Physical Education Classes

Physical education classes are offered for Harvey Mudd College students through the Claremont Mudd Scripps Athletic Department. The Claremont Colleges require all students to complete three semesters of physical education.

Participation on a CMS athletic team will also count towards fulfilling the physical education requirement. All students are expected to complete this requirement during their freshman and sophomore years, except for those excused by the chair of the Department of Physical Education for medical reasons or because of prior military experience.

Registration procedures and deadlines for physical education courses or teams are identical to those of credit courses. Courses offered through other Claremont Colleges may also be elected.

For questions about the PR department or PE classes, contact physical education director Randy Town at randy.town@cms.claremont.edu or the CMS athletic department at 909.607.2904.

For a complete listing of physical education courses within The Claremont Colleges, please check out these sites:

Listed below are the courses currently offered in the Linde Activities Center for the fall of 2015:

Core, Cardio and More

Instructor: Jodi M. Day

Course Description

The revolutionary, cardio-based, total body-conditioning. This calorie torching workout is based on the principles of MAX Interval Training, and you’ll be ripping through the most heart pumping, muscle shredding, sweat dripping, high intensity cardio workout ever to find out what you’re really made of. It is designed to provide you a safe, challenging and results driven workout with no equipment necessary.

Course Credit

Credit will be given if students miss no more than three class sessions, unless otherwise discussed with professor.

Basketball-Beginning to Advanced

Instructor: Dean Chris Sundberg

Course Description

“Pick up” basketball for beginning to advanced players. Players are split into skill levels and divided for game play.  Minimum required playing time: 1 hour.

Course Credit

Students can miss three sessions throughout the semester and still receive credit. Those missing more than three sessions without an excuse will not receive credit.

Taiji Spear Class

Instructor: Kin Lam

Course Description

Learn the introductory/fundamental Taiji spear movements and techniques as well as the principles of Taijiquan: 太極拳—a Chinese martial art—also known for its unique holistic healing aspect. The practice of Taiji (Tai Chi) greatly enhances the balance of our body, mind, emotion and spirit. This class will focus on the overall health and wellness of Taiji practice.

This class will further improve our mind-body coordination by adding a spear to the Taiji routine. Besides training the extension of qi/energy beyond our body, it also trains the coordination of working with our two hands. In this introductory Taiji spear class, as time allows, some Qigong and supplementary/auxiliary practices will be incorporated to reinforce a student’s overall Taiji practice; thus improving the benefits and results.

During this learning process is also the discovery/realization of unlearning and relearning the ways of our movements, thinking and behavior. Like all the masters before us, this is to awaken us to the fact that we create our own reality—the outer world is, in many ways, a reproduction of our inner world.

Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)–Intermediate

Instructor: Kin Lam

Registration Limit: 30

Prerequisite: Recommended to have taken the beginning Taiji class or with some experience in Taiji.

Course Description

This is a continuation of the beginning Taiji Class. There will be a quick review of the previous movements from the introductory class. Additional movements and techniques will be taught and added to the routine. The 16-Form Taijiquan will be taught along with other related auxiliary training/practice.

The art of Taijiquan—a Chinese martial art—is also known for its unique holistic healing aspect. The practice of Taiji (Tai Chi) greatly enhances the balance of our physical, mental, emotion and spirit. This class will focus on the overall health and wellness of Taiji practice.

This class will continue to explore the art of breathing, movement, meditation, stretching and other techniques to deepen the skill level of the student, whereby naturally enhancing the student’s daily stress and unnecessary tensions; hence increasing overall performance and school work. $50 fee.

Course Credit

Credit will be given if students attend regularly, show effort, and do simple demonstration of learned skill as final exam.

Team Sports

Instructor: Kristen Dowling

Course Description

An introductory activity class to a variety of team sports including basketball, dodgeball, kickball, and indoor soccer.

Course Credit

In order to pass, the student must attend a minimum of 80 percent of class days.

Traditional Shotokan Karate

Instructor: Sensei Ty Aponte

Course Description

More than ever, rising crime rates are creating a need for self-protection. This need, along with an increased awareness of health and fitness, has led to many people to study the martial arts. Traditional Shotokan Karate strives to promote a positive image of the martial arts and their many facets. My curriculum will include: basic/advanced blocks, strikes, kicks, and punches, Kata (forms), and a strong emphasis on practical and common sense self defense; that will include body movement and footwork, evading/escaping, joint locks/manipulations, partner drills and techniques.  I promise the class to be safe, engaging, challenging and fun. Uniform Not Required.

