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 84A.
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 84A


Intermediate karate skills and techniques. Analysis and application of biomechanics, individual and group interaction, and uses of karate.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. demonstrate intermediate karate techniques.
B. analyze the physical principles of karate movements.
C. explain offensive and defensive strategies for self-defense and sparring.
D. identify and interpret the important elements of karate katas.
E. employ proper warm-up and stretching exercises for injury prevention.
F. recognize the various karate styles and their applications.
G. examine the Japanese language in the usage of commands and vocabulary in karate.

Course Content

A. Intermediate karate techniques
1. Blocking applications
2. Jump and spin kicks
3. Sparring combinations
4. Closed and open-hand strikes
5. Intermediate Heian katas
B. Physical principles of karate
1. Balance
2. Power
3. Speed
C. Offensive and defensive strategies of sparring
1. Two–person drills
2. Circle drill
3. Prearranged drills
4. Free–style fighting
5. Distancing
6. Perception of attack
D. Elements of karate katas
1. Correct order
2. Meaning of each movement
3. Proper breathing
4. Timing
5. Awareness of target
E. Karate styles
1. Okinawan
2. Japanese
3. Korean
4. Chinese
5. European
6. American
F. Japanese commands and vocabulary
1. Bowing in and out
2. Addressing students and instructor
3. Tournament vocabulary
4. Karate techniques

Lab Content

All lab content is covered in Course Content.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Karate gi. Punching and kicking bags.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Direct instructor evaluation of student
B. Physical skills tests
C. Final written exam on Japanese karate vocabulary, commands, and katas

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

Assignments covering karate history and famous figures, as well as observing karate classes in local dojos.



Physical Education