Year 1
Semester 1

Module 1–Week 2

Martial Arts

History: Major Martial Arts Systems

Japanese & Okinawan Martial Arts

Judo, Kendo, and Karate.

Judo literally means “gentle way” or “way of softness”, is a grappling-based martial art, practiced primarily as a sport.

Kendo means the “way of the sword” and is based on Japanese sword-fighting.

Karate literally means “empty hand”. It is also sometimes called “the way of the empty hand.”

Watch this History Lesson.

Self-Defense: Recovery Position

Review Front and Rear Chokes

Strikes & Review/Teach Sidekick

Drills

1. Sidekick

2. Jab-Skip Sidekick

3. 1 Round Skip Sidekick on Shields

  1. 1-minute left leg
  2. 1-minute right leg
  3. alternate with partner

4. 1 Round Jab the air skip Sidekick on Shields

  1. 1-minute left leg
  2. 1-minute right leg
  3. alternate with partner

Cool Down

Cool Down
1. Form a circle with students facing the center

2. Alternating 3 Sets of 10 Push Ups  & 10 Toe Tapper Sit Ups

3. 5-Part Stretch

Life Skill: Courage

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History: Major Martial Arts Systems

Historically the term Budo is associated with the Japanese systems. Budo refers to martial arts as a way of life encompassing physical, spiritual, and moral dimensions with a focus of self-improvement, fulfillment, or personal growth.

Shotokan is the most popular style of Japanese karate. It was developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957). Gichin was born in Okinawa[1] and is widely credited with popularizing “karate do” through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs.

Okinawan Karate. Due to its central location, Okinawa was influenced by various cultures with a long history of trade and cultural exchange, including Japan, China and Southeast Asia, that greatly influenced the development of martial arts on Okinawa.

Popular Okinawan karate styles include Gōjū-ryū, Uechi-ryū, Ryūei-ryū, Shito-ryu and Tōon-ryū.

Self-Defense: Recovery Position Drill

Drills

Round 1 – Skip sidekick on shield.

Round 2 – Back leg sidekick on shield

<b>Back leg sidekick on shield</b>

Round 3 – Defensive sidekick vs shield

Two Rounds

  1. 1-minute left leg
  2. 1-minute right leg
  3. alternate with partner

Cool Down

Cool Down
1. Form a circle with students facing the center

2. Alternating 3 Sets of 10 Push Ups  & 10 Toe Tapper Sit Ups

3. 5-Part Stretch

Empower Kickboxing™ Martial Arts Curriculum