Martial Arts Classes (PEMA)

PEMA 115 Self Defense

Self-defense is more than learning how to fight; the three A’s of Self Defense: Awareness, Assessment and Action. The main theme is prevention. Work with a partner in class to create different situations for physical response.

PEMA 116 Women’s Self Defense (2 credits)

In a holistic approach to self-defense and sexual assault prevention, this course teaches both physical and verbal strategies and techniques. Physical skill content includes the three A’s of self defense: awareness, assessment, and action. The awareness and empowerment content includes boundary setting, de-escalation, verbal strategies, assertiveness, and healthy relationship skills. Course format: two weekly activity sessions and one weekly empowerment session.

PEMA 199 Special Studies: Martial Arts Training

Learn and practice martial arts and self defense techniques and strategies from the most effective disciplines from all around the world. Train in kicking, punching, close quarter, ground fighting, and weapons. This course will be delivered asynchronously online and you will be able to learn and practice at times that work for your schedule.

PEMA 255 Kickboxing

Combines the best martial arts from around the world including Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing, Savate and more. Train feet, hands, knees and elbows, as well as kickboxing-specific conditioning.

PEMA 311 and 312 Jeet Kune Do I and II

A combative activity that incorporates striking, kicking, grappling, limb immobilization techniques and weaponry. Conceptual basis and history of Jeet Kune Do and Filipino martial arts.

PEMA 321 and 322 Jiu Jitsu I and II

A combative activity that incorporates exercises, throwing and falling techniques, grappling, escapes, holds, and learning to maintain a safe position.

PEMA 331 Mixed Martial Arts I

Combines Muay Thai Kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

PEMA 332 Mixed Martial Arts II

More intermediate and advanced skills from Mixed Martial Arts  I, this is a faster paced class with light sparing and conditioning. Prereq: PEMA 331 Mixed Martial Arts 1 or training in kickboxing and grappling.

PEMA 399 Special Studies: Modern Martial Arts (2 credits)

Through both lecture and physical practice, explore the theory and training methods, concepts, and techniques of the martial arts systems from around the world that have continued to grow and evolve up to our present time. This course will be a deep dive into all things modern martial arts and will include discussion and practice on both sport and self defense training and techniques. It will be delivered online asynchronously so that you can study and practice at times that fit your schedule.

PEMA 399 Special Studies: Women’s Self Defense II (1 credit)

This course is a continuation of the physical self-defense skills that are introduced in Women’s Self Defense I. The pace and challenge of the techniques will increase, and new skills will be introduced. Course format: two weekly 50-minute activity sessions. Prerequisites: Students must complete PEMA 116 Women’s Self Defense or PEMA 115 Self-Defense before enrolling in this course.