Kickboxing at IHM
Brother Louis Marie and Professor Grinstead graciously gave Sister Maria Philomena an interview about their activities with the junior and senior high school boys. Our readers might also enjoy reading an article "Violent Arts & Gentle Souls" that Sister accidentally found -- it ties in quite nicely.
You have been training the boys in touch football, soccer, and volleyball. What made you decide to add kickboxing?
Brother Louis Marie: The third quarter has always been a problem; Professor and I felt we were tempting God by playing soccer on icy ground and uneven terrain. It made me pretty nervous. So, we were looking for an indoor sport that would still prove to be physically exhausting.
Professor Grinstead: As Brother stated, we needed to find an indoor activity where the boys could exhaust themselves. Brother, as a young boy, studied kickboxing, so he had a great appreciation for the mental and physical exhaustion that kickboxing provides. Thanks to the generosity of Steve DeMasco, we were able to get the necessary equipment.
Boxing is a violent sport. What safety measures have you taken?
Brother: We use mouth guards, headgear, 16 oz gloves and a lot of instruction, discipline and practice.
Professor: In addition to the aspects Brother enumerated, it should be noted that both Brother and myself were in the “ring” at all times. This way, if a boy punched incorrectly, turned his back, or, in general, was not sparring correctly, he would be stopped and corrected. In addition, the boys were divided into three weight classes (under 100 lbs, 100-150 lbs, over 150 lbs), and they sparred accordingly.
What values are you hoping to inculcate?
Brother: With any self-defensive sport, it is always encircled by trust, respect, self-control and self-improvement. As you know from seeing the signs of the times, we live in a very self-gratifying culture. I would like young men to have met pain and shaken hands with it. If we are raising the future leaders of society, then these boys had better not be strangers to pain and toil. To continue reading, click here.
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Sister Maria Philomena, M.I.C.M.