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This class is the most physically rigorous class I have ever taken. Sifu Ed is a light to this world. He is a very considerate professor and cares deeply about his students. To my understanding, all theater students take his movement class now and it is not split up between professors. It is a conditioning class where you learn stage combat and mindfulness if Sifu Ed is your teacher. His mindfulness techniques are useful especially as actors. I think the class should always be taught in 1350, 2330 is too small and stuffy. You will sweat. It's overall a great workout, just not easy. He's very mindful of injuries and/or exhaustion/sickness. He will never push you too far. He's an excellent teacher. The class rigor academically is a lot of memorization and quite a lot of reading considering the class is physically exhausting. However, it is UCLA and an "academic" class still, so you will memorize and comprehend a good amount of applicable material. Keep in mind that if you're planning your course load. There is homework. To synthesize, you will sweat, read, memorize, mediate, and be very sore. It's good for you and Sifu Ed is the real deal.
This class is a piece of work, lemme tell you. I got so annoyed when I found out TFT was splitting us up into 2 acting groups, specifically when I found out that the group that didn't get this professor got to learn how to juggle and do yoga for the whole class. Our class however, with this professor, did quite the opposite. We had to read two books in deep detail: Tao of the Jeet Kune Do and Fully Present, to the point where you would have to verbatim rewrite key concepts or ideas down on two open essay tests. There were 15 questions on each open essay test so it will take you the entire class period. My buddy got a D- on the first one. We had like three quizzes in this class as well, so there was a lot of memorizing. Know your anatomy and kinesthetics. Outside of all the written work that's really poorly described in class, you also have some crazy physical tests. 2 hours of intense, rigorous conditioning including combat with a partner. Yep, take a painkiller beforehand. You're gonna loathe the number of times you are bear crawling on the ground. I will say that the only thing I got out of this class was that I was ripped by the end of it. I also had a better understanding of meditation as well because I read the textbook. SO there is a way to see this class in a better light than it may appear at face value, but you have to really try. The amount of effort everyone put into this class should have gotten more than 2 units of credit. This was one of my hardest classes, and I was taking GEs. It was so wack. Also, another thing, I got a tardy one time even though I had a doctor's note that I showed him. He really hates absences or tardiness. I only missed one class, and I felt alienated throughout the entire quarter. He treats this class as if it's your only class, which likely isn't true since you're a TFT student probably taking more than 19 units. Good luck!