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Welcome to UBC Recreation Martial Arts programs!

UBC Recreation offers a variety of martial arts taught by experienced martial arts instructors who integrate discipline, precision, power, and self-defense into every lesson. These lessons will help participants find focus and build self-confidence while achieving mental and physical strength. The classes we offer, including but not limited to Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Iaido, and Judo, are taught so all levels are welcome.

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Pedestrian Route Changes | Finding your way to the SRC, new UBC Aquatic Centre, and War Memorial Gym

To War Memorial Gym

  • Walk south towards the Student Recreation Centre and turn left on Student Union Boulevard to head east
  • Walk past the Student Recreation Centre to the bus loop and turn right onto Wesbrook Mall
  • Follow the sidewalk past the current bus loop and new bus loop (currently under construction)
  • Turn right on the walking path between the construction sites, and the gym will be on your left.

To the UBC Aquatic Centre

  • Head south across the street and you will see the Student Recreation Centre
  • Walk between the SRC and the Old SUB construction site (fenced area)
  • The new UBC Aquatic Centre is on your left

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • Head south across the street and you will see the Student Recreation Centre

To War Memorial Gym

  • Go south towards the Student Recreation Centre and turn left on Student Union Boulevard to head east
  • Go past the Student Recreation Centre to the bus loop and turn right onto Wesbrook Mall
  • Follow the sidewalk past the current bus loop and new bus loop (currently under construction)
  • Turn right on the path between the construction sites and the wheelchair ramp into the gym will be on your left. It is marked with a sign.

To the UBC Aquatic Centre

  • Head south across the street and you will see the Student Recreation Centre
  • Head between the Student Recreation Centre and the Old SUB construction site (fenced area)
  • The new UBC Aquatic Centre is on your left

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • Head south across the street and you will see the Student Recreation Centre  

To War Memorial Gym

  • Walk west down University Blvd. past Mahoney and Sons. You should be walking on the sidewalk on the other side of the street from Mahoney and Sons.
  • To get to War Memorial Gym, turn right at the path between the construction sites and the gym is marked by a large poster of an individual climbing and the words “human potential reached from here”

To the UBC Aquatic Centre

  • Walk west, to the end of the roundabout on University Blvd and turn right towards the sign saying AMS Student Nest.
  • Walk to the end of the path and turn left to walk around the Old SUB. You will continue to walk around this building and the fences surrounding it.
  • The path will open up into the Student Nest Plaza. Turn right to head north and follow the path by the tall trees.
  • Turn right to head east at the path before the statue of the woman holding up a torch.
  • Follow this path until you see the Student Recreation Centre on your right.
  • Right before you reach the Student Recreation Centre, turn right along the path with fences lined with “Welcome to the new UBC Pool” and follow the path. The UBC Aquatic Centre will be on your left.

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • Walk west, to the end of the roundabout on University Blvd and turn right towards the sign saying AMS Student Nest. Keep to the right
  • Walk to the end of the path and turn left to walk around the Old SUB. You will continue to walk around this building and the fences surrounding it.
  • The path will open up into the Student Nest Plaza. Turn right to head north and follow the path by the tall trees.
  • Turn right to head east at the path before the statue of the woman holding up a torch
  • Follow this path until you see the Student Recreation Centre on your right.

To War Memorial Gym

  • Head west on University Blvd on the sidewalk opposite Mahoney & Sons:
    1. turn right at the first path and the Gym is marked with a poster of an individual climbing and the words “human potential reached from here”
    2. Turn right just before the stairs onto the path that goes around the south side of the building.
    3. Turn left into the doors directly before the set of stairs on the path.

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • Head west, to the end of the roundabout on University Blvd and turn right towards the sign saying AMS Student Nest. Keep to the right.
  • Head to the end of the path and turn left to move around the Old SUB. You will continue to walk around this building and the fences surrounding it.
  • The path will open up into the Student Nest Plaza. Turn left to the ramp, then turn right to head north and follow the path by the tall trees.
  • Turn right to head east at the path before the statue of the woman holding up a torch.
  • Follow this path until you see the Student Recreation Centre on your right.

To the UBC Aquatic Centre

  • Head to the end of the roundabout on University Blvd and turn right towards the sign saying AMS Student Nest. Keep to the right.
  • Head to the end of the path and turn left to move around the Old SUB. You will continue to walk around this building and the fences surrounding it.
  • The path will open up into the Student Nest Plaza. Turn left to the ramp, then turn right to head north and follow the path by the tall trees.
  • Turn right to head east at the path before the statue of the woman holding up a torch.
  • Follow this path until you see the Student Recreation Centre on your right.
  • Right before you reach the Student Recreation Centre, turn right along the path with fences lined with “Welcome to the new UBC Pool”. Follow the path and the UBC Aquatic Centre will be on your left.

Tai Chi is more than it appears.

 

Stress is one of a student’s greatest enemies. We are always looking for ways to deal with and defeat stress. Simply watching the Tai Chi class go through their motions and forms made me feel calm and relaxed. I can only imagine how much more effective it would be to participate.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn how Tai Chi is much more than it seems. Every motion has a purpose and a martial application without appearing to do so.

When Tai Chi was founded, Martial Arts were banned by the Chinese government. It was designed to look passive and calm while still possessing powerful martial capabilities. With a focus on balancing your inner chi and finding the center of your body, you can defend yourself from a variety of attacks with very little strength.

“There’s no such thing as advanced movements, only advanced understanding of basic movements”

The instructor Lucas says that “It is important that whatever you train yourself to do in a self-defense class is realistic”. Tai Chi is meant to deal with random and unpredictable attacks quickly and efficiently. The class is structured for all abilities as “there’s no such thing as advanced movements, only advanced understanding of basic movements”. You will learn and build upon basic skills and continually develop how to apply them.

There is still space available in the class and it is a great way to relax your mind and body while learning effective and useful skills. Registration closes on January 15th so make sure to save your spot today.

What is Krav Maga?

When I stepped through the doors of the dojo into the Krav Maga class, I had no idea what to expect.

The instructors James and Louisa, explained how Krav Maga differs from other martial arts and that they would be able to teach everyone in the room how to defend against attackers in a variety of situations no matter what your size or strength.

 

Several of the attendees seemed a bit skeptical at first, however, after Louisa flipped James over her head in defense of an imitated attack, they were immediately engaged.

Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art with a focus on realistic fight training. It is meant to serve you in real world situations and is extremely efficient.

By targeting the weak spots of your opponent and using their own strength against them, you are able to overpower your opponent and escape an attack.

There is a focus on maximizing efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible while simultaneously maintaining awareness of surroundings in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, and objects that could be used to defend or help attack.

 

 

“This is real world, real life, stuff that we will teach you.”

Instructor James describes it as “real world, real life stuff “. The class includes instruction on how to deal with multiple attackers, weapons, and a variety of scenarios to best represent the unpredictable nature of an assault.

By the end of the class I witnessed students successfully disarm the instructor in a simulated gun assault, escape a headlock, and incapacitate an attacker.

The skills were simple, easy to learn and very effective. Even as a bystander watching, I felt like I gained valuable information and knowledge about what to do in a hostile situation. The instructors offered hands on assistance to ensure that everything was done safely and correctly.

Krav Maga is unlike any martial art I have ever seen and the class would be a valuable asset to anyone looking to stay active and learn useful skills to stay safe. The registration deadline for instructional classes is January 15th and this class fills up quick. Reserve your spot soon!

UBC Recreation Free Week – January 9 -15, 2017

Drop-in to fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camps, and aquatics classes for free. No experience is required and all abilities can be accommodated. Try as many classes as you want, and register for your favorites!