Martial Arts Certificate Program

The Martial Arts Certificate Program provides many opportunities to:

  1. Encourage and motivate students to obtain a well rounded, in depth martial arts education by incorporating added competency in major areas of martial arts practice and instruction.
  2. Provide an understanding of martial arts as an industry, especially as it relates to the multi-faceted field of sport management.
  3. provide a service to the public/community by facilitating professional martial arts instruction and services.
  4. become a leader in the martial arts industry by ensuring professional standards.
  5. give Indiana University graduates another competitive advantage in the martal arts industry.
  6. provide additional martial arts certification.

This Certificate represents a greater understanding and ability to apply principles and concepts from these important areas of kinesiology by a select crop of students demonstrating the motivation, discipline, and expertise to exceed the normal standards of martial arts training and teaching.   This Certificate increases standards of educational competencies, improves student motivation to exceed established standards, and adds  professional accreditation to the martial arts program by affiliating Indiana University into the martial arts accreditation process.

Major topics or curriculum of the certificate.

  • Martial Arts Courses
  • Structural Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Sport Management
  • Concepts in Physical Fitness
  • Teaching Experience with Practicum/Internship
  • Sport Psychology (particularly important in field that emphasizes the mind-body -connection)
  • (Athletic training Emergency Care, CPR, First Aid recommended)

Major student outcomes
(or set of performance based standards for the proposed certificate.)

  • Accreditation certificate for demonstrated proficiencies in competency areas.
  • Completion of outlined academic work.
  • Obtainment of broad academic background in Kinesiology.
  • Obtainment of black belt status, or its equivalent, in at least one martial arts area of expertise.
  • Departmental and HPER recognition for the student teaching experience.
  • Future potential for martial arts instruction professionally in community, private clubs, fitness centers, or YMCA's.
  • Student will gain an overall appreciation for the depth of the martial arts as it exists as a sport management industry.

How student outcomes will be assessed.

The Martial Arts Coordinator has created a Martial Arts Accreditation Subcommittee. Those students on track to receive a martial arts certificate will be readily identified to all martial arts program instructors and the aforementioned subcommittee. These instructors comprise a committee that will collectively track the students progress through the program in the following ways:

  1. During the practicum, instructors will be able to assess and ensure standards of technical skill level. Additionally, the committee will use student goals and a student feedback questionnaire to ensure students needs are met.
  2. Standardized tests and academic papers will be course embedded assessments.
  3. A graduate follow-up will be achieved with a program exit interview.
  4. Practicum and Internship evaluations will be filled out by the field work supervisor.
  5. Employer survey for graduates.
  6. The practicum teaching experience can be assessed by utilizing existing Elective Program evaluation tools.
  7. Minimum GPA of 2.7 for core course work will be required.

Student population to be served.

  1. Students who intend to pursue a full or part-time professional position in the martial arts industry, including, but not limited to: Instruction for adult and youth programs, supply business/ merchandising, facility management, marketing, professional journals, magazines, tournaments/event management.
  2. Any student who has no current professional ambitions, but wants to broaden/deepen his/her martial arts experience by studying fields that form the foundation of Kinesiology. Moreover a certificate would motivate and intrinsically reward students who undertake certificate accreditation.
  3. Students with or without martial arts experience seeking additional challenges and opportunities for teaching martial arts within the Indiana University program or local community, or industry as a whole.
  4. Students with demonstrated motivation and personal self-discipline to strive for and be awarded an accreditation certificate for teaching the martial arts discipline within their area of expertise.
  5. Within the martial arts field, this program would become a resource for accreditation for existing professionals. New students could be attracted to Indiana University for such a purpose.
  6. Martial Arts Accreditation Certificate program would draw students from the entire university including but not limited to, Continuing Education, new freshman, Asian Studies, Education, and Sport Management.

