Athletics & Intramurals


Basketball Open Play

Basketball games and drills are open to all in the college community.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is back at St. John's! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art utilizing throws, positional control, and submissions to neutralize an opponent. The emphasis is on technique as a means to deal with size and power. To achieve superior technique one must be focused, disciplined, humble and creative. Whether your interest is fitness, body awareness, competition, or self-defense, you will benefit from BJJ.  

This class, taught by Aaron Perls: a purple belt instructor at Gracie Barra Santa Fe and professional mixed martial artist. The program is designed to introduce new practitioners to the art, as well as give more advanced practitioners valuable training time.  All ages, body types and fitness levels welcome.



Breathing Meditation

Breathing meditations offer a time in the middle of the week to quiet the mind, using our breath to touch the silence and to simply be. The breath is a tool that can help us not to identify with those thoughts and emotions that threaten our sense of harmony and well being, and to transform them into light. In the understanding that we are all sharing the same air, we dedicate each meditation in service to the Whole, and complete in remembrance of the Unity and the Spirit of Life on the breath. Breathing Meditation is led by Penny Russell. Meetings occur in the Thorpe Room. All are welcome. For more information call ext. 6070.


Campus Games

Several times a year Campus Games take place. These are games that take place anywhere and everywhere on campus and involve much of the college community. Examples of some of the games are: Apocalypse Zombie, glow in the dark Capture the Flag (after seminar!), Murder Mystery Night, glow in the dark dodgeball and 4-square. Be sure to join in the fun!



A classic game with a friendly rivalry between the two St. John’s Colleges in Santa Fe and Annapolis, we play “backyard” croquet, with nine wickets and two stakes. Two teams of two people play against each other. The first team to complete the course is the winner. The leader of the Santa Fe team is the “Grand Marnier,” a position that is assigned every year by the previous “Grand Marnier.” No, it isn’t a drink. Don’t worry, we will teach you the rules. Come play an easy, fun game which has been part of the long tradition of St. John’s College.

Disc Golf

St. John’s College offers a stunning, world class disc golf course sanctioned by the PDGA for interested players. It is a challenging course that travels through the arroyo between the lower dorms and the SAC and is characterized by tight shots through trees. Maps of the course, discs, and rules of play are available at the SAC front desk.


Join one of the oldest clubs on campus! Beginners are welcomed. Classes begin with basic footwork and bladework techniques as well as tactics and strategy. Each class will begin with a review of the previous class followed by a new lesson and bouting. For more information contact Rob Madril at



Ice Hockey

The Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe has extended its student (1/2 price) rate to all St. John’s College students, alumni, faculty, and staff who would like to play in its adult hockey leagues. The leagues form each fall, and range from “A” (elite) to “D” (developmental). Contact Ms. Reahard at Equipment is available and transportation can be arranged.



St. John’s highly-organized and much-beloved intramural program, for both men and women, is a mainstay of the college's extracurricular life. Regardless of skill level, students are able to discover (or re-discover) the joy of amateur athletics in a welcoming setting. Participants emphasize teamwork, exercise, and friendly competition, not rankings. Every student, faculty, and staff member is automatically allocated by name to one of four long-standing intramural teams (though participation is completely voluntary). Teams are: Geometers, Quixotics, Myrimidons, and Olympians. Come and get involved!

The intramural program includes team competition in ultimate Frisbee, flag football, basketball, dodge-ball, 4-square, floor hockey and more. Alumni, siblings, faculty, staff, and even parents may participate. 

Iron Bookworm

The Iron Bookworm workout is an original and unorthodox fitness routine that emphasizes isometric and dynamic body weight exercises. Many of the exercises are imported from other countries. WARNING: this workout is NOT for the faint of heart!


The style is Japanese Wa Dō Ki Kai, a type of Shōtō Kan. People may join this class only at the beginning of the Fall semester. Students wishing to join MUST be present for the first meeting. You may borrow a gi from the SAC for the first two meetings. Karate-Dō is led by Jorge Aigla, tutor, 7th Dan and Kyoshi (head instructor), and Bill Kerr, tutor, 5th Dan (assistant instructor).


