Physical Activity, Exercise and Fitness
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In keeping with today’s interest in health and fitness, the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) is pleased to make a wide variety of courses available to the community. Via a partnership with the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport, courses in dance, exercise, martial arts, and sport are available on a non-credit basis each semester.
Most courses meet on the University Campus. The registration confirmation you receive after registering will include course location and directions.
NOTE: To take these classes for personal interest as a non-credit student, you need not be enrolled in the University. You may follow the links and instructions on this page for additional information and to register. However, if you are seeking academic credit, you will need to enroll through your PAWS account.
Aerobic exercise is a physical fitness program that offers complete and effective conditioning. It involves jogging, jumping, lunging, kicking, and stretching to music.
The American Red Cross First Aid course is designed to help the citizen responder react in respiratory and circulatory emergencies and provide care in life threatening situations of cardiac arrest, shock, and bleeding. Course covers first aid for musculoskeletal injuries, sudden illnesses, and more.
This course is a complete first aid program with certification offered in Adult CPR and First Aid.
Instruction and practice in beginning swimming and water safety. You will have the opportunity to become more confident in and around water and have an opportunity to participate in an outstanding form of exercise.
Interested in learning self-defense techniques but are concerned that you may not be strong or aggressive enough to benefit from martial arts training? Then Aikido - a defensive, but effective Japanese martial art - is a must for you! Aikido emphasizes the use of natural movement, avoidance, off-balances and redirection of an attacker's force to overcome aggression. Aikido allows you to come to a peaceful resolution while causing the least amount of harm even if the opponent is larger and stronger than you.
This course is designed to provide students instruction in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: the Most complete, Most street effective, and Most successful martial art in the World. Made famous by the Gracie family and popularized in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art based on controlling and subduing a larger and stronger opponent through the use of superior techniques, leverage, and body mechanics. So, no matter your age, size, gender, or level of fitness, you can learn this Most practical and sophisticated martial art. In this fundamentals class, students will learn and practice positioning, escapes, submissions, and self-defense.
This beginning course in Shotokan Karate is based on a system of teaching that follows the principles of the Japan Karate Association. The principle aim of Shotokan Karate is a positive approach to others through respect, courtesy, integrity, and self-control. USA's karate program has been affiliated with Japan Karate Association (JKA) and Takayuka Mikami (9th Degree black belt, Senior Technical Advisor, JKA) since 1967.
This course is designed for students who have completed the beginner course in Shotokan Karate. The course expands the concepts of this traditional Japanese martial art. Training in the Heian and advanced katas (forms), intermediate and advanced techniques (kihon) is focused on improving conditioning, flexibility, speed, and power. This course takes the student into the higher levels for advancement in rank with the Japan Karate Association. Introduction to one step and semi-free sparring provides opportunities to improve self-defense ability.
The traditional Chinese martial art of Kung Fu places emphasis on body conditioning, coordination, flexibility, strength development and self defense skills. A variety of stances, kicks and strikes are practiced individually then combined in various forms which introduce coordination of stepping, blocking, striking and kicking. Kung Fu teaches reaction and fighting habits for self defense applications through practice of fighting form drills with a partner. The student develops a strong foundation of techniques as well as natural, fluid reactions which are later practiced in more advanced bare hand, weapon, and two-person forms.
Soo Bahk Do
Soo Bahk Do is a traditional Korean martial art with a history that spans 2000 years. It is a distinctly unique martial art that focuses on developing mind, body, and spirit to develop a functional capability in its practitioners through the practice of the combat oriented exercises. This training conditions the mind and body for the realities of unarmed self defense and provides for a high degree of personal awareness. As an art form, it focuses on form, theory and aesthetics. As a system of self defense, Soo Bahk Do has great practical applications. Through systematic instruction, Soo Bahk Do teaches step-by-step methods of utilizing your body’s energies in self defense.