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Aerial Silks

Learn the art of silks acrobatics just like what’s performed in Cirque du Soleil. This unique activity helps develop core strength, endurance and flexibility.
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Aikido

Learn the fundamentals of ‘The Way of Harmony’ or increase your knowledge of this sensible model of dealing with conflict. Improve your focus of centering yourself and quick response while learning the important aspects of defending yourself.
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Aqua Fitness

Workout in the water! Aqua fitness classes focus on aerobic endurance and are a great form of resistance training.

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Archery

Classes vary from beginners to an open practice with coaching, or even a 10 time pass that allows you to drop-in on workouts.
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Badminton

Learn the skills, footwork, technique and strategy with practice time for this fast paced sport.
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Basketball

This intro class will focus on the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling and footwork.
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Boxing

These classes focus on conditioning and training techniques used by the pros to improve speed, balance and endurance. There are beginning and more advanced classes offered in both coed and women’s only formats.
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn the fundamentals or improve upon your own abilities to effectively utilize these ground fighting and grappling methods. Increase your knowledge of self-defense by practicing chokes, arm locks, shoulder wrenches and much more!
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CPR & First Aid

The safety class curriculum includes Red Cross certified courses in: CPR/AED & First Aid, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, and Recertification test for CPR/AED & First Aid. The basic CPR/AED & First Aid classes, required by many employers, take six hours to complete with the certification valid for two years.
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Capoeira

Learn the basics or improve your skills in this Brazilian combination of self-defense, dance, music , and acrobatics. Increase your ability to protect yourself while also getting a full body workout.
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Diving

Learn the basics of diving from a board. The 3-step approach along with the pike, tuck, and back dives will be covered.
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Employee Wellness

FitLife serves UC San Diego employees with our FitLife Mobile, FitLife Occupational, FitLife Health and WorkStrong programs.
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Fencing

Footwork and bladework basics are taught using the foil. Acquire a hands-on perspective of how to make basic attacks, core defenses and use footwork within a basic bout.
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Golf

Enjoy this lifetime sport at Sorrento Driving Range.
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Graduate Student Personal Wellness

Learn how to fit your workouts into a busy grad student schedule. Get maximum results in the shortest possible time. 8 week FREE program specific to graduate students.
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Gymnastics

Learn the fundamentals of tumbling, cartwheels and handstands or improve on existing tumbling skills with the help from trained instructors. Increase your balance, flexibility and strength while enjoying the fun of the art of gymnastics.
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Hapkido

Learn the fundamentals or improve your abilities in this eclectic Korean martial art. Increase your ability to kick, punch and throw while having fun in this friendly environment.
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Iaido

Learn the basics or increase your skills in this art of Japanese swordsmanship. Become skilled in wielding your sword while also learning the ways of this historic self-defense.
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Jeet Kune Do

A mixed martial arts style that intertwines Filipino Kali, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, French Savate and Indonesian martial arts.
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Judo

Learn the basics or increase your skills in this martial art and Olympic sport. Learn the principle of flexibility in the application of throwing, grappling, falling and submission techniques.
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Karate

Learn the fundamentals or increase your abilities in kata and kumite. Increase your balance, form and self-defense while learning this ancient art-form.
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Kendo

Learn the basics or improve your skills in this Japanese Way of the Sword. Improve your footwork and motions  while learning the art of the Samurai.
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Kobudo

Improve your knowledge of this classical Okinawan form of weapons combat. Learn how to wield smaller weapons at first and then move onto more difficult weapons as you increase your discipline.
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Kung Fu

Introduce aspects of this martial art or improve upon existing skills while learning the ways of this ancient method of self-defense. Increase your self-discipline and body-strength while learning grappling techniques and hand-to-hand combat.
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Lifeguard Training

This American Red Cross Course provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain the industry standard lifeguard certification used by most public and private aquatic facilities in California. The certification includes Lifeguard Training, First Aid/CPR/AED and is valid for 2 years. This program also offers a 3-hour recertification course for Lifeguard Training certification ready to expire.
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Martial Arts

