Advancing in Martial Arts – U.S.-Style
on MAR. / 23 / 2011 | 0 comments
By Master Erica Linthorst
If it’s advancement in martial arts you seek, this would be the path. If it’s deeper knowledge of higher techniques, pressure points, weapons, this would be a part of your journey. If you’re interested in martial arts business management and curriculum development, you should study here. If it’s more advanced competition techniques, understanding of competition rules, judging and refereeing, then you should follow this program.
“What’s it all about?” you may wonder. On Saturday, December 18, 2010 representatives from Amerstate University (Racine, Wisconsin), came to the NY/NJ metropolitan area to discuss their very special offering: a 2-year Master’s in Science Degree Program, provided on-campus or via distance learning.
The information session was chaired by Grandmaster Sangho Cho (center), who energetically led the attendees through the history of Amerstate, its stated goals and implementation of courses, and the efforts its leadership are making currently to forge into the frontier of martial arts education in the United States. President Kim, himself a PhD in nuclear physics, said that he sees great value in obtaining a recognized degree in the widely- growing field of martial arts.
You may question who is a candidate, who is eligible for this program? When does it start? What are the requirements for graduation and the costs? Naturally, all the detailed answers appear on the website http://www.auwi.org/ or can be discussed by phoning 262-635-0614. Good news – there is rolling admission!
In short, one mission of this University, is to build martial arts into the public school
physical education programs. It may interest you to know that some of Amerstate graduates have already begun to do this successfully in their home states! If you own a dojang, or hope to do so you would be a candidate. If you have graduated from high school and have 4th dan certification or above in martial arts or are a certified master instructor or have 12 years of teaching experience, you can qualify. If you aspire to a quality higher level of education, this is just the ticket. If you seek advancement in the
martial arts, then Amerstate University is the place for you.
Yes – there is now a scattering of schools around the country with martial arts majors – many more boasting martial arts clubs. (This pales in the light of the 75+ universities in Korea with such a curriculum.) However, at the time of this writing, these other schools in the United States require on-campus study only. Sadly, this greatly limits many potential students who also work full or part-time in martial arts already. Future plans for Amerstate U. include expanding to include Bachelor and PhD programs. For anyone interested, there is also an ESL Program – especially designed for foreign or non-native English language candidates.