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”.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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