The ARC Martial Arts Room.

Location of ARC Martial Arts Program Classes
ARC Martial Arts Room and ARC Pavilion
Fit/Well Martial Arts
(Winter Quarter, 2005)

The Martial Arts Program offered through the Fitness and Wellness Center at the ARC is a series of progressive instructional classes in martial arts. These classes are offered in the ARC Martial Arts Room at UC Davis. They currently offer a total of six different martial arts classes, for a total of 21 hours of classes per week. The represented art forms are diverse in approach and goals, for a spectrum of classes that will fit the needs of any skill level. Classes are $60 a quarter (10 weeks of class, including "Try Before You Buy"), and less during the summer quarters. Listed below are all ARC Martial Arts Program class descriptions and some information about the instructors.

Want to take classes for free? At the beginning of every quarter the ARC offers "Try Before You Buy Week". You can take any of the Aerobics and Martial Arts classes for free for the entire week. Try out things for free before making a commitment. Karate Recorder

Martial Arts Class Schedule

Check out the ARC Martial Arts Room page for an up-to-date schedule of martial arts classes offered in the ARC Martial Arts Room.

Current Classes and Programs

The Hapkido Program at the ARC

ARC Hapkido Classes, Tue & ThR 05:00-06:30 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

Hapkido is reasonably well known system of Korean martial arts. It places more emphasis on weapons, self-defense and joint locks. The strikes are pretty much derived from Tae Kwon Do. It's a nice introductory class to martial arts if you're just looking for something basic to try out. I say this because it places more emphasis on basic self-defense techniques more so than the other classes.

Instructor: Robert Sarason Sabunim
The instructor, Robert Sarason Sabunim has been teaching Hapkido at UC Davis for over 30 years. He is a very friendly guy and you can always recognize him by his long, curly hair.

The Davis Judo Team

ARC Judo Classes, Mon, Wed & Fri 08:00-10:00 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

World renowned system of self- defense, Olympic sport, traditional Japanese Martial Art practiced worldwide by women and men, young and old. A complete Judo program is now available under the expert instruction of Harry Kendall Sensei that begins with the basic techniques of falling, throwing and grappling (which includes arm locks and chokes) and culminates, for those who show the competency, with enrollment in inter-collegiate level, and nationally ranked tournaments. Women and men of all sizes are encouraged to try this dynamic sport and discover the principles, techniques and spirit of this popular Martial Art.

Instructor: Harry Kendall Sensei

The Judo Class at the ARC

ARC Judo Classes, Mon & Wed 05:00-06:30 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

Judo, which is translated as the "gentle way", teaches the principle of flexibility in the application of throwing, grappling, learning how to fall, and submission technique, developed from Jujitsu. In the Judo class students will learn how to give way, rather than use force, to overcome a stronger opponent. The efficient use of balance, leverage, and movement are the essence of Judo. The student will learn Kodokan Judo etiquette, terminology, techniques, self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility. Student completing the class will be welcomed to any Dojo as a valuable new member.

Instructor: Hamaoka Sensei

The Aikido Program at the ARC

ARC Aikido Classes, Mon & Wed 06:30-08:00 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

Aikido is a modern interpretation of Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu, the open-handed fighting art of the Samurai. Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba, transformed this efficient and brutal combat style (bu-jutsu) into a method for controlling and developing the self (bu-do) and creating peace. In Aikido class, we study basic movements (kihon dosa) and weapons techniques (buki waza) to learn to control our bodies. We then apply the lessons of kihon doza and buki waza in basic techniques with partner (sotai dosa kihon waza) to learn to take advantage of body mechanics and our partner's energy to neutralize attacks. We practice joint locks, pins throws, weapons techniques (tanto, bokken, jo), and breaking our fall. Aikido is for all! There are no competitions with others; the only person you compete with is yourself. In class, we collaborate to deepen our understanding of this art.

Instructor: Fred Barrett Sensei

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the ARC

BJJ Section 1, Tue & ThR 10:00-11:30 A.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room
BJJ Section 1, Tue & ThR 02:00-03:30 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

The class focuses on learning and applying fundamental techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students practice various techniques using a traditional Gi, also known as a kimono. Students learn and practice advanced sweeps, submissions, escapes and counters, how to reverse an attacker and how to force their opponent into submission. Detailed instruction in technique, specific drilling, and position advancement are the main focus of this class. Competition is encouraged, but not required.

