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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 057 (GHA) Personal Defense (1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and a proficiency in martial arts and self-defense.

KINES 057 Personal Defense (1.5)

The term "martial art" is used in western idiom to describe a wide variety of Asian self defense systems. Some of these combat systems evolved in civil settings as methods for physical development, personal self defense, and sport. Taekwond is perhaps the best example today because of its role in the Olympic Games. This unarmed method evolved in Korea and it can be traced back to the koguryo dynasty, founded 2000 years ago through the study of the ancient Korea and its history.

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 life-long motor skills. For many, the emotional and psychological benefits of martial arts training will be as rewarding as the physical improvements experienced.

KINES 057 introduces the student to the historical development and significance of the marital arts. Students first learn supportive activities such as relaxation and breathing techniques, which will be used to optimally prepare the mind and body, respectively, for marital arts training. Students start applying mental discipline into the acquired techniques as soon as they learn it and practice it throughout the semester.

Throughout the semester students improve in physical fitness and learn how personal self defense, such as taekwondo and Aikijujitsu, 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 students chooses. At the end of the course the student will be invited to explore their personal health and fitness goals and how martial arts training may be incorporated into their lifelong fitness plan. It is likely that by the end of the course students will feel more physically and mentally confident in their ability to avoid and deal with conflict situations.

Various evaluation techniques will be used in KINES 057. The techniques will include (but are not limited to) conventional objective testing, skill testing, journaling and other writing assignments.

The department plans to offer up to three sections of this course every fall and spring semester with a maximum enrollment of 30 students per section.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2004

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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