Karate’s Objectives

Karate-do is founded on a tradition which seeks to fulfill three primary objectives apart from self-defense. First is the promotion of good health and vitality. This is achieved through the training by improving one’s aerobic fitness, coordination, strength, flexibility, and reflexes. Second, a higher level of understanding of the art, both physically, and intellectually, which encompasses; culture, traditions, and philosophy. Third, karate strives to cultivate and nurture a healthy attitude among its practitioners, shaping one’s character by realizing the value of such traits as benevolence, courtesy, respect, humility, and recognizing the worth of all human beings. The student who perseveres will develop courage, self-control, and self-discipline. If these three objectives are kept in view and looked to for guidance, karate becomes a learning process and an extremely valuable link in a person’s general pattern of growth, development, and change.

Learning Objective by Semester’s End

  • To acquire a good foundation is Shotokan basics (blocks, kicks, strikes, kata, etc.) and have the confidence and ability to demonstrate to a reasonable degree those fundamental techniques.
  • Have an appreciation for the Japanese Karate and budo Culture i.e. etiquette, philosophy, and a little vocabulary.
  • To develop an awareness of self defense and gain confidence in one’s martial abilities.
  • The training takes a holistic approach to improving one’s health; one will have gained strength, agility, and body overall conditioning.

For Returning Students

Our objective is to continue progressing through the three colored belt ranks (Green, Brown, Black) by increasing your confidence and understanding in the skills required for each rank as well as gain further insight into the subtleties of Shotokan Karate-Do.

Taiji Sword Class

Course Description

Learn the introductory/fundamental Taiji sword movements and techniques as well as the principles of Taijiquan: 太極拳—a Chinese martial art—also known for its unique holistic healing aspect. The practice of Taiji (Tai Chi) greatly enhances the balance of our body, mind, emotion, and spirit. This class will focus on the overall health and wellness of Taiji practice.

This class will further improve our mind-body coordination by adding a sword to the Taiji routine – which also trains the extension of qi/energy beyond our body.

Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)–Intermediate

Registration Limit: 30

Prerequisite: Recommended to have taken the beginning Taiji class or with some experience in Taiji.

Course Description

This is a continuation of the beginning Taiji Class. There will be a quick review of the previous movements from the introductory class. Additional movements and techniques will be taught and added to the routine. The 16-Form Taijiquan will be taught along with other related auxiliary training/practice.

The art of Taijiquan—a Chinese martial art—is also known for its unique holistic healing aspect. The practice of Taiji (Tai Chi) greatly enhances the balance of our physical, mental, emotion, and spirit. This class will focus on the overall health and wellness of Taiji practice.

This class will continue to explore the art of breathing, movement, meditation, stretching, and other techniques to deepen the skill level of the student, whereby naturally enhancing the student’s daily stress and unnecessary tensions; hence increasing overall performance and school work. $50 fee.

Course Credit

Credit will be given if students attend regularly, show effort, and do simple demonstration of learned skill as final exam.

Turbo Kick Boxing

Instructor: Alexandra Griffin / Angela Bi

Course Description

Turbo-kickboxing is a high-energy aerobic workout that combines shadow boxing, kickboxing, sports drills, dancing, yoga, and simple dance moves in a fun atmosphere. It’s an incredibly effective way to build strength and burn calories–up to 1000 per class!

Course Credit

Students can miss up to five classes throughout the semester and still pass. Anything beyond that needs to be made up or will result in a fail.

Volleyball-Advanced

Instructor: Kurt Vlasich

Course Description

Designed for students who have played high school or club volleyball, this course will include review of basic rules and skills, including passing, setting, attacking, serving and blocking in the context of team oriented drills and scrimmage.

Course Credit

Credit will be given for attendance and participation in 85 percent of the classes.

Zumba

Instructor: Jodi M. Day

Course Description

Each Zumba class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. I take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

Course Credit

Credit will be given if students miss no more than three class sessions, unless otherwise discussed with professor.

Zumba Step

Instructor: Jodi M. Day

Course Description

Perfect for those who are looking to feel the burn, baby! Looking to strengthen and tone your legs and glutes? Step right up. How it works, I combine the awesome toning and strengthening power of Step aerobics, with the fun fitness-party that only Zumba brings to the dance-floor. Zumba Step increases cardio and calorie burning, while adding moves that define and sculpt your core and legs. Equipment: Step Risers.

Course Credit

Credit will be given if students miss no more than three class sessions, unless otherwise discussed with professor.