Self-defense instructor training at Shandong Province with Dr. Chen.

Self-defense instructor training at Shandong Province

Dr. Gong Chen from San Jose State University lectured a two-day self-defense instructor training workshop at Shandong University in June 2016. This workshop was organized by Shandong Department of Education, sponsored by Shandong Physical Education Association, and hosted by Shandong University. The purpose of the workshop was to provide training for teachers from high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in Shandong Province so that they can develop the self-defense curriculum and teach self-defense classes at their schools. Professors from different universities in Shandong also participated in the workshop.

Dr. Chen teaches movement.

Dr. Chen went through mental and physical self-defense strategies and skills as well instructional strategies, and also provided needed teaching materials, including course reader, all PowerPoint, and samples of self-defense for different levels of schools. This is Dr. Chen’s first effort introducing self-defense science and self-defense education to k-12 school in China. In 2009-2010, Dr. Chen was sponsored by California Association of Health, Physical Education, Dance and Recreation and California Health and Physical Education Framework to conduct numerous workshops and lectures at many school districts to train teachers to teach self-defense in California schools.

The purpose was to help California carry the new law that self-defense class must be taught in California schools as a required subject. Dr. Chen and Professor Rui Zhang introduced SmarTough Self-defense into Beijing University in 2002, and to nationwide universities in China through 2004 National University Self-defense Instructor Training Project (a major project in the 10-5 Plan in Ministry of Education).

Kinesiology Department to Offer Coaching Principles Workshop this Winter 2013

The Kinesiology Department at San José State University will be offering coaching workshops this winter.  Two 10-hour weekend workshops are planned.

The first is the Coaching Principles workshop.  Completion of this workshop enables participants to sit for the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) National Certification exam and/or the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Certification exam.  The second workshop is focused on Strength and Conditioning for athletes.
Participants earn 1 continuing education unit (CEU) for each workshop.
  • Coaching Principles ($190 + $60 materials)
    • Friday, 1/11, 6-10pm
    • Saturday, 1/12, 10am-4pm
    • Register by 12/20 or mail postmarked by 12/17
    • Workshop location: Timpany Center: 730 Empey Way; San Jose, CA 95128; 408-283-9036
  • Strength & Conditioning ($250)
    • Saturday, 1/19,10am-4pm
    • Sunday, 1/20, 10am-2pm
    • Register by 1/7 or mail postmarked by 1/4
    • Workshop location: Timpany Center: 730 Empey Way; San Jose, CA 95128; 408-283-9036
To register for the Coaching Principles workshop, please complete the attached registration form and send with credit card information to the address below. Once you are registered, we will send you information on how to obtain the coaching principles text and test materials.
To register for the Strength and Conditioning workshop please complete the registration form and send with credit card information to this address:
International & Extended Studies,
210 N Fourth St, # 301,
San Jose, CA  95112
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Goin’ Global: A Summer Salzburg Adventure


The hills were alive, but not with the sound of music. Rather, they were  alive with thoughts and discussions (morning, noon, and into the wee hours of the night) about global citizenship and how to globalize San Jose State. What am I talking about?

Well, I was fortunate enough to be selected, along with a dozen other SJSU faculty, staff, and administrators, as a 2012 Salzburg Fellow, and attend the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria this summer (Thank you, Dean Bullock!).  For seven days in July we spent many hours (many without internet access, by design) in the castle featured in the Sound of Music film, although Julie Andrews was notably absent, unfortunately.

We attended 2-3 lectures a day on global perceptions of the US, the importance of global citizenship and fostering a global community, the potential for military conflicts over oil in the Pacific, and global sustainability. One of the highlights was an evening presentation/concert dealing with the impact of Louis Armstrong on post-WWII Europe, which featured a speaker delivering a paper with his jazz pianist brother providing brilliant musical interludes. It was the perfect combination of art and research as thought-provoking entertainment. Of course, there was serious business to take care of, as we had a group presentation the final day, and I discovered that even in the beautiful surroundings, my competitiveness could not be restrained. So, my group rocked the schloss (i.e., castle) with our 2030 plan for the US as a “benevolent global player.” In addition, I was the only KIN-related person at the seminar. Since the Olympics were coming up, I had the opportunity to have many late night conversations (Thank you, Stiegl!) about sport, politics, and corporate exploitation.

Now that the semester has started, accompanied by the usual chaos, I’ve taken to reviewing the pages and pages of notes from the lectures every evening, and continuing to think of ways to integrate ideas about global citizenship into my own classes and the KIN department curriculum. I even have a crazy idea of setting up a center related to…well, more on that later. At any rate, the Salzburg Global Seminar was honestly one of the more enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had as an academic, and hopefully my lectures and research will be more globally textured because of my attendance.

by Dr. Theodore Butryn