Held Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. on the Great Lawn under the Banyan Tree, this club is free and open to everyone. The Martial Art’s mission statement is “to provide opportunities to work out in a friendly and supportive environment and simultaneously achieve better fitness, self-confidence, and self-defense skills.” Thomas Blamey has been the faculty advisor for the club since its creation in 2016. Blamey has experience in leading martial arts groups from his time in San Diego, where he taught martial arts with a master’s degree for several years. Blamey says the club maintains an open-door policy, resulting in an ohana environment.
The club has attracted so much popularity since its start, that it will be offering a for-credit class in the spring of 2019. Blamey will be the instructor of the class, which is worth 1 credit and will extend from Jan. 7 through Feb. 11. The class will be open for non-credit enrollment with a fee of $149 and the club will continue to meet twice a week on campus for its free and open gatherings.
The Martial Arts Club will be holding a free self-defense seminar available to the community on Wednesday, Nov. 14. from 4-5 p.m. on the Great Lawn under the Banyan Tree. Anyone present for the seminar will “learn simple tips to increase awareness and practice effective self-defense techniques,” according to the flyer handed out from the club. Following the seminar will be a screening of the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” All you need are comfortable clothes, a bottle of water, and a positive attitude!