Exercise, Sport and Health Education 310

ESHE 310: Self-defense Applications

Credit Hours: (3) Three hours lecture/laboratory

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.


Detailed Description of Content of 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.

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 write 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.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Plan self defense education lessons to be taught in a K-12 school setting.
2. Understand how principles of self defense and Asian culture can be used to teach K-12 students multicultural awareness.
3. Demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively as they engage in carefully orchestrated scenario encounters which require them to choose appropriate responses from a variety of available reactions.
4. Demonstrate the ability to 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. Demonstrate the ability to 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. Demonstrate the ability to use the worldwide web to identify the report on web sites which provide information about martial arts and combative sports of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.
7. Demonstrate the ability to 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. Demonstrate the ability to 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. Demonstrate a knowledge of diverse cultural components existent in the international Asian arts of self defense through performance of simulated drills.
10. Demonstrate a knowledge of a personal multicultural martial arts matrix.
11. Demonstrate the ability to select appropriate self defense methods based on specificity of function.
12. Demonstrate an understanding of the moral, legal, and ethical responsibilities in utilizing self defense skills.

Assessment Measures

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

Other Course Information

Review and Approval

April 2006 Reviewed by Beverly Zeakes


June 20, 2015