HPU Students Achieve New Rankings During Weekend Jiu Jitsu Seminar


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 13, 2009 – Several High Point University students in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club achieved new rankings while attending a seminar led by Danny Dring, a third-degree black belt in the art. The seminar was held the weekend of Oct. 10 at Living Defense Martial Arts in High Point.

Students who earned ranks were: Janice Daniels, who earned a white belt with one tip; Katie D’Angelo, who earned a white belt with one tip; Chelsea Smith, who earned a white belt with three tips; Dan Vining, who earned a white belt with four tips; and Victor Ruiz, who earned a blue belt with four tips.
“It is very difficult to achieve rank in the art,” says Dr. Tony Kemerly, chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at HPU and faculty adviser for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club. “These students did a great job.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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