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Description: This class is an introduction to the Korean martial art of Hapkido, which means “the way of coordinated power”. Hapkido techniques include rolls, falls, kicks and jump kicks, strikes, blocks, joint locks and manipulations, throwing, grappling, sweeps, pressure points, and meditation.

Purpose: To have fun, get a workout, and get a very basic introduction into martial arts in general, and Hapkido in particular.

What to wear: Loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. Bare feet only on the mat: no shoes or socks. If you wish to purchase a uniform, visit the Hapkido club. Please take off or safely bandage any jewelry, piercing, etc. Also, since you will be working with a partner (at times rather closely) maintain your personal cleanliness. Especially keep your finger- and toe- nails trimmed and clean.

Grading standards: There are three possible grades for the class: Pass, No Pass, or Incomplete.
You get a passing grade if you miss 3 classes or fewer (except the final class). Otherwise, you will get a No Pass. I will only give an Incomplete for a good, documented reason (such as advice from a physician). The most common reason students receive a “No Pass” is that they don’t bother to drop the class. In addition, technical and tactical skill development is assessed and supported throughout the quarter.

I will excuse absences for a good reason if you let me know in advance (preferably by e-mail). Otherwise, a missed class can be made up by a 2-page paper about some aspect of martial arts. You cannot makeup more than 3 classes.

The final for the class is on the 2 last days of class (Monday, June 3rd & Wednesday, June 5th) – you must attend those classes to pass.

Attendance and Makeup must be marked by me to be counted. You may check about your attendance at any time. It is your responsibility to notify me of any discrepancies.

There are risks and dangers inherent in participating and/or receiving instruction in a PE 1 activity course. Injury resulting from participation is always a possibility in physical activity. Please carefully follow the guideline provided by your instructor and adhere to any rules established by the instructor. Please notify your instructor immediately if you become injured or ill, or feel that you shouldn’t participate in a given 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.

Class format: We will warm-up, do light aerobics, stretching, etc. before proceeding into the days’ lesson. This is for your own protection: a proper warm-up will reduce the risk of injury. We will be working with a partner for many techniques; always introduce yourself. You should take care of each other. I will demonstrate techniques – go easy the first time through. There are different sanity levels in class. You don’t have to do everything I do! Stay in your own comfort zone – it’s okay to try new and unusual things, as long as you have fun and are safe.

Material: This class can move quickly, even for people with previous martial arts experience. If you have questions about a technique, please ask! One of the goals for this class is for you to learn some practical techniques that you can use. This requires practice and understanding of what you are trying to accomplish. Martial arts are not just physical skill. Approximate timeframe of material:

Weeks 1-3: Groundwork

Weeks 4-6: Throws and takedowns

Weeks 7-9: Strikes, kicks, and wrist techniques 
Week 10: Combinations and Review