Let's Take It Outside!

Come run, walk or hike in our beautiful surroundings of campus during your lunch break! It’s a great way to get together with friends, refresh the mind and body, meet new friends in the college community and capture some vitamin D all at the same time! All levels welcome. Questions? Contact Mary Anne Burke at x6150 or


Medicine Ball Ping-Pong

Join us in the gym for a thrilling hour of medicine-ball throwing: a game of skill, strategy, nimbleness, speed, cunning, and brute strength. Get strong without feeling as though you are working out.

Racquet Sports and Handball

The SAC has two racquetball/squash/handball courts and three tennis courts available for student use. Students may check out racquets, balls, and goggles at the SAC front desk. Please contact ext. 6149 to sign up for an hour play. Tutor Lauren Brubaker has enthusiastically brought the sport of handball to St. John’s College. Handball is a full-body workout with rules similar to those of racquetball, sans racquet. It is played on a standard racquetball court, and requires a ball, protective eyewear and gloves. The SAC provides gloves, balls, and goggles.

Russian Kettle Bells


Russian Kettle bells are the ultimate full-body workout experience. These cast iron weights can replace many other types of weight lifting equipment while allowing the benefits of flexibility, muscle and cardio training to occur simultaneously. 


Soccer Open Play

There has recently been an explosion of interest in open play soccer at St. John’s. It is quickly largest athletic groups on campus. heck the schedule for times. All skill levels welcome and encouraged to join us on the soccer field for some fun and friendly competition!




Steeped in tradition, the game of squash evolved from at least five other sports involving racquets, gloves, and balls, dating back to the twelfth century. Often compared to a physical form of chess, squash requires quick reflexes and encompasses physics, geometry, and athleticism while providing an excellent cardiovascular workout. Call ext. 6150 for information regarding personal lessons with Charles Khan.


Table Tennis

Cross-train you brain with the world's fastest racket/ball sport. Dr. Daniel Amen has called table tennis "the best brain sport ever", and likens it to "aerobic chess." Lessons or open play. Bring your friends or play with the friendly folks of the Santa Fe Table Tennis Club. For more information or to schedule a lesson, contact Bob -



Ultimate Frisbee

The St. John’s College Ultimate Frisbee team, “The Books,” holds regular team practices and competes in tournaments throughout the Southwest. All interested students are encouraged to join, or at least to come find out what the game is all about!

Wonder Woman Workout

Fitness boot-camp for women only; students, faculty, and staff welcome. This class offers strength, core, and cardio training using dumbbells, elastic bands, balance balls, medicine balls, Bosu ball, kettlebells and more. Every class is different—and perfect for women at every level of fitness. 

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:10–1 p.m., in the SAC gymnasium

For more information contact Mary Anne Burke at x6150 or



Yoga For All Levels

This well-rounded, joyful, Vinyasa Yoga class will offer practitioners of all levels creative and mindful sequences to open the heart, calm the mind, strengthen the body, stretch the hamstrings and explore the freedom of play. Modifications and variations of postures are offered to meet students' at their current level and allow them room to grow. Come prepared to sweat, stretch, release and let go! 

Mira was a dancer and dance teacher most of her life, and discovered yoga more than a decade ago while completing her undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College. After a Fulbright Grant to Brazil and then completing her Master's degree in International Relations and Economic Development at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI), Mira completed her first Yoga teacher training and formalized her commitment to the path of empowerment through Yoga. She has been teaching yoga in studios and in private-lesson format for nearly four years, having completed much of her training in San Francisco under the guidance of world-renowned yogi Rusty Wells. Since arriving in Santa Fe in October 2013, Mira has been teaching yoga at BODY and at St. John's College, and has become a regular guest teacher at the local Lululemon store.


Other Activities

Students and faculty also pursue interests in clubs outside of the intramural program in areas such indoor soccer, pottery, dancing, photography, woodworking, indoor climbing, swimming, Olympic weightlifting, disc golf, and more.