Martial Arts

Try one of our numerous Martial Arts classes for self-defense, physical health, and fitness, as well as spiritual development.


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There are no martial arts classes on the following dates due to statutory holidays and reading week:

  • October 9, 10 & 11
  • November 6 - 12
Filipino Martial Arts
Filipino Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts refer to ancient and new fighting methods devised in the Philippines - the most popular forms of which are known as Arnis/Eskrima/Kali. Filipino martial artists are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably. This class is designed for new students or participants with little to no Filipino Martial Arts experience.

Japanese Drumming
Japanese Drumming

Learn the fundamentals of the art of Japanese drumming and see why it is popular around the world for its application of mind, body and spirit. Kumidaiko is the word for ensemble-style Japanese drumming, but in the West, it is commonly known as taiko. Participants will acquire knowledge of Japanese verbal music tradition, the philosophy behind Kumidaiko, the basics of playing and performance, and a taiko song! Equipment and earplugs provided.

Japanese Jiu Jitsu
Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

Japanese Jiu-Jitsu encompasses locking, throwing, striking, and ground defense techniques to provide an effective and versatile self-defense system. New students do not need a high standard of physical fitness to begin; participants will find their endurance, strength, flexibility, and speed all improve as training progresses. Uniforms are not required but are preferred.

Judo
Judo

Judo consists of throwing techniques, ground holds, choking, and arm lock techniques, and teaches the use of controlling balance and body movement to defeat an opponent. Safety is paramount, and learning how to fall safely is an important first step. Uniforms are not required initially but are needed later when learning advanced skills Judo.

Intermediate-Advanced Registration prerequisite: minimum of yellow belt and knowledge of break falls and judo submission techniques.

Karate
Karate

Classes provide challenging workouts which discipline the mind, strengthen the body, and improve self-confidence. Techniques are based on kicks, punches, and blocks, as well as flexibility and cardiovascular exercise, and are taught in a disciplined, fun environment. Taught at a mixed level to encourage individuals to participate and improve at their own level. Taught in the tradition of the Wado Kai style of karate that employs very light, fast techniques. Uniforms are not required.  Participants are asked to bring indoor shoes to class.

Karate for Families

Classes provide challenging workouts which discipline the mind, strengthen the body, improve self-confidence and enhance awareness in self-defence. Taught at a mixed level to encourage individuals to participate and improve at their own level in a safe, controlled environment Learn the aspects of katas (patterns against an imaginary opponent), waza (techniques), and kumite (free sparring). Uniforms are not required. Participants are asked to bring indoor shoes to class. No previous Karate experience necessary.

Kung Fu
Kung Fu

This program will introduce you to the elements of Chinese martial arts (often named under the umbrella terms kung fu or wushu) and mindful movement to become better acquainted with your own body and mind. Classes will focus on techniques and conditioning to build into athletic movements (jumps, spins, and kicks) and choreography (individual and group routines). We will tap into your inner hero, promoting confidence, creative expression, fitness, stress relief, and social interaction as we practice.

Kickboxing
Kickboxing Basics - 50 min

The main focus of these classes will be learning the technical aspects of striking, but you can also expect a significant physical component in either class with lots of core training. The instructor reserves the right to place a participant in whichever class they feel is best suitable to their skill/fitness level. - Hand wraps included with registration Kickboxing - Basics This class focuses on learning and practicing the basic techniques of boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. It is designed to help participants develop confidence in their abilities, by learning essential skills such as proper stance/footwork; basic punches and kicks; blocking and parrying, and counter-attacking. - Recommended for those with little or no experience in any striking sport, and all fitness levels are welcome - Kickboxing Basics can be continued/repeated to improve techniques, or taken simultaneously with the Advanced class.

Kickboxing Advanced - 80 min

The main focus of these classes will be learning the technical aspects of striking, but you can also expect a significant physical component in either class with lots of core training. The instructor reserves the right to place a participant in whichever class they feel is best suitable to their skill/fitness level. Hand wraps included with registration Kickboxing. Advanced This class takes the essential skills and develops them through practical application. The class will focus on the following skills: creating/closing distance; finding dominant angles of attack; checking and blocking kicks, and power striking. It is essential that participants in this class have some experience in a striking sport. Recommended that participants who take this course be in reasonable physical condition. Hand wraps included with registration.

