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2020-2021 Catalog

FYS 085 Asian Martial Arts in the West

Beginning in the early 20th century, Asian martial arts have attracted the attention of Western audiences. The fighting styles of Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, as well as the internal style of Tai Chi, have demonstrated a strong influence on fighting and self defense in Western culture. This First Year Seminar examines how Asian martial arts function within American culture by investigating topics such as self defense, military strategy, health and fitness, competitive fighting, and popular entertainment.