Full Release & Waiver of Liability Agreement for Missouri City, Missouri City Parks & Recreation Department, the Houston Kenshikan, Cougar Kendo, the Southern U.S. Kendo & Iaido Federation and the All U.S. Kendo Federation.
I/We fully understand and acknowledge that:While Kendo, Iaido and related activities are some of the safest martial arts presently practiced, as with any athletic endeavor or sport, there is the risk of injury. Further, while the Instructors and Seniors providing guidance will always endeavor to provide the safest instruction possible, there is always the possibility of misunderstandings and miscommunication that could result in injury. It is highly recommended that you consult with your physician prior to initiating practice to ensure that you are healthy enough to participate in the activity.
Further, I hereby agree to abide by the commands and instructions of the Instructors, officials, Officers, and Staff, and I understand that their decisions regarding all issuesinvolved in the practice of the martial arts and associated activities are final and binding on me.
I also understand that here may be other risks not known nor reasonably forseeable at this time, and I undertake the practice Kendo, Iaido and related activities with this clear understanding.
By signing this form, I am representing I am a member of good standing with the All United States Kendo Federation, my regional federation, and my Dojo.
I accept and assume such risks and responsibility for the losses and/or damages following any injury, disability, paralysis or death, however caused and whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the Releasees named herein.
I HEREBY acknowledge that martial art activities are dangerous and involve the risk of serious injury, paralysis and death. In addition, I could incur significant medical, social and/or economic damages as a result of incurring any such serious injury, paralysis or death.
I HEREBY WAIVE AND RELEASE ANY AND ALL FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND INSTRUCTORS FROM ANY AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ACTIONS, INACTIONS, INCLUDING ANY FUTURE NEGLIGENCE, THAT COULD RESULT IN INJURY TO MYSELF OR ANY MINOR CHILD FOR WHO I AM PARENT OR GUARDIAN. I ASSUME ALL RISKS FROM ANY MARTIAL ARTS ACTIVITIES I PARTICIPATE IN AT THIS EVENT. IN ADDITION, I UNDERSTAND THERE COULD BE A THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COMMUNICABLE SICKNESS/DISEASE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO COVID-19 AND I RELEASE ALL PARTIES AND PERSONS FROM ANY LIABILITY FOR THIS POSSIBLE EXPOSURE.
Sexual Misconduct DefinedTouching or non touching sexual behaviorNon-consensual or forced, coerced or manipulated, or perpetuated in an aggressive, harassing, exploitative or threatening manner
Sexual Harassment DefinedConduct that creates and inappropriate or hostile environment Repeatedly making sexually oriented comments, jokes, or innuendosUnwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature From viewpoint of victimLegal: For adults. For minors, it’s assault.
Sexual Assault DefinedAttempted rapeUnwanted touching of victimForcing victim to perform sexual actsRape
Sexual AbuseAny sexual activity with a minor & consent cannot be givenSexual activity between adult and minor is always abuseSexual contact between minors may be sexual abuse: Aggressor, Age disparity, Imbalance of power, Intellectual capabilities
Acts of Sexual AbuseTouching and nontouching offensesNontouching: discussing sex, showing porn, sending sexually explicit messages
Sexual Abuse FactsVictims know their abusers over 90% of the timeCriminal background checks only ID people with a recordLess than 10% are caught or prosecutedOffenders are highly qualified, intelligent, patient, good interpersonal skills, positive self imageRed flags: groom or prepare their victim with attention, affection and gifts
GroomingStages: Targeting a victim, gaining trust, recognizing and fulfilling needs, isolating the victim, sexualizing the relationship, maintaining control1 Targeting: looking for a vulnerability2 Gaining trust: trust is automatic to victim and those around the victim3 Recognizing and fulfilling needs: attention, positive reinforcement, helping them in different ways4 Isolating the victim: told there is a special relationship, told some secrets, offender is the only one who understands them, offender finds way to separate victim from others5 Sexualizing the relationship: accomplished after breaking down of psychological and physical barriers, like accidental showing nudity, showing porn, touching the victim 6 Control: maintain secrecy
Minimizing Sexual MisconductAbuse may occur in common areas: locker rooms, bathrooms, unmonitored areas, unsupervised contact at a residence, social events involving alcohol, events, overnight travelPrivate meeting: have the door open/visible to others, have a witnessDo not assume everyone you meet is a good person Use the buddy system at eventsDon’t drink alcohol to the point you cannot think before you say or act
Changing ClothesAlways have 2 adults with a minor, even when adjusting a minor’s uniformAdults change separately from minors
AuthoritySeniors do not do anything that could be an abuse of power/taking advantage of a junior.Sexual relationship between adults may be legal, but may be inappropriate Relationship may impact entire Dojo Inform Sensei & Dojo officers of relationship Any issues may result in expulsion from the Seminar
ConsequencesCriminal & Civil liability for the OffenderCivil liability for the DojoThe Dojo may not survive: members will quit, we lose our facility