PED125 Course Syllabus

Prerequisite: None 
Co-requisite: The desire to learn.

This course is designed to aid students in developing rudimentary skills in self-defense. Emphasis is placed on stances, blocks, punches, and kicks as well as physical and non-physical means of self-defense. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate basic self-defense techniques of a physical and non-physical nature. This course has been approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. 

Rationale of the Course
The object of this course is to increase awareness and equip the student with options or alternatives if ever confronted with a need for personal defense. Developing greater personal effectiveness in overcoming fear, hesitation, lack of confidence while using the appropriate techniques is also a primary goal.

Course Objectives
The student will:

  1. Demonstrate the rules of etiquette for the martial arts.
  2. Perform warm-up and cool down stretching techniques 
  3. Control mental faculties while under attack.
  4. Expand understanding about the nature and prevalence of violent behavior.
  5. Assess risk and vulnerability.
  6. Develop verbal and nonverbal skills for de-escalating a potentially explosive situation.
  7. Demonstrate and understand the confrontational continuum.
  8. Respond with appropriate physical tactics.
  9. List five vulnerable locations on the human body.
  10. Name and perform four kicks.
  11. Name and perform three of the six strikes.
  12. List five principles of physical defense.
  13. Define the defensive mind set.
  14. Demonstrate increased awareness of surroundings.
  15. Analyze ways to respond to a threatening situation.
  16. Demonstrate basic self-defense techniques.
  17. Develop physical fitness in the following areas:
         a. dynamic balance
         b. endurance
         c. strength
         d. power
         e. agility
         f. flexibility
         g. coordination
  18. Cultivate "gentle principles of life" which provide a way of life beneficial to mankind.  

Required Equipment
To participate safely in the class, the following clothing is required :

  1. Shoes: A good pair of athletic shoes, preferably cross-trainers or similar type shoes. Boots, sandals and street shoes are not acceptable. You will be required to go barefoot for parts of this course.
  2. Pants: Appropriate exercise clothing should be worn. Shorts are not permitted. The jogging pants should be loose fitting, and NO jeans or pants will be allowed. Belts to hold up pants will not be allowed.
  3. Shirts: Shirts should be able to withstand being pulled on. Sweat shirts are ideal for this course. Women should wear a t-shirt under their sweat shirt. NO shirts with derogatory script or pictures. 
  4. Martial Arts uniforms: Martial arts uniforms made from cotton or cotton-blend are ideal for this course but are not required. Uniforms made of materials other than cotton or cotton-blend will not be permitted. Uniforms should be white, black or blue. Other colors must be approved by the instructor. 
  5. The following items should NOT be worn to class:
         a. Jewelry of any kind except smooth wedding bands
         b. No watches or pierced ear or body rings

Self-Defense Steps to Success by Joan Nelson, (Leisure Press, 1991).

Self defense Continuum
Safety Tips (web resource)
Legal Issues and Considerations (web resource)
Use of force in defense of self or others, including justifiable homicide
Use of force in defense of habitation
Use of force in defense of property

This is a "hands on" class and you must be active to receive credit. Attendance is very important and will affect your grade. 

  1. One full grade drop after three (3) absences.
  2. Three (3) tardies constitutes one (1) absent.
  3. Six (6) absences will constitute FAILURE.

Absences will be excused for one of four approved reasons. 

  1. Student illness (requires physician's validation). 
  2. Death or major illness in a student's immediate family. 
  3. Participation in legal proceedings that require a student's presence. 
  4. Religious holy day. 

If an absence is excused, the instructor will provide the student an opportunity to make up tests, assignments and other work missed. If a student does not do the make up, then the absence will be considered unexcused.

A tardy is considered to be up to 10 minutes late after the class starts. After 10 minutes, the student is considered absent. 

Absences due to medical appointments or other personal matters are not excused. 

Grading Procedures
Grades are based on the number of points earned by each student. Points are earned in the areas of: attendance, mid-term and final exams, and skills tests.

Rules of Etiquette
As students of the Self Defense class the following rules and regulations must be followed while participating in class:

  • Chewing gum is prohibited in class.
  • Eating and drinking is prohibited in class.
  • Sitting down in class is prohibited unless given permission.
  • You must wear appropriate dress to participate in class.
  • Profanity will not be tolerated in class.
  • Jewelry of any kind should not be worn during class unless permitted by the instructor.
  • You must sign attendance sheet at beginning of class.
  • "Attitude problems," and disrespect to the instructor in any manner will not be tolerated.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to inform his/her instructor if they have a condition that may impair or influence participation in an activity class (e.g. physical handicap, allergies, use of medication, etc.). 
  • It is the responsibility of each student to return all issued gear by the end of the current semester. A final grade will not be submitted until all equipment is returned. After one semester if equipment is still not returned a charge will be assessed.

Contacting The Instructor
Office Hours: Before or immediately after class.
If a student cannot meet at the above times, please make arrangements with the instructor for another time.

Course Content
Each class will begin with formal greetings and group exercise. Specific activities will be practiced for the rest of scheduled class time.

Week 1: Introduction 
Discussion on how the course operates
Course maintenance items
Demonstration and discussion of warm up and 
cool down techniques

Weeks 2 & 3 Safety in the course
Falling techniques
Discussion on legal aspects of self defense
Discussion on principles of self defense

Week 4 Basic posture
Basic movements

Weeks 5 & 6 Basic strikes
Straight punch
Diagonal punch
Rear elbow
Front elbow
Back fist
Hammer fist

Week 7 & 8 Basic kicks
Roundhouse kick
Front thrust kick
Front snap kick
Front foot stomp
Rear foot stomp
Side kick
Knee strike

Week 9 Skills test and blocks
Mid-term skills test
Basic blocks and parries

Week 10 Basic releases/escapes
Front bear hug
Rear bear hug

Week 11 Releases
Lapel grabs
Hair grab
2-person grab

Week 12 & 13 Skills test
Take downs
Basic hip throw
Basic rear throw

Week 14 & 15 Ground control
Mat holds
Joint cock controls

Week 16 Course summation/evaluation. 
Skills test
General discussion
Personal safety
Course roundup

Phil Rasmussen

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