PSCI 17
Martial Arts in Movies & Real Life Winter 2024

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Short Version: 2 hours of martial arts training each morning, 2 martial arts movies each week, and a 10-page paper or project in which student teams write, choreograph, perform, shoot, edit, insert sound effects, and share their own fight scene. Longer Version: Movies that feature martial arts action rarely win Oscars or get much critical attention. Nevertheless, the best of these films can inspire extraordinary devotion amongst fans and are often the reason new students arrive at the door of a martial arts school and begin a journey which changes their lives forever. They are also a lot more fun to watch when you know something about martial arts – and the only legitimate way to know something about martial arts is to experience them first hand, rather than only on screen. The Martial Arts training (10am-Noon each weekday morning in Currier Ballroom) will be in Aikido, a synthesis of the Samurai arts of Kenjutsu (swordsmanship) and Jujutsu (body techniques). Training will improve each student’s strength, balance, posture, and flexibility while also integrating mindfulness, centering, breathing, and relaxation exercises. Everyone will also learn how to throw their friends across the room. 25% of training time will be devoted to sword, staff, and dagger techniques. The provisional list of films we will be screening includes masterpieces of Japanese, Chinese, American, and French cinema: Seven Samurai, Last Samurai, Uzumasa Limelight, Enter the Dragon, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Kill Bill (volume 1). Students will be evaluated on the quality of their participation during training and on a 10-page paper or team fight scene project. Students are encouraged to correspond with the instructor (rkent-at-aikiextensions.org) before registration begins if they have questions.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1350
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Performance(s); Creative project(s); Other: Students will be evaluated on the quality of their participation during training and on a 10-page paper or team fight scene project.
Prerequisites: same physician's approval on file as the school requires to participate on sports teams.
Enrollment Preferences: If overenrolled, selection will be based on a questionnaire.
Unit Notes: Robert Kent '84 holds a 4th degree black belt in Aikido, and an MA in Philosophy, writing his thesis on the Ethics of Authenticity. He is President of Aiki Extensions, which brings the strategic insights and practical wisdom of Aikido into the world.
Materials/Lab Fee: $100
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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