Keepers of the Flame: Tae kwon do artist Michael Personius
April 19, 2016 | Lynchburg, Va.
On this week's segment of "Keepers of the Flame," Michael Personius, a sophomore third-degree black belt on Liberty University's tae kwon do team, shares his favorite Scripture verse, written by King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."
Personius, who will travel to the University of Colorado in Boulder as one of 11 members of the team competing in this Friday's through Sunday's National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA) Championships, maintains balance in his busy life as a student-athlete through prayer, study, and practice, in order to bring glory to God.
"God tells us we have to learn to balance our lives between school, sports, and our spiritual lives toward Him," he said. "I've learned if we can balance them properly, showing efficiency and effectiveness toward all aspects of life equally, it just shows glory to Him in what we do."
Personius, who gained 14 years of experience in tae kwon do while growing up in Florida, was named MVP of the Flames last season, when he placed in the top eight in his division at the 40th annual national championships held in Newark, Del. At the April 2 ACAT tournament hosted by Virginia Tech, Personius won the heavyweight black belt division title, defeating the top contenders twice.
His goal at this weekend's NCTA Championships is a gold medal in that division.