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Self-Defence and Martial Arts

Course name: Self-defense and martial arts
Course number: PTUS700
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 22
Term: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Will be updated

Professor:Assist. Prof. Klára Coufalová, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. Radim Pavelka, Ph.D.

Contact Information:,
Office address: E201
Office hours: Will be updated

Course Description

Physical self-defense is the use of physical force to counter an immediate threat of violence. Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defense or include self-defense techniques. Some styles train primarily for self-defense, while other martial or combat sports can be effectively applied for self-defense. The aim of this course is to teach students basic self-defense techniques and their use in different situations. Students will learn self-protection techniques, evading techniques, and escape techniques. The course will also include elements of martial arts: judo, karate, aikido, and MMA.

Learning Objectives

Students will learn self-protection techniques, evading techniques, and escape techniques.
There will be also included elements of martial arts judo, karate, aikido, MMA.

Course Prerequisites
For the practical part of the course, it is necessary to have sports clothing.
Other materials will be loaned to students in each session.

Methods of Instruction
The course will be taught by PowerPoint presentation, practical lectures in the gym and a fieldtrip.

Assessment and Final Grade

1. Assessment Type 1: Practical exams 60%

2. Assessment Type 2: Essay on one of the recommended topics 20%

3. Assessment Type 3: Participation in sessions 20%

Marking scheme assessment PG 1-4 (1 = excellent; 4 = fail)

Course Requirements

Practical exams

Proper presentation of the required techniques.


The assessment essay should be on one of the recommended topics.
Criteria of evaluation: level of argumentation, scope and depth of coverage of a topic, originality.

Participation in sessions

Activity during lessons

Attendance is mandatory.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

Session 1: Theory of martial arts
Introduction to the theory.
Reading: Butler (1960): pp. 54-91.

Session 2: Falling techniques 1
Physical basis of falling techniques, basic falling techniques

Week 2

Session 3: Falling techniques 2
Advanced falling techniques, falling techniques over barrier with flight phase

Session 4: Self-defense techniques 1
Defense against punches and kicks

Week 3

Session 5: Self-defense techniques 2
Defense against chokes and grabs

Session 6: Self-defense techniques from judo 1
Using judo techniques in self-defense – throws

Session 7: Self-defense techniques from judo 2
Using judo techniques in self-defense – ground fighting

Week 4

Session 8: Self-defense techniques from aikido
Using aikido techniques in self-defense

Session 9: Self-defense techniques from karate
Using karate techniques in self-defense

Week 5

Session 10: Self-defense techniques from other martial arts
Using techniques from thai boxing and MMA in self-defense

Session 11: Field-trip
Self-defense in simulated situations out of class

Week 5


Required reading

Butler, P. (1960). Advanced judo and self-defense. London: Faber.

Further reading

Funakoshi, G. (1974). Karate-do kyohan: the master text. Tokyo: Kodansha Int.
Green, T.A. and Svinth, J.R. (2003). Martial arts in the modern world. Westport, Bonn: Praeger.

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