Exercise, Sport and Health Education 310

I. Course Title: Self-Defense Applications (GE)

II. Course Number: ESHE 310

III. Credit Hours: 3 credits

IV. Prerequisites: None

V. Course Description: Introduces students to the self defense applications of Japanese karate and jujitsu; Korean taekwondo and hapkido; and Chinese kung fu and tai chi. The concept of the multicultural martial arts matrix will be employed.  Applications will be discussed for working with children in and out of K-12 settings.

Note(s): General Education Applied Learning designated course.

VI. Detailed Description of Content of the Course:

Lecture topics are supported by instruction in the physical skills of jujutsu, kung fu, and kali. During the first five weeks students are drilled in the fundamental stances and striking methods. The use of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean terminology is introduced. Basic stances, movement patterns, and rules of etiquette are emphasized. In this manner, the students develop an introductory level of skill while engaging in a training practice in which the Chinese/Japanese/Korean cultural values, pageantry, and rituals are performed.

VI. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course:

The primary method for delineation of information is lecture. The format is greatly enhanced by ample demonstrations and, when appropriate, simulated experience of both verbal and physical interaction skills. 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 cultural requirements governing the rules of play. Discussion and questioning follow situational scenario drills as students critically reflect about their encounters. Computer assisted technology is utilized to assist the students in networking information sources internationally. Use of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean terminology is presented. Role modeling and use of guest lectures, video performances are incorporated when appropriate.

VII. Goals and Objectives of the Course:

  1. Plan self-defense education lessons to be taught in a K-12 school setting.
  2. Chronicle how principles of self-defense and Asian culture can be used to teach K-12 students multicultural awareness.
  3. Think critically and creatively while engaging in carefully orchestrated scenario encounters which require them to choose appropriate responses from a variety of available reactions.
  4. Construct logical and persuasive arguments through questioning about cross-cultural analysis of self-defense skills in the employment of sport behavior representative of Asian societies.
  5. Employ a variety of research methods as they engage in the international and inter-cultural study of the institutionalized study of combat sport as it is presented in the Asian disciplines.
  6. Use online resources to provide information about martial arts and combative sports of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.
  7. Work together to solve problems presented by interactive writing assignments, small group projects, and ippon kumite (pre-arranged self-defense using two or more participants).
  8. Identify personal and cultural values required to arrive at appropriate and ethical decisions through use of Chinese/Japanese/Korean terminology and role playing which recreates the Asian method of self-defense requiring identification and utilization of martial art cultural values.
  9. Apply knowledge of diverse cultural components existent in the international Asian arts of self-defense through performance of simulated drills.
  10. Create a personal multicultural martial arts matrix.
  11. Select appropriate self-defense methods based on specificity of function.
  12. Apply the moral, legal, and ethical responsibilities in utilizing self-defense skills.
  13. Apply knowledge and skills to develop professional identity or professional practice in Self-defense and martial arts.
  14. Critically reflect on learning abilities, experiences, or role within professional contexts working in self-defense or martial arts

VIII. Assessment Measures:

Assessments include but are not limited to:

  1. Two written examinations.
  2. Situational analysis and scenario encounters (including critical reflections).
  3. Questioning, discussion, and in-class writing assignments.
  4. Research paper and oral presentation.


Other Course Information: None


Review and Approval

April 2006 Reviewed by Beverly Zeakes


June 20, 2015

March 01, 2021