Short Courses

The ANU Sport Short Courses provide the ANU community with a chance to be involved in or host a wellbeing course over several weeks. The purpose of the Short Courses is to provide non-traditional and innovative programs that allow participants to stay fit and healthy whilst learning something new.

See further information below on how to participate or deliver a Short Course!

Participating in a Short Course

Individuals can register to participate in Short Courses via the following links:

Yoga Retreat (30.7-1.8.2021)


Take part in a very special weekend yoga workshop from Friday evening until Sunday on the 30th, 31st July and 1st of August.

We're inviting you to withdraw from the external environment and focus on self-study and self-care, to promote physical activity and emotional wellness in a Hatha/Iyengar yoga style.

The course is suitable for anybody interested in yoga.

A yoga retreat: what is it and why is it good for you?

A retreat has a long tradition and a wide range of meanings: from military to solitary and everything else in between.

In our time and place, retreats are intended to take participants away from their day-to-day pursuits, and distractions, in order to focus on objectives of participants: strategizing for business, research, human resources, team building -- anything really.

Often, retreats are wellness focused: designed for relaxation and unwinding to promote physical, emotional and mental health.

Yoga retreats are plentiful, and can serve many purposes too. Some retreats are "intensives": structured to study specific groups of asanas, others are designed as silent, meditative events.

Session Themes:
NOTE: Please note, all sequences and asanas will be designed and conducted appropriate to participant individual capacity and condition.
30 July - Seated asanas: forward bends and twists; working on quietening the nervous system.
31 July - (Session 1) Standing asanas: to energise the body and stimulate the nervous system.
31 July - (Session 2) Backbends and inversions: to deepen the concentration.
1 August - Bringing it all together: A guided practice session, light lunch (BYO) and Q&A.


30 July - 5.30pm to 7.30pm - Level-3

31 July - 12pm to 2pm (Session 1) - The Dojo 17 July - 3.30pm to 5.30pm (Session 2) - The Dojo

1 August - 11.30am to 2pm - The Dojo Where: ANU Sport, Building 19, North Road, ANU

Who: Anyone!

Cost: $100.00 for ANU Students $120 for ANU Sport Member $140.00 for General Admission

How to register? Click to register for the program





Dancing Through the Ages


The 10-week Dancing through the Ages course, delivered by the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy, is ANU Sport's longest running dance class and the best fun you will have in your week! This event starts on Saturday 31 July and then runs for 10 Saturdays through the 2nd semester from 2:30pm-5:30pm-a full afternoon of fun! Keep fit and make friends while learning dances from the Renaissance and Baroque eras through to the time of Jane Austen, Dickens and beyond. Learn dances in all sorts of formations, rhythms and styles, exploring 500 years of romance & passion! No partner, previous dance experience or special clothes necessary. Top teacher caters for all levels and makes joining in easy.

When: Saturdays (31 July - 30 Oct), 2:30-5:30pm

Who: Anyone!

Cost: $120 for ANU Students, $160 general

How to register? Click HERE to register for the program


Introduction to Mitt Work


No matter what form of combat sport you’re into (or want to get into), mittwork is a must. This four-week course will take you through a range of drills using focus mitts, thai-pads and kickshields to improve your offensive skills (punches, kicks, angles, combinations), hone your defences (blocking, parrying, slipping, rolling) and give you practice moving against a live person in a safe, cooperative environment. This course is suitable for all people of any level of skill, any level of fitness. It is a stand-alone course, but students wanting to continue after the four weeks are welcome to keep training with the ANU Kung Fu club.

When: Wednesdays 5pm-6pm, 11 Aug-1 Sept

Who: Anyone!

Cost: $50 for ANU Students, $60 for gym members, $80 general

How to register? Click to register for the program


Beginners Judo


The aim of the course is to give participants an appreciation of the techniques and skills of Judo as well as gaining actual skills and improving fitness. The classes will tend to be practical rather than theoretical. Attendees will learn how to break-fall, with a fair mix of throwing and grappling techniques. The classes will be taught in the dojo and attendees can wear a Judogi (judo uniform) or loose clothing with a football strength top. Attendees should ensure finger and toenails are cut short. The beginners’ courses will cover many aspects of Judo but emphasis will be placed on gaining practical Judo skills rather than trying to cram a lot of techniques into a short course. Revision of techniques will occur in all classes to ensure you master the basics.

When: Thursdays 8-9pm

Who: Anyone!

Cost: $60 for ANU Students, $75 for gym members, $90 general

How to register? Click HERE to register for the program




The Australian National University Jujutsu Club (ANUJJC) Short Course is a great way to be introduced to and learn traditional Japanese jujutsu. This martial art originated during Japan’s feudal era and its purpose was to defend against armed and unarmed opponents. No previous martial arts experience is necessary. The training is not directed towards competition; instead you will work together in a cooperative environment to learn and improve your abilities.

Traditional jujutsu is the foundation for most modern unarmed Japanese martial arts and is suitable for men and women – it does not depend on strength and speed, but instead relies on good technique and an understanding of human biomechanics. The ANUJJC is a member of the International Jujutsu Institute (IJJI), and has been affiliated with the ANU since 1976.

Club Contact: anuexecatijji [dot] org [dot] au

When: Mon 2 Aug - Wed 22 Oct, Mon & Wed 7:30-8:30pm

Who: Anyone!

Cost: $180 for ANU Students, $210 general

How to register? Click HERE to register for the program


Swing Dancing


Our four-week course will teach you some introductory moves and technique that will allow you to build your confidence and provide the foundations and confidence to start taking weekly classes if you're keen, and will provide the basis for you to take your dancing to the social floor.

Comfortable shoes (most swing dancers don’t wear heels), water bottle, snacks, deodorant, spare t-shirt, small towel, band aids – swing dancing is exercise, and you may well break a sweat, so be prepared.

Got a friend you've been trying to coax along to weekly lessons? This is the perfect chance for them to try pressure-free, and in no time we'll have them hooked on this wonderful world of swing dancing that we all love.

No need to register with a partner (although you can!). We rotate partners throughout the workshop – a great way to meet new people, all sharing the same fun learning experience.

When: Mondays 2-3pm, 9 - 30 August

Who: Anyone!

Cost: $40 for ANU Students, $60 general

How to register? Click HERE to register for the program


Delivering a Short Course

Short Courses can be run by ANU clubs or commercial businesses. ANU Sport offers two program structures in which clubs or businesses can deliver their program.

Option 1: Managed by the club/business

The club/business is responsible for the organisation, promotion, management of ticket sales, facility hire and delivery of the course. The club/business pays ANU Sport an administration fee for promotional assistance. 

Option 2: Managed by ANU Sport

ANU Sport administers the course and pays a facilitator fee to the club/business that covers their instructor costs. ANU Sport is responsible for all administration and operational costs of the course and will retain all income from ticket sales. The club/business is responsible for the delivery of the course.

For more information on how to run or be involved in a short course please fill in the request form below or email Sport Officer - Student Engagement Programs, Britt Tully (britt [dot] tullyatanu-sport [dot] com [dot] au).

Request Form

If you are wanting to organise or get involved in a program for 2021, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can do our best to accommodate.