Time/Location: TR 10:00-10:50, ARC 249 (Martial Arts Room)
Office: MSB 3218, e-mail:
Note: This is a 10-day-drop course. The deadline to drop the
course is October 9.
Kokikai Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art which teaches coordination of
mind and body through self defense. We practice responding to a variety
of attacks with throws and joint locks. Our emphasis on balance and timing
enables us to minimize an attacker's power, making Kokikai ideal for people
of all sizes.
In the context of learning basic self defense techniques, the class also
teaches calmness, how to maximize your power, and how to fall and roll
without hurting yourself.
The class is designed to accomodate beginners, but practitioners of all
levels are welcome. If you enjoy practice, you are strongly encouraged to
continue the class over multiple quarters, as there are limits to how
much can be learned in a single quarter.
What this isn't
The following are not the focus of the class, and will arise at most
Getting a workout
Learning how to attack people
Competing in mixed martial arts
In addition, while the class is certainly oriented towards self defense, it
is a martial art. We learn a unified approach to self defense which can be
developed over years or even decades of practice. As such, you should
not expect a narrowly tailored self-defense course which focuses exclusively
on ideas that can be picked up in an hour or two of practice.
Each class will begin with a brief warmup, and exercises designed to teach
foundational concepts of Kokikai Aikido. We will spend most of the class
practicing various self-defense techniques. These will each be demonstrated
briefly by the instructor, and then practiced in partners, with the partners
alternating playing the role of the attackers and the role of the Aikido
practitioner. Class will frequently end with an additional exercise.
Student Learning Objectives
1. Learn basic self-defense techniques in response to several different
striking and grabbing attacks, and gain additional exposure to a wider
range of techniques.
2. Learn how to safely fall backwards from standing, and execute forward
rolls from crouching and standing, and backward rolls from crouching.
3. Learn the fundamentals of proper attack technique (in order to be able
to effectively and safely play the role of the attacker in partner practice).
4. Learn how to stay calm in the face of physical conflict, and how to
stand and move in such a way as to maximize our stability and strength.
Prior to the drop deadline, you may wear any comfortable and expendable
clothes. Later in the quarter, a martial arts uniform is required.
These can be purchased anywhere you like; I will also coordinate
a bulk order which will make it possible to buy a suitable uniform for
roughly $40. If you buy your own uniform, a judo gi or heavy karate gi
will work well, and white is the preferred color.
The class will be graded pass/no pass. Subject to meeting the uniform
requirement described above, the grade will be based on the following:
1. Attendance/participation: students are allowed three absences during
the quarter. In order to be counted as present, students must arrive
no more than 10 minutes late, and participate to the full extent of their
abilities. Anyone with more than 3 unexcused absences will receive a no pass
grade. However, to avoid spreading illness, if you are mildly sick, you are
encouraged to come to class and observe; this will not count as an
2. Written assignment: you will be required to keep a log with brief
descriptions of the self-defense techniques we practice during each
class, for submission on the final day of class.
This assignment is mandatory in order to receive a passing grade.
3. Quiz: you will have to take a 10-question quiz on Canvas, on basic
terminology and related concepts. You need to get at least 70% on the
quiz to pass the class, but you may retake the quiz multiple times until
this page to help you keep track of the
techniques we practice during each class.
You should keep a running log which lists class date, and for each
technique listed, the name and a description in your own words of how
it was done (including both the attack and the response to the attack).
You should only write log entries for the classes you actually attend.
Your log must be turned in during the final class meeting, on December
1. Arrive on time, and do not leave early.
2. Sign in.
3. Show respect towards one another and towards the instructor.
4. Take care to always practice within your and your partner's comfort
5. Questions are encouraged, but must not disrupt the class.
6. No food or drink in the class room, and no shoes on the mat.
There are risks and dangers inherent in participating in a PE activity
course. Injury resulting from participation is always a possibility in
physical activity. Carefully follow the instructor's guidance to minimize
the chance of injury to yourself and to others.
Please notify your instructor immediately if you become injured or ill, or
feel that should not participate in a certain activity.
Unless otherwise expressly indicated by the student, the assumption is that
the student is in good health and is capable of participating in all facets
of the physical activity related to this class.
You can find the new
Student Code of Academic
Conduct here. Although this is a PE class, I do expect you to be
fully honest in your participation and the above-discussed written
assignment and quiz.