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Matthew Hamann

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor
Department: Kinesiology

Office: 111h Forker 534 Wallace Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 8728
Email: mhamann@iastate.edu

Courses Taught:

KIN 168 Introduction to Judo- This course teaches the beginning and basic movements and techniques of Judo, roughly translated as the “Gentle Way”.  Judo utilizes your partner’s momentum and lack balance to throw them while using minimal effort. Judo also utilizes ground work or what we call na-waza.  In na-waza, we practice grappling movements such as pins.  The students learn about Japanese and martial arts culture as well as traditions and history.  The students learn the rules for the sport of Judo, traditional movements, as well as discipline, respect, courtesy, and integrity.  The students gain physical improvements such as but not limited to increased flexibility, muscle strength and endurance, as well as self-defense.

KIN 170 Introduction to Taekwondo- Taekwondo is the Korean martial art of kicking and striking.  Students learn about traditional martial arts movements, patterns (forms) or poomse, and self-defense.  The students learn about Korean and martial arts culture, Korean language, as well as discipline, respect, courtesy, integrity, self-control, and indomitable spirit. The students gain physical improvements such as but not limited to increased flexibility, muscle strength and endurance, as well as self-defense.


KIN 171 Intermediate Taekwondo- In this course, we take the information and movements we learned in KIN 170, and apply it to the more intermediate and advanced techniques.  We continue to look at Korean and Taekwondo history/culture as we explore the traditions of Taekwondo as well as the sport of Taekwondo.  Students gain knowledge how to use the beginning and intermediate movements in a competition as well as in a self-defense scenario.  The students are expected to learn the physical and the cognitive sides of Taekwondo.

KIN 173 Self Defense/Hapkido- This class studies the Korean martial art of Hapkido.  This martial art is very similar to the Japanese martial art of Aikido.  We learn about different movements such as throws, joint locks, and strikes; and how we can use them in a self-defense scenario. Students also learn about how to be strong mentally and what to look out for in their everyday lives.  We talk about how to protect ourselves from others, our surroundings, and how to be successful in our scholastic and professional lives. In the class, I emphasis having a positive mental attitude, and how having a positive mental attitude can affect our day.



Professional Activities:

Instructor for Martial Arts Club http://www.cmac.stuorg.iastate.edu/

Adviser for the Kendo Club https://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/site/kendoisu

Treasurer for the State of Iowa Black Belt Association (SIBBA)

Vice President for Midwest Collegiate Taekwondo Committee (MCTC)



6th Degree black belt in Taekwondo

3rd Degree black belt in Hapkido

2nd Degree black belt in Judo

Other martial arts studied- Japanese Jujutsu, Aikido, Kendo, Iaido, and Kenjutsu.

Background in security service