This year, the Sport, Fitness, and Health Program was lucky enough to add a new full-time instructor to its roster: Mark Karman. Mark is our martial arts expert who teaches Judo, Karate, Men’s Self-Defense, and Boxing.
Mark got his start in martial arts around the age of seven. Tired of dealing with after school bullies, he started to learn karate in order to defend himself. Being a “military brat,” Mark moved around quite a bit. In middle school, he picked up wrestling and later on in high school he began learning Tae Kwon Do. In college, he learned Ju-Jutsu through a club here at Ohio State. After joining the Army, Mark started to learn Boxing – where he also became a Level II instructor.
After a number of years with the Army, and a few more martial arts styles learned, Mark finally returned to Ohio State. In his time here, he wants to pass on the knowledge he has gained and hopes that it sparks an interest in others to continuously learn for themselves. He also hopes that by learning any of these forms of martial arts, students will push themselves to get better – be it physically fit or more confident in themselves. For Mark, one of the best things about teaching is seeing a student’s face when they finally perform that move they’ve been working on for weeks.
Students who are interested in learning from Mark will have many opportunities in Autumn 2017. Mark will be teaching five sections of boxing, two sections of Judo (one specifically focused on Ju-Jitsu), two sections of Karate, and two sections of Men’s Self Defense.