As Catholics, we believe in the importance of caring for the whole person - mind, spirit and body. We know the importance of the physical, which is emphasized even in our Liturgy with aromatic incense, the processions & prostrations, & the action of covering ourselves with the sign of the Cross, to name a few examples.
Particularly in adolescence, when the body is growing rapidly, the hormones & chemicals are finding balance, & the need for movement is greater, we want to teach our students proper outlets for their energy.
Studies have shown that physical activity is closely linked to mental focus, & that starting the day off with healthy activity can increase attention & respectful behavior throughout the day.
Although we will be training in various forms of athletic disciplines corresponding with the current module, martial arts will be a regular pursuit. The martial arts have proven to increase self-control, respect, focus, & endurance. Mr. Eidle, who has studied wrestling since age 5 as well as Brazilian Ju Jitsu, Krav Maga, & Capoeira, will be guiding the students in the martial arts, with instruction in Latin and Greek, each morning from 7:45 until 8:30 a.m.
For students who are interested, we will also take advantage of the local Police Athletic League's evening classes in fitness, boxing, & archery for a nominal fee. For those who live locally, transportation to these activities may be provided or arranged by the school.