The virtues of martial arts: A follow up


Following the publication of our article extolling the virtues of more martial arts courses on campus for Skyline students, we were contacted by James Haddon, Skyline’s very own wrestling coach.

Haddon informed us that there will, in fact, be a muay thai class taught on campus in the summer. The class will be a four-week long course, scheduled Monday through Thursday, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:05 p.m.

Haddon also informed us that he is has requested Skyline allow for the inclusion of Jiu-Jitsu classes in next year’s curriculum. If Jiu-Jitsu is added to the available courses he will be teaching wrestling, muay thai and jiu-jitsu. While the jiu-jitsu class hasn’t been verified as being available yet, the muay thai class already has a CRN code for student enrollment.

For those who are not familiar with muay thai, it is a striking martial art originating from Thailand, and is widely considered to be one of the most effective martial arts when it comes to striking and stand-up. Jiu-jitsu, on the other hand, is a grappling martial art originating from Japan that was altered by the Gracie family of Brazil in the early 20th century.

Hopefully Skyline students will be taking advantage of the new muay thai class this summer so that jiu-jitsu will be added to the course selection in the coming years.