ENS Feature- Martial Arts and Self-Defense

Martial Arts and Self-Defense SpotlightMA 1

 One of San Diego State’s hidden gems is the martial arts classes offered each semester. With 6 different varieties you are bound to find one that fits your style. Get an Exercise and Nutritional Science unit that works with your schedule; multiple sections of these classes are offered each semester, keeping the class sizes low and interactive. This month the spotlight shines on Woman’s Self-Defense, sorry boys.

With all tMA 3he Crime Alerts that have been going on lately, we highly recommend that students take advantage of these classes.

This semester-long course may start off with a pillow fight but you will soon leave knowing the fundamentals of woman’s safety with your head held high. You leave class with a greater knowledge of self-defense moves. The 50-minute class keeps you moving and grooving with a variety of group and partner exercises the entire time. Did we forget to mention it’s a great work out that will sure kick your butt! (No pun intended)

Don’t have time for another class?
With a group of 10 or more, you are eligible to host a private self-defense class at the location of your choice on campus. In other words, we can bring the class to you! This is great for clubs, sports teams, and Greek organizations. This two and a half hour session will provide you with the skills you need to protect yourself while also being fun, physical, and great for team-building! Come and learn practical skills that could save a life. Contact us today for special group rates!


All About the Instructor John Ramos:

Sensei Ramos, otherwise known as John, started out his lifelong martial arts journey in Maui Hawaii. His love for the sport all started when his father taught him a form of Jiu Jitsu known has Danzan-ryu. This led him to his collegiate wrestling career. He not only studied all the different forms of martial arts, he currently holds a fourth degree black belt in Jiu Jistsu and third degree in Judo. It is safe to say, you are in good hands.

In order to register, similar to any other class, log into your web portal, click on Exercise and Nutritional Sciences you will see the list of sections under ENS 138.


Article by: Jessica Lewis


Mix up your old workout routine and get involved in a Recreation Class through the ARC! Judo begins on October 15th, so you have plenty of time and no excuse not to be there! This class is held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10/15 – 11/19 in the Mat Room of Peterson Gym.

This beginning study of grappling Martial arts is a great workout and introduction into traditional Kodokan Judo. There is a heavy emphasis on practical Judo/Jiu Jitsu as well, since the instructor, John Ramos, is a fourth (Yodan) degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu. These weekly classes will also grant students experience with command and control techniques derived from the art of Dumong, a traditional Filipino style of wrestling.

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Rec Class Lead Aimee Orozco had the opportunity to speak with Sean Papenhausen, a dedicated Judo student about his experience with this form of martial arts and recreation classes through the ARC.

1.) Are you an SDSU student? If so, what year are you and what is your major?

Yes, I am a junior at SDSU and I am majoring in Environmental Engineering.

2.) How many semesters have you participated in the ARC’s Judo Rec Class?

I have been a member of the Judo Rec class for six semesters.

3.) Why did you choose Judo over all of the other Martial Arts?

I chose judo because it teaches the fundamental skills involved in all martial arts; balance, timing, and how to defend against or redirect an opponent’s movement.

4.) Have you made new friends/relationships/connections because of the class? Please explain.

Yes, since I joined the class I have gone to several tournaments including a Karate tournament in Ocean Beach were students of many different art forms compete in a sparring match where you earn points based off of how many times you strike your opponent. I met people from many different areas, some of which had even been international competitors and had participated in the Olympics.

5.) What is the most rewarding part of Judo?

I find that the most rewarding aspect of participating in judo is the level of confidence I have in myself. Since I started, I no longer fear speaking and/or interacting with other people and I can even speak in front of large groups of people, an action that I had previously thought impossible.

6.) What is your current belt ranking? Have you moved up in your time at Rec Judo?

I started out from scratch, having no experience in any form of martial arts and have since received the rank of Son Que Brown. In another few months I hope to achieve the next rank.

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Interview By: Aimee Orozco
Photos By: Jared Kebler
Article By: Kayla Heaviside