85% of sexual violence/ assaults are perpetrated by someone the Defender knows, there is a strong focus on the Interview Process and the Defender’s ability to dissuade the Predator from completing the attack.
  2. Physical Defense - Physical Self-Defense Techniques based on the PEKS Self-Defense, basic Weapons, and Ground-fighting material modified for age appropriateness.
  3. Interview Process - In-depth discovery and review of Predator Interview Process and Defender response/ re-interview techniques. Because 85% of sexual violence/ assaults are perpetrated by someone the Defender knows, there is a strong focus on the Interview Process and the Defender’s ability to detect the Predator’s intent to attack as early as possible in the process.
  4. School Reporting/ Police Reporting/ Legals - In-depth discussion of current Federal, State, and Local laws regarding crime, crime reporting, Defender reports of crimes and attempted crimes, witness techniques, and potential legal issues involving Rape, Sexual Violence, and  self-defense techniques covered.

Home Defense – An exploration and assessment of Home Defense during Emergency, Home Invasion, and Home Hostage situations, including escape and defense plan development and implementation and age-appropriate discussions for each member of the family. All Levels include basic Medical and Police Reporting/ Legals information pertinent to the specific Level materials.

  1. Scenario-based, empty hand – Techniques for single/ family planning, environmental/ improvised weapons, escape plans, and home defense for use in homes in which there are no firearms in the home or are not accessible.
  2. Scenario-based, Simunition assisted - Techniques for single/ family planning, firearms use, environmental/ improvised weapons, escape plans, and home defense for use in homes in which there are firearms available in the home. Includes firearm safety.
  3. Escape planning, Strategy/ Tactics, Plan Assessment – In-depth exploration of strategy/ tactics, planning, and implementation as discussed in previous two levels.

Team-Building – Explores modifications to previously listed components designed to help bridge communication gaps, heal, facilitate cooperation, and team-build between groups of people involved in long-term relationships.

  1. Family – Includes techniques that specifically address family dynamics.
  2. Corporate – Includes techniques that address workplace hierarchical structures, peer-to-peer relationships, and multi-generational dynamics.
  3. Social Group – Includes techniques that address peer-to-peer and multi-generational dynamics.

Specialized Fields – Additional, specialized components designed to transform material or as enhancements to any or all previously listed components. The Non-Violent Communications Level can be taught as a stand-alone course.

  1. Previously victimized – Techniques designed to modify components to address the special needs of previously victimized participants.
  2. Children/ Families - Techniques designed to modify components to address the special needs of younger participants and their families.
  3. Differently Abled - Techniques designed to modify components to address the special needs of differently abled participants. 
  4. Non-Violent Communications – Techniques and methods designed for De-Escalation, improved communications, and facilitating reconciliation. 
  5. Empowerment – Techniques and methods designed to improve self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth in individuals and groups.