Gold medalist Limas instills wisdom, supports Liberty’s team
To ensure that Liberty University's tae kwon do team members receive the best possible training, second-year coach Jesse Wilson relies on 9th Dan Grandmaster Ju Hun Kim and the Kim School of Tae Kwon Do to supplement his instruction.
On Sunday, participants had the opportunity to train under Arlene Limas, the first woman to earn a gold medal for the United States tae kwon do team. Limas, who taught freshman Danielle Gallagher at Power Kix Martial Arts in Stafford, Va., led a seminar from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts in downtown Lynchburg, where the Flames hosted their first scrimmage on Saturday.
|Arlene Limas, the United States' first women's gold medalist in tae kwon do, and Liberty head coach Jesse Wilson teamed up to lead a seminar for the Flames on Sunday.|
"We had a great time and it was an honor to work out with her," Wilson said. "I believe that with the insight and support given to me by my instructor, Ju Hun Kim, a former Korean National Champion, and Ms. Limas, a 1988 gold medalist (in Seoul, South Korea) that we will be nothing but the best, helping the team to grow and develop to its maximum potential."
Wilson said Limas was impressed with how far Liberty's tae kwon do team has come in just one year.
"She indicated to me that we are definitely going in the right direction with our training," he said.
Limas' seminar included agility, balance, and kicking drills.
"She covered some good countering tactics and gave some personal time to each of the team members," Wilson said. "She encouraged them in both their studies and their athletic endeavors."
Limas has watched several tae kwon do competitors advance to the Olympic realm without the education needed to prepare for a job in the real world once their competitive days are done in a sport that has high incidents of injury.
"She wants to help promote collegiate tae kwon do so that these athletes not only continue their training, but also get a quality education to go along with their talents," Wilson said.
Limas also expressed her interest in developing a personal and professional relationship with the Flames' budding program.
"Just as the Kim School of Tae Kwon Do is our parent martial arts school, she would like for us to go into a ‘partnership,' to help sponsor our team and aid in any way she can," Wilson said. "She would like to donate training equipment and asked me for a ‘wish list' of items that we need."
That includes the use of her training facility, where Liberty may "host" its next ACAT event.
"She has more than 12,000 square feet of space with three Olympic regulation rings and all the scoring systems needed to adequately and professionally host events," Wilson said.