Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 3 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: This course is included in the Combatives family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in H P 84X.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VII: Lifelong Learning
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable
Formerly: H P 84X

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply beginning karate theories and techniques to everyday situations.


Introduction to beginning skills and techniques of karate. Includes punching, blocking, striking and kicking techniques.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. demonstrate the basic fundamentals of Japanese karate.
B. examine the history of Japanese karate.
C. recognize the traditions of Japanese martial arts.
D. identify the preparation and etiquette of karate training.
E. analyze the basic forms of karate katas.
F. employ proper warm-up and stretching exercises for injury prevention.

Course Content

A. Basic fundamentals
1. Stances
2. Body movement
3. Blocks
4. Punches and strikes
5. Kicks
B. History of Japanese karate
1. Origins of karate
2. From India to China
3. Okinawan and Japanese karate
4. Karate: the name changes
5. Transmission of karate to the United States
C. Traditions of Japanese martial arts
1. Japanese adaptions of Chinese philosophy
2. Jutso and Do
3. The Dojo Kun
4. Martial arts sayings
D. Preparation and etiquette of karate training
1. Standing bow
2. Kneeling bow
3. Addressing instructor and students
E. Karate katas
1. Background and application
2. Kata names and origins
3. Shorin and Shorei kata

Lab Content

All lab content is covered in Course Content.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Punching and kicking bags.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Direct instructor evaluation of student practice
B. Performance skills tests on karate fundamental techniques and katas
C. Final comprehensive exam on requirements for belt rankings

Method(s) of Instruction

Discussion, cooperative learning exercises, laboratory, demonstration.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Martin, Ashley. The Shotokan Karate Bible: Beginner to Black Belt. 2nd ed. Bloomsbury USA, 2016.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Reading chapters from class text, as well as homework assignments consisting of katas, strikes and throws.



Physical Education