Instructor: Flavio

Submission Grappling at the ARC

Mixed Martial Arts, Mon & Wed 02:00-03:30 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

The class is based on techniques of traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the fundamental principles remain the same. Adjustments are made to compensate for the lack of a uniform to hold on to. In Submission Grappling you learn a whole new set of grips. The wrists, back of the neck, ankle, knee and elbow grips are all different than traditional Gi grips. Students learn takedowns, positions, transitions, escapes, reversals and how to apply and defend against joint locks, chokes and other submission holds.

Instructor: Flavio

Mixed Martial Arts

Submission Grappling, Tue & ThR 12:00-01:30 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

The Mixed Martial Arts class is designed for everyone. The class will teach you the basic techniques of MMA: Standup, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The focus is on the ground fighting aspect of MMA. Students will learn how to take an opponent down as well as how to apply basic brazilian jiu jitsu moves while avoiding or blocking punches and kicks. This is not a full contact Mixed Martial Arts class, and sparring will only be allowed in a controlled manner.

Instructor: Flavio

Previously Offered Classes and Programs

The Sanshou Kickboxing Program at the ARC

ARC Sanshou Kickboxing Classes, Mon & Wed 05:00-06:30 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

Sanshou Kickboxing is Free-Form version of Chinese Kickboxing. It was developed in the 1950's as a way to unify all the Kung Fu schools in China under one set of rules. It comprises of punches, kicks, knees, and throws. There is a lot of freedom to do what you want except that you have gloves on. These classes are the only actual kickboxing school in Davis. Also be aware that this is not merely an aerobics class. Expect to get worked out, hard.

Instructor: Coach Rawi Nanakul
The class is taught by Coach Rawi Nanakul who has trained at both Cung Le's and Rudi Ott's schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Tae Kuk Mu Sul Program at the ARC

ARC Tae Kuk Mu Sul Classes, Tue & ThR 08:30-10:00 P.M., in the ARC Martial Arts Room

This Martial Art is a traditional form of Korean Martial Arts based on a very complex pressure point system. It can be described as a mix of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. Although the striking is derived from TKD and some of the pressure points and locks are from Hapkido, it is very much its own unique style. A free uniform is included. This is the only TKMS school in Davis.

Instructor: Grandmaster Suk Ku Kim
The instructor, Grandmaster Suk Ku Kim is the founder and grandmaster of TKMS. You can learn almost anything you ever wanted to learn (except the ability to fly) from Master Kim. You can learn everything from self-defense, weapons, pressure points, TKD Olympic sparring, TKD, forms, just a plethora of knowledge from a Grandmaster. Master Kim is also a ranked Master in Tae Kwon Do (9th), Hapkido (6th), Kuk Sul Won (6th) and an 8th degree in TKMS.
  • I've seen him do some crazy stuff like flip someone completely over by using a fan.
    • This doesn't seem possible - JH
    • also recall the fight scene at the end of Disney's Mulan... - StephanieStudebaker
    • Fans are actually very common in Japanese and Korean martial arts systems. They were developed for Geisha's to defend themselves. - RN
    • You can do pretty much anything with the proper force and leverage, and I suspect the body motion of the person being flipped also contributes to the ease or difficulty with which the feat is performed. - TR
    • It was probably a pressure point demonstration; the right points can cause a spasm which is capable of forcing a reasonably fit person to throw themselves to the ground involuntarily, with very little force applied. It is a Hapkido technique. - gregpera

The Kung Fu (Northern Shaolin) Program at the ARC

ARC Sanshou Kickboxing Classes, Mon & Wed 6:30-7:50 P.M., in the ARC Pavilion

Kung fu is a Chinese tradition whose roots reach back thousands of years. Developed as a method of maintaining health and defending the students' selves and country, Kung Fu remains a popular practice today. The Northern Siu Lum (beishaolin in Mandarin) system of kung fu stresses long and short range leg and hand techniques. Takedowns and joint locks are also practiced. This class focuses on basics, coordination, fitness, and techniques for application. Later on, forms are taught as a source of techniques, concepts, and an expression of the "art" in Kung Fu.

Instructor: Thomas Renshaw

The class is taught by Thomas Renshaw, a student of Grandmaster Wing Lam. While at Lam Kwoon (Lam's Kung Fu school), Thomas instructed beginning to advanced level students, represented Lam Kwoon at tournaments, and was part of the Wing Lam Kung Fu demo team. He also structured and taught a champion-producing children's kung fu program at Lam Kwoon in Sunnyvale, CA.


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