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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 059 (GHA) Introduction to Karate (1.5) A course designed to give students an understanding of and a proficiency in Karate.

KINES 059 Introduction to Karate (1.5)

KINES 059 will involve the training in the philosophy, principles and techniques of Karate for self-defense, improvement of overall fitness and to give a greater understanding of the art and themselves. This course will involve physical aspects of Karate including blocking, punching, striking, kicking and body shifting techniques in correct stance and the application of these techniques against an opponent. The course will also introduce the mental aspects of Karate illustrating the ideals of "the way" (including principles such as character, concentration, self control, manners and self discipline) and how they can be applied in everyday life to benefit themselves and society, this will be achieved through meditation and training. There are three primary components of Karate training; fundamentals (basics), sparring and Kata or forms. The basic techniques consist of blocks, punches, strikes, kicks and combinations of these techniques in correct stance or body position. Sparring can take one of three forms; single step, controlled multi-step sparring and free sparing. Only the second form (both controlled and non-contact) is taught in this introductory class. The third component, kata, consists of a series of predefined blocking, striking and kicking techniques performed by an individual and used to simulate defense against multiple opponents. The forms are used to perfect the fundamental techniques to teach balance and timing of techniques so that they then may be applied to sparring. Throughout the semester students will improve in physical fitness and learn how Karate contributes 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 student will be invited to explore, through a term paper, their personal health and fitness goals and how karate training may be incorporated into their lifelong fitness plan. Although some concepts of "self-defense" are discussed in this class it is not given a priority. However, 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. Since Karate is one of the most widely practiced martial arts in the world, the students will also be able to continue their training in Shotokan though either the Penn State Club or at any other club around the world. They will also be given the opportunity to sit a formal grading examination (through a world class examiner), which will hold rank within Karate anywhere in the world, thus acknowledging their abilities gained in this course. This formal ranking is completely at the student's discretion and will not be required for credit toward Kinesiology 059. Frequency of enrollment: One to three 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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