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ERIC Number: ED190185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
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KI-Aikido for Handicapped Students at Leeward Community College: Theory and Practice.
MacGugan, Kirk
In an effort to provide physical education instruction for handicapped students, Leeward Community College implemented, on a pilot basis, a non-credit course in KI-Aikido, an oriental martial art which combines theory and exercise toward the goal of controlling the body through the power of the mind. The course, offered to both handicapped and non-handicapped students, emphasized four theories: (1) the body can be controlled through the mind such that a quiet inner power can be called upon to perform physical commands without stress or strain; (2) mind and body can be collapsed through inner concentration; (3) a great deal of practice is necessary to maintain this mind/body relationship; and (4) through this concentration and practice, students, within certain physical limitations, can perform greater physical feats than they thought possible. After a year's implementation, it was concluded that the course is indeed appropriate for handicapped students and that the study of KI-Aikido reveals a universality in learning theory which unites the intuitive discoveries of Asian culture with the scientific discoveries of Western culture. Included in the document is an examination of the theory of KI-Aikido and its relationship to western centralist and peripheral educational theories. (JP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Rehabilitation Act 1973