Exercise, Sport and Health Education 262

ESHE 262: Introduction to Asian Martial Arts.

Credit Hours: (3) Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory

Survey of Asian martial arts concepts and cultural interpretations for self defense, defesnive tactics, and personal protection.  Introduction of international issues, rituals, values, and performance of major escapes, locks, holds, counters, and defense against weapons.

Note(s): Humanistic or Artistic Expression designated course.


Detailed Description of Course

Students are introduced to the concepts of martial arts including the following:


1. Comparing the Study of Martial Arts in Asia and the US
2. International issues for performance of self defense
3. Value clarifications in the Study of Defensive Tactics
4. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Theories on Combat Sport
5. Recognizing the appropriate language and terminology for each art
6. Understanding the global significance of self-defense methodology
7. How Culture is reflected in Asian National Combat Sports
8. Immobilization as a Form of Counter Attack
9. Direct Angles for Attack and Defense
10. Indirect Attacks
11. Broken Rhythm Engagements
12. Internal versus External Systems of Defense


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The primary method for delineation of information is lecture. The lecture format is enhanced by ample demonstrations and, when appropriate, simulated experience. Through the use of carefully orchestrated scenario encounters students are afforded the opportunity to act out actual situations requiring both spontaneous decision making and awareness of requirements governing personal protection, defensive tactics, and self defense. Use of writing assignments, class discussion, guest lectures, and video performances are incorporated when appropriate.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed this class, the students shall:

  • engage in scenario encounters which require them to think critically and creatively as they communicate appropriate responses to aggressive behavior;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of cultures, including Japanese, Chinese and Korean and American, through participation in Asian martial arts;
  • use the Internet to identify and report on web sites which provide information about martial arts history and practice of China, Japan, etc.;
  • work together to solve problems presented in small group projects and pre-arranged self defense using two or more participants;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify Asian cultural values required to arrive at appropriate and ethical decisions in self defense;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the martial element and socio-cultural heritage of Asian martial arts concepts including karate, tae kwon do, kung fu and escrima through performance of simulated drills;
  • demonstrate the use of appropriate Asian terminology/language when identifying selected physical skills;
  • demonstrate the ability to recognize a variety of martial arts techniques including kicks, punches, blocks, mobility drills, kata, and one-step engagements from various arts;
  • identify and discuss important global issues that stem from the use of force in self defense;
  • demonstrate the ability to respond to attacks from unarmed assailants;
  • demonstrate the knowledge of laws and ethical use of force pertaining to personal use of self defense skills; and
  • construct logical and persuasive arguments that serve as deciding factors in the performance of self defense and how use of appropriate force is judged in a diversity of cultures both within and beyond the United States.

This course is has been approved for General Education credit in the area of International and Intercultural Studies. General education credit specific goals are listed below:


1. Think critically and creatively both within and across academic disciplines for the purpose of constructing logical and persuasive arguments. (Refer to numbers 1 and 12 in objectives stated above).
2. Employ a variety of research methods, tools, and styles or inquiry to gather and organize information and to solve problems.( Refer to number 3 in above stated objectives).
3. Read, write, speak, and listen effectively within and across a variety of social and professional contexts.( Refer to numbers 1, and 10 in above stated objectives).
4. Develop an awareness of self that provides a foundation for responsible and principled personal behavior.( Refer to numbers 10 and 11 in above stated objectives).
5. Identify the diverse values that shape decisions in public, professional, and private life, and assess the ethical implication of those decisions.( Refer to numbers 5,9 and 11 in above stated objectives).
6. Work cooperatively with others in a shared process of inquiry and problem-solving.( Refer to number 4 in above stated objectives).


Assessment Measures

Student learning will be assessed through one or more of the following methods:

  • Written Examinations
  • Situational Analyses and Scenario Encounters
  • Questioning, Discussion, and In-Class Writing Assignments
  • Research Paper and Oral Presentation


Other Course Information


Review and Approval

April 2006 Reviewed by Beverly Zeakes

March 01, 2021