Tai Chi
Tai Chi

Practicing balance and flow for your life, tai chi (short for t'ai chi ch'üan or tàijíquán) is a martial art based on exploring the relationship between yin and yang and how transformations occur between complementary opposites. Step through some mindful movement and body mechanics, and pick up a few stress management and wellbeing tools for your practice.

RecMix — Martial Arts (Student-only)


Join us every Friday for these 5-week classes. Each week you will experience a different form of martial arts class. Only $10 for students.

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Martial Arts (Registration Opens Aug 23)

Martial Arts programs available for registration: Filipino Martial Arts, Japanese Drumming, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, and Tai Chi. Visit www.activityreg.ualberta.ca to register.

Dates, Days & Times Code Location Cost*
Filipino Martial Arts
Tuesdays, Sep 21 to Nov 30   
6:05 to 7:25 PM
13243 Van Vliet Complex 2-675 Student $75.00 
Staff $90.00 
Public $100.00 
Japanese Drumming
Fridays, Sep 24 to Dec 3    
5:35 to 6:55 PM
13244 Education Building GB-23 Student $95.00 
Staff $115.00 
Public $125.00 
Japanese Jiu Jitsu
Wednesdays, Sep 22 to Dec 1     
7:05 to 8:55 PM
13245 Research Transition Facility (RTF) Gymnasium Student $110.00 
Staff $135.00 
Public $145.00 
Judo - Beginner
Thursdays, Sep 23 to Dec 2  
5:05 to 5:55 PM
12532 Research Transition Facility (RTF) Gymnasium Student $55.00 
Staff $65.00 
Public $72.50 
Judo - Intermediate-Advanced
Thursdays/Saturdays, Sep 23 to Dec 4  
(Thu) 6:05 to 7:25 PM 
(Sat) 12:35 to 1:55 PM 
12533 Research Transition Facility (RTF) Gymnasium Student $209.00 
Staff $256.50 
Public $275.50 
Karate
Wednesdays, Sep 22 to Dec 1
7:05 to 8:55 PM
12534 Education Building GB-64 Student $110.00 
Staff $135.00  
Public $145.00 
Karate for Families - All Ranks
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Dec 4 
9:05 to 10:25 AM
12535 Research Transition Facility (RTF) Gymnasium Student $74.25  
Staff $87.75 
Public $99.00 
Kickboxing Basics
Mondays, Sep 20 to Nov 29 
5:05 to 5:55 PM
12536 Van Vliet Complex 1-220 East Gym Student $63.00   
Staff $76.50 
Public $81.00 
Tuesdays, Sep 21 to Nov 30 
12:05 to 12:55 PM
12537 Van Vliet Complex 1-220 East Gym Student $70.00   
Staff $85.00 
Public $90.00 
Tuesdays, Sep 21 to Nov 30 
5:05 to 5:55 PM
12542 Van Vliet Complex 1-220 East Gym Student $70.00   
Staff $85.00 
Public $90.00 
Wednesdays, Sep 22 to Dec 1 
5:05 to 5:55 PM
12543 Van Vliet Complex 1-220 East Gym Student $70.00   
Staff $85.00 
Public $90.00 
Kickboxing Advanced
Thursdays, Sep 23 to Dec 2  
5:05 to 6:25 PM
12544 Van Vliet Complex 1-220 East Gym Student $105.00   
Staff $127.50 
Public $135.00 
Kung Fu
Mondays, Sep 20 to Nov 29 
6:05 to 7:25 PM
12545 Research Transition Facility (RTF) Gymnasium Student $74.25  
Staff $87.75 
Public $99.00 
Tai Chi
Mondays, Sep 20 to Nov 29 
5:05 to 5:55 PM
12546 Research Transition Facility (RTF) Gymnasium Student $49.50  
Staff $58.50 
Public $65.25  

*Student: U of A student currently enrolled in an academic program at the U of A and has paid the Athletic and Recreation Fee. Staff: U of A Staff (full-time, part-time, faculty, and support staff). Member: Applies to the following membership types Van Vliet Complex, Saville Community Sports Centre.