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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 056 (GHA) Introduction to Martial Arts (1.5) A course designed to give students an introduction to martial arts, and the use of martial arts for lifelong fitness.

KINES 056 Introduction to Martial Arts (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. Martial arts training can be performed at any level across all ages. If done properly, martial arts training will promote comprehensive wellness while developing important lifelong motor skills. For many, the emotional and psychological benefits of martial arts training will be as rewarding as the physical improvements experienced.

Kinesiology 056 will introduce the student to the historical development and significance of the martial arts. Students will first learn supportive activities such as meditation and yoga, which will be used to optimally prepare the mind and body, respectively, for martial arts training. Once the students are mentally and physically prepared to begin training, they will begin to learn the traditional martial art Karate. After several weeks of training, the students will then begin to study the relatively newer and more passive martial art Aikido.

Ample time will be devoted to allow students to acquire an appreciation of and basic skill of both Karate and Aikido. In addition, students will learn proper "dojo" etiquette which will allow them to comfortably enter and train in any traditional martial arts dojo.

Throughout the semester, students will improve in physical fitness and learn how martial arts such as Karate and Aikido contribute to improved fitness and overall wellness. The basic principles of organizing, planning, and implementing a physical fitness program will be taught using martial arts training as a method of exercise. The fitness principles learned in class can be applied to any form of activity the student chooses. At the end of the course, the students will be invited to explore their personal health and fitness goals and how martial arts training may be incorporated into their lifelong fitness plan. Although the concept of "self-defense" will not be stressed in this class, some introduction to self-defense will be given, and it is likely that by the end of the course students will feel more physically confident in their ability to avoid and deal with conflict situations.

Various evaluation techniques will be used to assess individual progress in Kinesiology 056. These techniques will include (but are not limited to) conventional objective testing, skill testing, and writing assignments.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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