Eastern Asian Martial Arts

Full Title: 
Eastern Asian Martial Arts in Context & Historical Perspective
Sheldon Rackmill
Day/Time Taught: 
MW 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Course Number: 

Most American students’ familiarity with the Asian culture is limited to the marital arts and Asian food.  Hopefully their interest in the martial arts will encourage a desire to learn about the culture and history of some of these Asian countries: Korea, China and Japan.  Therefore, all genders are encouraged to register.  The central theme of this course is to have students examine the historical and cultural backdrop of these countries and how they influenced the marital arts, and in turn how the martial arts influenced the historical events of various eras in these countries.  We will explore the socio-political and cultural context of certain periods of time and its connection to the martial arts.  We will also explore and evaluate: What is it about the Eastern Asian culture that lends itself to martial arts?

Students will be exposed to an experiential component in this class.  These experiences are some of the same principles that have allowed the samurai, the ninja and the Asian martial art masters to perform at their highest level.  Students will learn to understand the mindset of a martial art master.

Course will utilize the following disciplines: Philosophy, History, Art, and Film. 

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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