The War Room is an online two week summer intensive program for LD debaters aiming to make you a more flexible debater with improved strategic vision. We believe that succeeding on the national circuit requires the ability to adapt to several argumentative styles and feel comfortable executing various strategies on the fly. Our curriculum pushes you out of your comfort zone, forcing you off the doc and teaching you to think about your arguments two steps ahead of your opponent. Whether you are a seasoned national circuit debater or a newcomer just getting started, our program will improve your strategic thinking and ability to answer and execute any strategy at will.
Our goal is to improve your own "war rooms" or pre-round prep by increasing your arsenal of arguments you feel comfortable reading, building depth on some of those options, and improving your strategic vision to know which tools to use at any given time.
To do that, The War Room takes a drill-centered approach to camp, building these skills through daily practice. We will drill a vide variety of arguments while giving students the flexibility of deciding which arguments to build depth in. Lectures are meant to supplement your ability to execute and make decisions in round.
Our first podcast highlights Michael Kurian, who will be a lab leader.
Our second podcast highlights Aimun Khan, who is the curriculum director and will be a lab leader.
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"Being mentored by Aimun has been critical to my success in debate. When I met him as an 8th grader, I knew almost nothing about the activity. From helping me win rounds as opposed to arguments, to enhancing my strategic vision, to introducing me to debate concepts, to engraining in me the mindset necessary to take on tough opponents, working with him has made improvement quicker and simpler. While many instructors can teach you what to say against a given position, Aimun’s unique pedagogical approach emphasizes the development of a broader strategic vision that goes beyond individual arguments."
Plano East '21
2019, 2020 LD TOC Qualifier
“Elmer is an incredible strategist. With only two days before the TOC, he took me from a 2-4 debater to a quarterfinalist. He was more than willing to call for several hours, and come up with the best strategies all free of pay, and out of the good of his heart. I think perhaps the greatest reason Elmer’s advice is good is because he doesn’t just do all the work himself and give you a doc to read, but instead gives you all the tools necessary to put ideas together into your own work. This, coupled with an extensive background knowledge, Elmer makes an incredible asset!”
Strake Jesuit '21
2020 LD TOC Quarterfinalist
“Elmer Yang has been the catalyst to my improvement in debate. His coaching has led to me going from barely qualifying to TFA state junior year to winning locals and qualifying for the TOC senior year. He specializes in knowing not only how to bring out your strengths but is an expert at targeting your weaknesses. Elmer thinks about debate at a deeper and more nuanced level than most and he’s an expert at tying flows together in a cohesive story. I highly recommend working with him as even a few weeks under his training can bring months worth of improvement.”
2020 Policy TOC Qualifier
"Aimun is one of the best strategists I have met during my time in the activity. Many coaches’ teaching skills are limited by the weaknesses they had as debaters, but Aimun is able to tailor his coaching style to the specific interests of any student in any style or format. He is also extremely skilled at anticipating and preempting opponent strategy, which eventually helped me develop my own strategic vision. Without Aimun, my success in debate would not have been possible."
2018 LD TOC Qualifier
The War Room is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students free of discrimination and harassment. The War Room will operate on a zero tolerance policy with regard to any form of discrimination or sexual harassment and will promptly investigate all allegations. Any staff member or student found to have harassed another will face immediate disciplinary action and removal from our camp. All complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment will be taken seriously and treated with respect and in confidence.
Discrimination is unwelcome conduct based on any individual’s identity which makes a person feel offended, humiliated, and/or intimidated. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated, and/or intimidated. It includes verbal harassment and non-physical situations which create an environment which is hostile, intimidating, and humiliating for the recipient. Anyone can be a victim of sexual harassment, regardless of the gender of any involved parties. Examples of conduct or behaviors which constitute misconduct include, but are not limited to:
Verbal conduct, such as:
Anyone who experiences a situation that makes them feel unsafe may contact Aimun Khan, Michael Kurian, or Sanika Phanse anonymously through a channel sent out to all students and staff members at the beginning of camp. All complaints will be investigated and reviewed by Sanika, who will function as our third party investigator if an allegation occurs. The individual making the complaint will be asked if they would wish to break anonymity and have a discussion to detail their account beyond a description provided anonymously. They will also be asked if they would like our aid in reporting the occurrence to law enforcement. Irrespective of whether the individual chooses to break anonymity, all discussions and communication pertaining to the complaint will be in confidence. Sanika will make a decision in regard to the removal of the accused party from the camp based on her investigation.
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