Aikido (1.5) Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and basic level of proficiency in the Japanese Traditional martial art of Aikido.
KINES 054 Aikido (1.5)
Martial arts have been practiced for centuries as a method of integrating mind, body and spiritual well being. While improving physical fitness and emotional health, martial arts have been the cornerstone of unarmed self-defense throughout the ages. Aikido is a relatively new Japanese martial art developed by a man named Morihei Ueshiba. Ueshiba sensei studied a variety of traditional martial arts and developed the style of Aikido in the early 1900's as a combination primarily of Dyto-ryu Jujitsu and a spiritual philosophy of promoting peace and harmony amongst fellow human beings. Aikido training can be performed at any level across all ages. If done properly, Aikido training will promote comprehensive wellness while developing important life-long motor skills. In this course students will explore the historical development and significance of Aikido and other martial arts. Students will learn a wide number of Aikido techniques in addition to improving physical health and fitness. Throughout the course students will learn to apply principles of Aikdio for self-defense and in everyday life. Ultimately students will learn the benefits of Aikido as a lifetime activity for health and wellness. Students will be evaluated using a standard percentage scale. Evaluation is based on attendance and active participation (60%); demonstration of acquired skills (20%), theoretical knowledge as measured by written exam (20%). One to three sections will be offered every fall and spring semesters with an enrollment of up to 24 students per section.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.