According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, martials arts are “one of several forms of fighting and self-defense (such as karate and judo) that are widely practiced as sports.”
Daniel Melcor Chavez, a karate instructor in the Health, Exercise and Sports Science Department, said that martial arts aren’t about fighting, they’re about developing a way of life.
“Martial arts isn’t just kicking and punching. There is a lot more respect and self-esteem involved,” he said.
Andrew Mooneyhan, program specialist for Health, Exercise, and Sports Science, said that structure is important for students who lack discipline.
“We have it so that students can take these physical activity classes to be able to experience a structured activity or sport,” he said.
~ Imani Lambert