Tab Sheet for the Department of Kinesiology Martial Arts Certificate Program

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24 Credit Hours

Required Courses

____ (2) E145: Introduction to the Martial Arts
____ (3) *P205: Structural Kinesiology
____ (3) P211: Introduction to Sport Management
____ (3) P216: Concepts of Physical Fitness
____ (3) P498: Practicum in Physical Education

Select one of the five (5) credit hour groups from below:

____ (1) E147: Hapkido
____ (1) E247: Intermediate Hapkido
____ (1) E347: Advanced Hapkido
____ (1) E447: Advanced Hapkido II - Red Belt
____ (1) E446 or E100: Independent Study in the Martial Arts (P: E447)
____ (1) E150: Karate
____ (1) E250: Intermediate Karate
____ (1) E350: Advanced Karate
____ (1) E450: Advanced Karate II - Red Belt
____ (1) E446 or E100: Independent Study in the Martial Arts (P: E450)
____ (1) E148: T'ai Chi Ch'uan
____ (1) E248: Intermediate T'ai Chi Ch'uan
____ (1) E348: T'ui Shou (Push Hands)
____ (1) E448: T'ai Chi Ch'uan Sword
____ (1) E446 or E100: Independent Study in the Martial Arts (P: E448)


Among the requirements for completion of HPER E446 or E100 "Independent Study in the Martial Arts" is presentation of evidence of the following: Black Belt or Equivalent Training in CPR, First Aid or Athletic Training Emergency Care

Select one (1) credit hour from an area different from your specialization:

____ (1) E100: Brazilian Juijitsu
____ (1) E100: Japanese Jujitsu
____ (1) E147: Hapkido
____ (1) E149: Judo
____ (1) E148: T'ai Chi Ch'uan
____ (1) E150: Karate
____ (1) E151: Self Defense

Select one (1) credit hour from below:

____ (1) E144: Chi Gong
____ (1) E100: Techniques of Meditation
____ (1) E190: Yoga

Select at least three (3) credit hours from any of the courses listed below:

____ (2) P280: Principles of Athletic Training & Emergency Care
____ (3) A281: Recognition & Evaluation of Athletic Injuries
____ (3) P217: Methods of Exercise Instruction (P:P216)
____ (2) P280: Athletic Training Emergency Care
____ (2) *P316: Theories of Advanced Conditioning (P:P216)
____ (2) *P317: Strength Training
____ (2) *P326: Lifeguard Training & Water Safety
____ (3) *P416: Corporate Fitness (P:P409)
____ (3) *P419: Fitness Testing and Programming
____ (3) *P420: Exercise Leadership Instruction
____ (3) P419: Fitness Testing & Programming
____ (1-3) P447: Special Problems in Physical Education
____ (3) *P492: Lab Assistant in Sport Science
____ (1-3) P499: Research in Physical Education
____ (3) P318: Management of the Sport Enterprise
____ (3) P324: Recreational Sports Programming
____ (3) P327: Administration, Maintenance & Construction of Aquatic Facilities
____ (3) P411: Legal Issues in Sport (P:L201)
____ (3) P415: Sport Promotions & Public Relations
____ (3) P418: Sport Marketing (P:P211 and BUS M300)
____ (1) A483: Principle of Sports Officiating
____ (2) A484: Interscholastic Athletic Program
____ (3) P391: Biomechanics (Old Number P397 Kinesiology)
____ (3) *P398: Adapted Physical Education
____ (1-2) P399: Practicum in Adapted Physical Education
____ (3) P448: Internship to Exercise Science
____ (3) P401: Adapted Physical Education II (P:P398)
____ (3) P409: Basic Exercise Physiology P:A215 or P205; P215)
____ (3) P447: Special Programs in Physical Education and Athletics
____ (3) P452: Motor Learning
____ (3) *P490: Motor Development and Learning
____ (3) P493: Tests and Measurements in Physical Education
____ (1-3) P499: Research in Physical Education & Athletics
____ (3) P333: Sport in America: Historical Perspectives
____ (3) P334: Cultural Diversity in American Sport
____ (3) P392: Sport in American Society
____ (3) P405: Introduction to Sport Psychology
____ (3) P444: Issues in Physical Education and Sport
____ (1-3) P447: Special Problems in Physical Education
____ (1-3) P499: Research in Physical Education
*Recommended courses as partial preparation for ACSM Health Fitness Instructor Certification Exam.

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