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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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2017 Spring Summer Guides Now Available

UBC Recreation is here to get our community moving. We’re proud to offer a variety of programs and activities for everyone of all ages and skill levels. From first time swim lessons for 6-month olds to intramural league sports and Seniors Tennis, and everything in between.

View the 2017 Spring Summer Guide for all the information you need to know to get moving.

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

 

UBC bus loop closes March 6.

The new UBC Bus Exchange located off Wesbrook Mall at University Boulevard partially opens on March 6. Bus stops from the old bus loop, including the popular 99 B-Line, will relocate temporarily to Wesbrook Mall on March 6.

Bus stops making the move include 25, 33, 41, 43, 49, 99 B-Line, and 480. The stops will relocate until construction of the new UBC Bus Exchange is completed in May 2017. The popular 99 B-Line stop will move to the entrance of the new UBC Bus Exchange.

Please note:

The sidewalks along Student Union Blvd and Wesbrook Mall are now closed. Detour routes around the Student Recreation Centre and new Aquatic Centre are provided as shown in the map. The old bus loop is the site of the future Gage South student residence.

Plan your trip at transportation.ubc.ca.

 

To War Memorial Gym

  • Walk south towards the Student Recreation Centre
  • Walk past the Student Recreation Centre along the construction fences towards the new UBC Aquatic Centre
  • Follow the path past the UBC Aquatic Centre and continue past the new UBC Bus Exchange
  • War Memorial Gym is directly in front of you.

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 directly in front of you.

To the Student Recreation Centre

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

To War Memorial Gym

  • Walk south towards the Student Recreation Centre
  • Walk past the Student Recreation Centre along the construction fences towards the new UBC Aquatic Centre
  • Follow the path past the UBC Aquatic Centre and continue past the new UBC Bus Exchange
  • War Memorial Gym is directly in front of you.

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 directly in front of you.

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 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.
  • Walk through 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”
    • Walk up the steps into the gym foyer - crossing the foyer, and exiting on the north end of the building and walking down the steps towards the new UBC Bus Exchange
  • Continue north on the path towards and you'll see the new UBC Aquatic Centre directly in front of you.

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • 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.
  • Walk through 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”
    • Walk up the steps into the gym foyer - crossing the foyer, and exiting on the north end of the building and walking down the steps towards the new UBC Bus Exchange
  • Continue north on the path towards the UBC Aquatic Centre.
  • Pass the UBC Aquatic Centre and the Student Recreation will be 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.

No hot water available at the Student Recreation Centre

UPDATED March 15, 2017 at 2:30PM: Hot water is now working at the Student Recreation Centre

We are currently experiencing issues at the Student Recreation Centre with our hot water. There is currently no hot water available in the facility. We are looking into this problem and will post an update when we can. Apologies for any inconveniences this may cause.

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.