KIN faculty Dr. Gong Chen presented a workshop on “self-defense at knife attack” for about 20 physical educators at the Bay Area CAHPERD annual conference this past weekend, Nov 3-4, 2018. The events was hosted by the Dept. of Kinesiology, SJSU with Dr. Daum and Dr. Chen helping to lead to some of the proceedings. Participants indicated that they gained hands-on experience with several research-based self-defense skills, got a lot of exercise during the practice, and had fun while learning. Trifecta!
About 20 female students participated in the workshop. Students learned key mental strategies on preventing violent crimes and had hands-on experience defending themselves at different physical attacks.
Dr. Chen has been conducting research and lectures on self-defense education as a different perspective on enhancing health and wellness.
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 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).