Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to apply to the MAGMA Martial Arts Academy, Asia Pacific Open University

by Malaysian Martial Arts Grand Masters' Association (MAGMA) on Thursday, 30 June 2011 at 17:04

Introduction
The MAGMA Martial Arts Academy (MMAA) is a faculty founded under the auspices of the Asia Pacific Open University (APAC) by the Malaysian Martial Arts Grand Masters’ Association (MAGMA) to provide quality theoretical and practical martial arts applications martial arts practitioners.

The faculty was set up in 2009 by MAGMA, an associative body of martial arts instructors from all over Malaysia. MAGMA has a membership spanning 45 martial styles with a membership totaling 500,000 people.

With the overwhemling support of these organisations, the MMAA/APAC  has launched Diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs in martial arts, encompassing self-defence, culture, arts, sports, self-development, medicine and many more.

To qualify for the MMAA/APAC educational programs, candidates need to be involved in a martial art school for a certain period of time and attend MMAA/APAC organised courses in addition to preparing a thesis paper on their research into the martial arts. Only the highest ranking and experienced teachers in a school are allowed to apply for the doctorate program. The theses produced by the graduates will be archived to enable and enhance local documentation into the martial arts.

History
Martial arts in Malaysia and around the world have existed for as long as mankind has needed to defend and develop themselves. Unfortunately, as higher learning institutions began creating academic programs into the social and scientific realms of though, the martial arts were left out of the opportunity to be raised to the same level.

There have been several efforts worldwide to academically institutionalise martial arts, but none have been far-reaching or globalising. It took the concerted efforts of the founding members of MAGMA and APAC representatives to coordinate and develop the MMAA/APAC partnership and develop the educational programs offerred to the public.

In 2011, MMAA/APAC produced the world’s pioneer batch of martial arts university graduates from various styles and schools. MMAA/APAC is now firmly poised to change how martial arts is viewed in Malaysia and throughout the world. The university will begin setting up sattelite learning centres in Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei before launching its programs globally.

Programs Offered & Requirements
Diploma in Martial Arts (Dip. Ma)
Requirements
  1. Active in martial arts for 3 or more years, or have trained exceeding 90 contact hours
  2. Letter of confirmation of the above requirement from martial arts association or head master
  3. Attend 3 core courses
  4. Attend  2 elective courses
  5. Prepare an assignment on your selected martial arts school
Fees
MYR3,850.00

Bachelor Degree in Martial Arts (B. Ma)
Requirements
  1. Active in martial arts for 5 or more years, or have trained exceeding 120 contact hours
  2. Letter of confirmation of the above requirement from martial arts association or head master
  3. Attend 3 core courses
  4. Attend  2 elective courses
  5. Prepare a theses on a concept within your martial arts school
Fees
MYR5,950.00

Master Degree in Martial Arts (B. Ma)
Requirements
a.     Active in martial arts for 10 or more years, and holds an instructor or master status
b.    Letter of confirmation of the above requirement from martial arts association or head master
  1. Attend 3 core courses
  2. Attend  2 elective courses
  3. Prepare a theses on a concept within your martial arts school
Fees
MYR7,600.00

Doctor in Martial Arts (D. Ma)
Requirements
a.     Active as an instructor or master in martial arts for than 1 5 years
  1. Letter of confirmation of the above requirement from martial arts association or head master
  2. Attend 3 core courses
  3. Attend  2 elective courses
  4. Prepare a theses on your selected martial arts school
Fees
MYR10,350.00

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Requirements
a.     Active as an instructor or master in martial arts for than 1 5 years
  1. Letter of confirmation of the above requirement from martial arts association or head master
  2. Attend 3 core courses
  3. Attend  2 elective courses
  4. Prepare a theses on your selected martial arts school
Fees
MYR13,850.00

Core Courses
  • Foundations in Anatomy & Physiology and Emergency Aid
  • Adat & Adab Melayu and Academic Research Methods
  • Melayu Physiotherapy & Herbal Therapy
Elective Courses
Elective courses are theoretical and practical intensive martial arts training taught by MAGMA masters
  • Seni Silat Kegayungan Acheh Helang Putih
  • Seni Silat Lian Padukan
  • Seni Silat Setiabakti
  • Free-Style Martial-Art & Self-Defence Club
  • Seni Silat Kuntau Selendang Merah
  • Shudokan Aikido
  • Silat Melayu Keris Lok 9
  • Seni Silat Gayang Lima
  • Seni Silat Sendeng Jebak Purba

How do I apply?
  1. Download the application form here: http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/2/8/751081/Borang%20Kemasukan%20ASBM.pdf
  2. Fill in, scan and send the form to nadzrin@asiapacific-ou.com.
  3. Bank in RM150 registration fee to Maybank 1142 7117 8251 or CIMB 1438 000 638 6528 under this name: Mohd Nadzrin bin Abdul Wahab.
  4. Send the original copy by poslaju or registered mail to: SMC Innovations, 108, Jalan DM3/3, Taman Desa Mas, 48000, Rawang, Selangor.

We will contact you regarding your application and provide further information and requirements for the program you have applied for.

Questions?
Please email nadzrin@asiapacific-ou.com if you have any questions relating to the program.

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