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Trio of tae kwon do team members promoted to black belts

September 28, 2017  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Liberty University's tae kwon do team held its first ever black belt testing and promotions this past Saturday in the team's new training facility at River Ridge Mall.

Graduate students April Handog and Leah Deaton and junior Thomas Siff all passed their black belt tests under supervision from Master Robert Fujimura, a Liberty alumnus, who serves as president of the Rochester (N.Y.) Taekwondo Club. Fujimura's son, Jacob, also traveled from New York to assist with the testing along with Lady Flames senior black belt Sadie Newton, an assistant to Liberty Head Coach Tom Childress who was unavailable for the promotion ceremony.

Liberty athletes (counter-clockwise from top left) Thomas Siff, April Handog, Leah Deaton, and Sadie Newton pose with Master Robert Fujimura (a Liberty alumnus).

Liberty's tae kwon do team, which has grown to 37 members this season, now includes 14 black belts — with Handog, Deaton, and Siff joining seniors Newton, Moriah Martin, Michael Personius, juniors Tyler Creese and Andrew Haack, and sophomores Megan Carswell, Brittany Harris, Samuel Lim, Daniel Pate, Clint Stinchcomb, and Shelby Wilson.

The tae kwon do teams share their new training facility, located on the second floor of the former Macy's building at River Ridge Mall, with Liberty's men's and women's wrestling teams and men's and women's crew teams. The Flames and Lady Flames' former facility, the Wiseman Wrestling Room, was demolished in May to make room for more temporary stands for Liberty's 44th Commencement and clear the south end of Williams Stadium, which is being expanded as the football team transitions to the FBS level.

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