COVID-19 Update

The IMA Building and its nearby courts and fields – including Crags Indoor Climbing Center, IMA Pool, and outdoor Field # 1, Sand Volleyball Courts, and South Tennis Courts – will remain closed through the end of the year. This decision was made after clarification on Governor Inslee’s latest guidance.

Please continue to check UW Recreation’s website for updates and use the UW’s COVID-19 website to stay current. There are still virtual options available to students with the Rec Class Pass, Personal Training, or UWild Adventures.


Badminton (Not offered Summer Quarter)

This class is intended to introduce badminton to beginners and to improve basic skills for students with some prior badminton experience. Students will learn and practice the basic strokes (clear, drive, drop and net), standard drills to improve footwork, and the strategies employed in singles and doubles play.

Rowing (Not offered Winter Quarter) (Cancelled Fall 2019)

This class is aimed at beginners (those who have never rowed) and low-level intermediates (those who have only rowed a short time and wish to improve their technique). Students will learn the basics of the rowing stroke as well as the basic coxing commands. The majority of the class time will be spent in a boat on the water so that participants can get as much experience and personal attention as possible. Topics to be covered include rowing safety, rowing techniques, coxing mechanics, and methods of body strengthening and injury prevention that pertain to rowing.

Squash: International (Not offered Summer Quarter) (Cancelled Fall 2019)

The beginner/advanced beginning class will introduce the basic strokes, pace vs. control shots, court serve, rules and strategy.

Tennis: Beginner

The beginner class introduces players to the forehand, backhand, serves and volley, and teaches students how to keep score in a game. This class is for players with little or no tennis background.

Tennis: Advanced Beginner

The advanced beginner class gives a review of forehand and backhand ground strokes, serve and net game, as presented in the beginning class. Emphasis is given on increasing control and length of rallies with drills geared to play situations. Time for playing is increased. This class is for students who have taken a beginning class before.

Tennis: Intermediate

The intermediate class is geared to players who have good consistency in hitting their forehand, backhand, ground strokes and can keep a rally going. Players at this level should have had some exposure to net play and will work on refinement of the volley, overhead and approach shots. In addition, there is an emphasis on improving court
coverage and strategy.


Martial Arts  (not offered Summer Quarter)


Aikido is among the modern disciplines of self-defense derived from the various forms of jujitsu (armed and unarmed) practiced in Feudal Japan. It’s principal aim is to avoid clashing directly with an opponent’s strength and force by blending and redirecting their energy with flowing spherical movements. At all levels of training, Aikido provides an effective means for personal development and growth. Instruction in the use of the Japanese sword (bokken) and Jo (staff) are a part of training.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian jiu jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force them to submit, most commonly through a choke or a joint lock. Having originally evolved from judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu places a much greater emphasis on newaza, or groundwork. Much of the technique of Brazilian jiu jitsu is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.
Brazilian jiu jitsu is an ideal martial art for men and women of all stature, as using superior technique and leverage to control and overcome opponents of greater size, strength, and aggression is the keynote of the sport.


Kodokan Judo is a modern, refined form of Jujitsu developed by Dr. Jigorro Kano in the early 1900’s. Judo is not only a form of self-defense, but also a competitive sport and an Olympic event. The objective is to throw the opponent (forward, backward, foot sweeps, etc.). If done well, one point is awarded and the match is over; otherwise the players continue by grappling on the mat (wrestling-type moves) using particular methods of holding, choking and locking of the joints. Literally judo means “gentle or yielding way”, and off-balancing and leverage transcend the use of strength.

Kung Fu

Hung Ga Kuen is a hard style of Kung Fu. Hung Ga is the Tiger-Crane style. Students undergo arduous training to develop speed, balance, and stamina. The style utilizes powerful blocks, punches, and kicks. Hung Ga is an excellent means of developing a strong, healthy body as well as an efficient form of self-defense.

Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art practiced by men and women of all ages and abilities. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of blocking, punching and kicking through basic drills, special forms called Kata and controlled engagement practice. While stamina and body toning are natural results of karate training, many beginners quickly notice increased levels of self-confidence, discipline and determination.


Taekwondo is a modern Korean martial art and combat sport characterized by its emphasis on kicking, footwork, and speed. It is a collegiate rec club and an Olympic sport popular around the world. Taekwondo at UW focuses on fundamentals of sparring, kicking technique, and strategy for all levels of practice. Classes are beginner-friendly and a great way to be introduced to taekwondo fundamentals while improving your flexibility, strength, and overall fitness.

T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi Chuan students practice smooth, graceful movements to strengthen, stretch and relax the muscles and increase circulation. T’ai Chi is a calming exercise, sometimes referred to as the “flowing meditation” which releases stress and promotes health, vitality and longevity. Through these movements, students develop the speed and agility necessary to turn an opponent’s own energy against him.

Questions About Accessibility?

The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. UW Recreation encourages everyone to participate in our department offerings; please contact us at (206) 543-4590 or at for more information on how to get involved. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

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