The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Leisure Skills Course Profiles

Martial Arts

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  • Aikido (LS 264)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces the modern Japanese martial art Aikido.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Learn the non-aggressive responses of Aikido

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    That muscle and winning is not the only answer

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Training without competing, adding discipline to their lives, learning that there are different ways to accomplish something.

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    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    Bokken (wooden swords), jo (wooden staffs) and other training tools

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    You will have fun!

    Other students have said…
    "Sensei taught not only how to be a better martial artist but a better person. In the dojo, he taught not only Aikido techniques but the philosophy behind it. His assistant, Doc, really nailed the finer points of the philosophy; this set Aikido apart from all the martial arts (at least for me, anyway)." (Fall 2010)

    Students can learn more about aikido at…
    www.aikidooflakekeowee.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    James Bartee

    Sample Syllabus

  • Hapkido (LS 266)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Introduces the fundamental skills and techniques of the self-defense based Korean martial art of Hapkido.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    I teach a little bit of all the traditional aspects in martial arts – sparring, kicks, punches, falling, forms, breaking boards, etc. Specifically, I teach the Korean art of hapkido, which combines strikes, throws, joint locks and pressure points into a very effective and practical self defense art.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    I want students to get a feel for what martial arts is all about and have fun doing it. That’s the basic goal, though they will also pick up some really useful skills and build their confidence in the process.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Learning how to take someone down with 1 finger, Breaking a 1 inch board with your bare hands, Being exposed to meditation for the first time.

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    The Leisure Skills department provides…
    We provide everything you need – mats, targets, bags, etc. You provide a willingness to learn and plenty of sweat.

    The instructor would also like students to know…
    ANYONE can learn to defend themselves effectively – you don’t need to be a beefcake or amazingly coordinated. Hapkido is excellent physical conditioning with a practical purpose – and it’s lots of fun to boot!

    Students can learn more about hapkido at…
    www.clemson.edu/~hapkido

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    Kelly Smith

  • Self Defense (LS 258)

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    The undergraduate handbook description of this course is…
    Basic physical defense that incorporates risk avoidance and awareness techniques with basic physical defense options.

    The instructor’s description of this course is…
    Learn simple and effective self-defense techniques.

    The most important thing students will learn in this class is…
    Learn 10-12 basic movements and techniques that you can quickly learn and use after you depart the class.

    The top highlights of this course are…
    Learning that you can survive, that you have it in you, and that you can actually do it.

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    The instructor would also like students to know…
    You will have fun!

    Students can learn more about self defense at…
    www.aikidooflakekeowee.com

    Instructors who may teach this course are…
    James Bartee

    Sample Syllabus