The Rec Class Martial Arts program includes classes in 25 traditional art forms derived from Brazil, China, Japan, Korea as well as more modern hybrid arts that bring a more Western approach to the martial arts practices. There are also a number of martial arts that are competitive in nature and represent UCSD in collegiate tournaments and events, which are housed under the moniker of “Combatives Teams”.
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Modern Arnis/Escrima

Learn the basics or increase your abilities in this comprehensive Filipino martial art. Introduce concepts of power and speed while learning weapon and empty hand applications.
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Muay Thai

Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand, is known for its direct applications of elbows and knees. Classes will include boxing, kicking, as well as defensive techniques. Throws and trips will be covered; conditioning will be a primary focus.
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Racquetball

Learn and improve the correct approach to forehands, backhands, scoring, serving and strategy in our beginning level class then advance to fine-tuning skills and match play in the racquetball workout classes.
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Scuba

Basic certification, advanced, specialty and leadership level courses leading to PADI certification. Classroom and pool meetings are on UC San Diego campus. MUST pass swim tryouts consisting of 200 yards continuous swim and 10 min. float/tread water.
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Strength Training

Build your strength with one of our many strength training classes including weight training, total body circuit, CrossFITlife and more!
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Stroke Clinics

Interested in focusing on more advanced swimming technique? These 4 week clinics focus on technique and turns for each of the competitive strokes. You can sign up for one clinic or both. Great for kids who want to swim competitively!
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Student Personal Wellness

A FREE program offered to current students. Eight weeks of small group sessions, with each week dedicated to a different topic/workout. A personalized workout will be designed for each participant at the end of the class. You may only register for this program once. Student personal wellness is offered during fall, winter and spring quarters only.
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Surfing

This comprehensive introduction to surfing will teach you the fundamental skills of the sport, including ocean conditions, safety and proper etiquette. Surfboards are provided for class use.
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Swim Conditioning

Designed for people who know how to swim and would like to start a swimming fitness program. Learn how to do flip turns, use the time clock, improve technique and endurance and learn new skills. Competitive strokes, turns pacing and interval training are all covered. Must be able to swim 200 yards freestyle non-stop with side breathing.
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Swim Lessons

We offer adult classes where you can learn how to swim or improve your swimming techniques and skills to youth swim classes that help children feel comfortable in the water and enjoy it safely.
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T’ai Chi

Learn the aspects of this stylized Chinese martial art or improve upon existing skills. Increase your ability to focus on the art and flow of energy in the body while also learning the purposeful movements of T’ai chi.
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Taekwondo

Introduce the concepts of traditional Taekwondo or increase your already established abilities. Learn kicking, conditioning and stance work while getting a great workout.
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Tennis

Classes are available for all levels from beginning to more advanced workouts. We use the National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) to classify our class skill levels.
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Volleyball

Drills, strategy and lots of game playing is the order of the day. The curriculum offers both indoor and sand volleyball options.
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Water Polo

Introduce the concepts of the game and the basic skills required to play it successfully.
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Weight Loss Solutions

Get in the best shape of your life! Let our expert wellness instructors help you permanently adjust your attitudes about eating and exercise! We are offering a weight management program to the UC San Diego community. The program includes instructional workouts and nutritional guidelines for weight loss from our FitLife registered dietitian. There are six weeks of group training sessions, including weight training, swiss ball, core strengthening and more, with fitness assessments at the beginning and end of the program. A personalized program is designed for each participant at the completion of the class.
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Women’s Self-Defense

Increase your ability to defend yourself. Learn to develop awareness of your surroundings and avoid physical confrontations.
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Wrestling

Three different styles will be covered including folkstyle, freestyle and Greco. Classes will consist of dynamic stretching, tumbling, calisthenics and drilling.
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Wushu

Increase your knowledge of this classic martial art involving both weapons and distinctive stances. Learn the fundamental kicks, punches and jumps while becoming more balanced in all your movements.
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Yoga & Meditation

Strong Body, Clear Mind, Balanced Spirit. Yoga can be as much or as little as you want it to be. For some it is purely a physical pursuit, keeping the body toned, strong and flexible. For others, yoga becomes more of a mindset and a way of living. Whatever your reason for practicing, or your level of experience — we welcome you. FitLife offers a variety of active and meditative yoga and movement classes to help bring balance to your day.
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