Winterim is the centerpiece of Lawrence Academy's commitment to immersive education -- learning in the concrete and physical world of activity as a complement to learning in the vicarious and symbol-filled world of traditional classrooms.
The program is an opportunity to explore a wider range of subjects and skills than is otherwise possible in a regular classroom. In that spirit, student reporters assist the LA communications staff in covering their classmates experiences, while gaining some experience of their own.
For a more historical perspective, check out the 2016 and 2015 Winterim Blogs (posted together below). You may also view our students' 2014 Winterim Blog here, 2013 Winterim Blog, the 2012 Winterim Photo Gallery, and the 2011 Winterim Blog.
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By Becca Magee '18
Groton, MA – One of the more athletic Winterims offered at Lawrence Academy is “Martial Arts”.
In this Winterim, students learn the ancient art of Uechi Ryu at Luth Family Karate in Groton, Mass.
Jennifer Luth, a 5th-degree black belt, is the group’s instructor. She has been practicing karate for twenty-four years and has been working with Lawrence Academy for seven.
When asked why she started studying karate Ms. Luth, who ran road races before taking up martial arts, replies with a grin, “It was my husband's fault.
“He had always wanted to do karate, so he signed us both up without asking me.”
Jamie Comeau, a sophomore at LA, had never done any type of karate or self-defense training prior to this Winterim.
Jamie explains that in just a few days she has learned the San-Chin, worked with nun-chucks, done the bo staffs, and learned some self-defense.
“Working with the nun-chucks is really fun,” she says. “It takes a lot of coordination.”
As typical day for the Martial Arts Winterim is very busy.
At 8:40 AM, all the students are expected to be waiting outside of Waters House, one of LA’s dorms, ready to leave. They arrive at the Dojo around 9:00 AM, and for the next hour, the students go over what they learned the day before.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays they add yoga, and on the other days they continue building upon their karate skills.
At 12:30 PM they leave the Luth dojo and return to campus for lunch. After lunch, the students work on their martial arts movie-making until Winterim concludes at 3:00 PM.
Even with such a packed schedule and lots of hard work, when asked if there was anything Jamie wanted to say about her program, she enthusiastically added, “Everyone enjoys it and we have already gotten out white belt with two green stripes.
“It’s just so fun!”
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