Action-packed spring semester awaits LU's taekwondo team
December 13, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Over the past five seasons under the direction of Head Coach Tom Childress, Liberty University's taekwondo team has developed a family culture, with all of the athletes having each other's backs and supporting one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
"It feels like this is one big family rather than just a team of people doing a sport that they enjoy," junior captain Joseph Tapia said.
"I feel like the team has really grown," sophomore Lauren Western added. "The dynamic is really great this year. We're getting really close. Everybody's checking up on each other and pray for each other's needs. I'm really excited for … what 2020 has for the team."
"Everyone's really worked hard and the coaches work us really hard," said freshman Phillip Muddiman, one of many team members who have earned new color belts or higher degrees of black belts this fall. "Having that bond within the team, everyone's there to support each other and help each other to grow."
After a successful fall semester, the Flames and Lady Flames are gearing up for an action-packed spring.
"It's going to be a long and hard semester, we're going to have a lot on our plates to work with, between classes and practice," Tapia said. "We're going to go to four tournaments, all up and down the East Coast, anywhere from Vermont to New Hampshire and down to Duke and we may be hosting one. Obviously, we're all looking forward to going to (the April 3-5 NCTA National Championships in Berkeley,) California. That's something that we're always working toward."