Physical Education

Physical Education and Athletics Division  

Combatives/Martial Arts

De Anza College offers several classes in martial arts. You will find Cardio Kick, Beginning and Intermediate Karate,  Self Defense and Tai Chi.

KNES 11A - Cardio Kick

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through the activity of cardio kick. Dynamic kickboxing techniques are used to provide a level of conditioning for both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. The freestyle interval format combines boxing and kicking drills specific to martial arts and kickboxing integrating the element of mind/body, readiness, visualization, and reaction. Students will participate in a safe, modifiable, program to improve overall fitness, agility, balance, strength, and endurance. An historical examination of cardio kick for fitness and its roots in the sports of kickboxing, boxing, and martial arts will be included.

KNES 12D - Beginning Karate

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through the discipline of Karate. Includes, a global and historical examination of the sport, rules, equipment, and etiquette. Students will analyze and demonstrate the application of traditional Japanese Shotokan karate techniques including blocking, punching, kicking striking and stances. Students will strive to understand and apply basic exercise physiology, nutrition, flexibility and strength concepts in an effort to improve their physical condition. Considerations for the variables that occur due to age, gender and physical conditions will be covered.

KNES 12E - Intermediate Karate

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through the discipline of Karate.
Includes, a global and historical examination of the sport, rules, equipment, and etiquette of the sport. Intermediate karate skills and techniques of Japanese karate will be covered including blocking, punching, kicking, stances and individual evasive movement, and group interaction. Students will strive to understand and apply basic exercise physiology, nutrition, flexibility, and strength concepts in an effort to improve their physical condition in order to train at a more advanced level, with consideration for the variables that occur due to age, gender and physical conditions.

KNES 12G - Self Defense

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through personal self-defense. The course includes a historical and global examination of self-defense. It will provide the student with a sense of awareness and practical applications that will maximize the student's strength, endurance, and skill relative to gender, body build and physiology. Recognition of potential problems, attack prevention/avoidance, escape strategies, counterattack, kidnapping, and abduction will be discussed. Basic exercise physiology, nutrition, fundamentals of strength development, and flexibility.

KNES 12H - Beginning Tai Chi

An introduction to the discipline of Physical Education through Tai Chi exercises including well-known short forms consisting of 24 postures. Principles of unity, centering, balance, alignment, breath and mind intent, "yin and yang" relationships and the development of Chi. Benefits of Tai Chi exercise relative to age, gender and environmental conditions. Basic exercise physiology, nutrition, fundamentals of strength development, flexibility and meditation concepts as related to Tai Chi and "health and wellness". A global and historical examination of the Taoist philosophy and the development of various forms of Tai Chi.

KNES 12J - Intermediate Tai Chi

Further examination of Physical Education through the ancient exercise of Tai Chi. Includes the well-known short forms consisting of 24 or 36 postures. Complete and polish movements of the 24 Tai Chi set, self-defense applications, "push-hands," and sparring will be performed. Review and embody principles of unity, centering, balance, alignment, breath and mind intent, "yin and yang" relationships and the development of Tai Chi at an intermediate level. Benefits of Tai Chi exercise relative to age, gender and environmental conditions will be studied. The course will incorporate basic exercise physiology, nutrition, strength development, flexibility and meditation techniques as related to Tai Chi and health.


Physical Education
Building: PE
Contact: Susan Ho
Phone: 408.864.8751
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Last Updated: 1/30/17