How We Meet the CA Unified School District’s New Curriculum Standards

At IMPACT, we’ve been teaching self-defense since 1985, that’s all we do. You, however, have been teaching many different skills and sports for probably just as long. Our goal is to teach you the skills we know work in a way that is easy to incorporate into your curriculum and your style of teaching.

Our programs meet the STANDARDS BASED PHYSICAL EDUCATION Grades 9-12
Course 2: Content Areas (3 of 8)
1. Combatives- self defense and safety skills    2. Gymnastics and tumbling    3. Individual, dual, team sports

Standard 1: Students demonstrate knowledge of and competency in motor skills movement patterns and strategies needed to perform a variety of physical activities. 1.1- 1.12
Standard 2: Students achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance while demonstration knowledge of fitness concepts, principles, and strategies. 2.1-2.11
Standard 3: Students demonstrate knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity. 3.1-3.7

Self-Image and Personal Development: Goal 1: Human Growth and Development, Psychology, Aesthetics
Movement Skills and Movement Knowledge: Goal 2: Motor Learning, Biomechanics
Social Development: Goal 3: Sociology

“Physical education should continually support and interact with the other subject areas”. High School Course 2 combines concepts and skills of other subject areas, i.e. Health Education and Natural Science

Health Education: Expectation 3
“Students will practice behaviors that reduce the risk of becoming involved in potentially dangerous situations and react to potentially dangerous situations in ways that help to protect their health”.

Life Skills & Positive Behaviors
• Personal safety    • Assertiveness    • Decision making    • Refusal skills    • Resolution of conflicts    • Coping strategies

Importance of Physical Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Body System Awareness
• Effects of exercise    • Muscular strength    • Cardio respiratory endurance    • Flexibility    • Body composition

Natural Sciences Scientific Concepts
• Energy and forces    • Physics/motion, gravity    • Anatomy    • Biomechanics    • Exercise physiology

IMPACT Personal Safety curriculum meets the California State Standards 1-3 for High School Physical Education Course 2. In Combatives – Self defense, emphasis is placed on how to defend, not how to fight. The unit begins by students learning about potentially unsafe situations and how to identify and avoid them. Safety skills using observation and intuition and communication are the initial focus. Only after learning these safety skills are the students taught multiple ways to protect themselves from physical harm.

IMPACT Personal Safety offers instruction to students, satisfying state requirements for High School Physical Education Course 2. The class can be structured and taught as a single module, covering the specific content area of combatives-personal safety. It can be taught as a semester course covering the material more in depth and incorporating other subject areas, such as Health Education (personal safety) and the Natural Sciences.

Combatives – Self-defense/personal safety module teaches verbal strategies, and awareness and avoidance techniques. There is instruction on strategies for setting boundaries, identifying potentially dangerous situations, recognizing progressive stages of violence, trusting instincts and teaches physical skills for self defense. Students learn how to protect themselves in multiple ways, if they are attacked.

Combatives – Self-defense semester course covers the same information in depth. Other components of the semester class include appropriate communication and social interaction skills, teaches decision making, refusal skills, resolution of conflicts and coping strategies. Students have more time to develop physical strength and balance and a greater proficiency in their movement skills. Emphasis is placed on body awareness, optimum fitness and the importance of physical fitness. Students are encouraged to participate in physical activities outside of school.

Both the module and the semester class cover standards for education; self image, movement and social development. The activities promote leadership, teambuilding, cooperation and build self esteem. They encourage students to respect themselves and others and to value physical fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle.

We hope together we can provide the best self-defense training available for as many kids as possible.

There are several concepts that we employ as IMPACT instructors that facilitate efficient, powerful teaching.
•Layering information       •Leading through success       •Framing in the positive
•Emphasizing the physical experience (AKA keeping students out of their heads)

Our bodies were designed to protect themselves. All species have automatic responses to danger to keep them safe. Humans are the only species that second guesses their natural instincts; our training encourages the use of these innate tools.

Discussions, exercises, role-plays, and demonstrations are provided (in the workbook) and practiced (at your workshop) so you can provide the most realistic, age-appropriate, and gender-appropriate training possible.
•Verbal tactics used by the assailant      •Verbal strategies for the student      •Strangers and people we know

We believe and teach that walking away from danger is a success. We do not want our students to fight. We want them to recognize impending danger and get away before it actually affects them; or talk their way out of an uncomfortable situation; or set a boundary with someone who is inappropriate; we want them to become better communicators.

But we also believe that if all else fails, you must know how to fight for your life — no one else can protect you the way you can. So we teach you simple, effective skills and techniques that are easily conveyed to and practiced with students using pads and bags.

We also have the padded assailant available, should you want to add the final element of full-contact fighting to the curriculum.



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