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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 058 (GHA) Judo I (1.5) Kinesiology 058 will help students develop stamina, confidence and discipline, and promote general fitness through the introduction to basic Judo.

KINES 058 Judo I (1.5)

Kinesiology 058 will help students develop stamina, confidence and discipline, teach self-defense, and promote general fitness through the introduction of basic Judo. Developed in Japan in 1882, Judo has quickly spread across the globe and won approval as a modern sport. Judo became the first activity of Asian origin to be accepted as an Olympic event in 1964. Women's Judo was admitted to the Games as a full medal event in 1992. Judo, "the gentle way," is the modern day form of the ancient Japanese Jujitsu. The art is based on the principle of using the opponent's own strength to put him or her off balance, using minimum effort for maximum efficiency. Judo was initially developed by Professor Jigoro Kano, whose techniques were refined to form a combative system that demonstrates the superiority of techniques over mere strength. Although Judo is a martial art, students need not fear physical injury due to enrollment at Kinesiology 058. Judo I covers fundamental falling, throwing and grappling techniques. More dangerous techniques, such as choking and arm locks, are reserved until students have demonstrated satisfactory command of more basic skills. Kinesiology 058 is not simply aimed at introducing students to basic Judo. Judo instruction at Penn State encourages fitness by incorporating a brief session of physical conditioning into each class in an effort to augment the aerobic workout and prevent injuries. Each student is also asked to learn basic terms and some general history of the sport of Judo. Facilities/Class periods - held in the IM Building Combat Room - begin with stretching and generally continue with a series of technique demonstrations, form practices and free workout. Class concludes with conditioning and cool-down exercises. Frequency of enrollment: Two sections every fall and spring semesters with a maximum of 30 students per section.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2003

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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