Palmyra-Macedon High School senior Corin Deloge has earned a black belt in martial arts after a decade of training at Faust's USA Karate. She got her start by change.
"I was looking through the ads for places to go and things to do and I saw Faust's and I said that looks cool so I came in and talked to Kathy and decided to start," Corin said.
Corin's coach Kathy Faust is glad Corin decided to give martial arts a try and landed at her place.
"She is a great kid," Faust said. " She is just an absolute joy to coach. She's got a great work ethic and some natural athletic talent too, which always helps. She really cares about training and really cares about the students here and she is just a great kid to be around."
Corin is set to compete for the United States National Junior Team in Germany. She earned a bronze medal in her division at Nationals, making her eligible to compete for the U.S. team. Regardless of how she finishes she is already a winner in Faust's eyes.
"She has already won," Faust said. "This is just an opportunity for the U.S. to take some of our best athletes and go up against other athletes from all over the world and see how much game we have."
Corin also helps to fight another battle off the mat. Her mother has had ALS for more than ten years and she regularly stays home to assist with her care. Corin doesn't see it as a burden and she appreciates the support her parents have given her over the years but she enjoys having Faust's as an outlet.
"This is a place that I come when I'm stressed out about that," Corin said. "I can come in here and when I take off my shoes I just forget about that and this is a place that I can release any stress or any kind of sadness that I have. I leave a totally different person."
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