Class Act

Class Act

Honors Program students stand barefoot in the Rec Center ready to practice the martial art Kuk Sool Won. Hands rotate counter clockwise then swing upward, legs jut into stretches and dips, bodies make quarter turns — each movement graceful yet strong. The physical lesson is an entrée to an ethos Dr. Michael Monahan teaches the philosophy students. They add readings and journaling, a confluence of mind and body practices. “You don’t want to read about martial arts,” he says. “You only want to do it. The repetition is central to thinking about what it’s like to work really hard at something. You encounter your limitations in a pretty profound way.”

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