Two teen-agers from Pointers Run excel in Kung Fu tournaments


February 04, 1998|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TWO POINTERS Run teen-agers who are studying the ancient Chinese martial art of Kung Fu have brought home trophies from tournaments in recent months.

Jeffrey Ogle won three trophies at the 9th National Battle of the Martial Arts Championship held last month at Milford Mill Academy.

He took first place in the 13 to 15 boys forms division, and in the 13 to 15 boys sparring division.

He won second place in the 13 to 15 boys weapons division, using a long staff.

John Droege competed in the Metropolitan Martial Virtue Championship held in Laurel last fall.

He won first place in the 13-14 boys forms division and third place in the 13-14 boys sparring division.

Each tournament drew between 300 and 400 competitors from Maryland and neighboring states. Participants ranged from children under 7 years old to senior citizens.

Kung Fu teacher Tim Dahle said the boys' awards were !c significant because most of their competitors were using various forms of karate.

Also, he said, the Columbia teen-agers have been studying Kung Fu for only about six months.

Dahle, who also lives in Pointers Run, teaches continuing classes in Kung Fu and Tai Chi at the River Hill Meeting Room.

A middle school graphic arts teacher in Anne Arundel County, Dahle has more than 25 years' experience in martial arts, and holds two black sashes in Kung Fu.

His title of "Sifu," meaning "teacher," has become his nickname.

Dahle noted that most of the martial arts taught in the United States are derived from Korean and Japanese karate. He teaches Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, a Chinese discipline that dates back more than 1,500 years.

He described it as a combination of graceful and artistic forms with an explosive, dynamic martial arts system.

Originally a karate student, Dahle switched to Kung Fu because he was attracted to the "inner work" involved.

"There's a lot of meditation in Kung Fu," he said. "It's great for relaxation. I'm working on being a better person and a better athlete."

Dahle also teaches tai chi, a 16th-century Chinese discipline that he described as "a nonstrenuous exercise that promotes harmony between mind, body and spirit."

Classes meet in River Hill on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tai chi is offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., while the Kung Fu class meets from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The fee is $30 a month for Columbia lien payers and $40 a month for nonresidents.

Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Information: Dahle at 410-998-9700, or the village office at 410-531-1749.

Cellist wins contest

Clary's Forest resident Sarah Thompson, an eighth-grader at Harper's Choice Middle School, won first place in the strings category at the Young Artist Competition Finals Recital held by the Columbia Orchestra last week.

Sarah, who plays the cello, beat out two older competitors.

She has been invited to perform with the orchestra at its spring concert March 21 at Howard Community College.

Nine finalists in three categories competed at the recital held Jan. 25 at the college. They were chosen from more than 70 young musicians from all over Howard County.

Four of the finalists were from west Columbia.

Competing against Sarah in the strings category was violinist Sherry Choe, a Hickory Ridge resident and ninth-grader at Atholton High School.

Andrew Chen, a Dorsey's Search resident who is in 10th grade at River Hill High School, was a finalist in the piano category.

Hickory Ridge resident Mark Dubac, who plays the clarinet, was a finalist in the wind instrument category. Mark is a 10th-grader at Atholton High School.

Youth Rotary formed

Members of the Rotary Interact Club, a service group at Wilde Lake High School, helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to nearly 300 elderly people, and provided a Christmas party for children of Wilde Lake students.

The club was formed last fall with help from the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club, led by Richard Fields.

Pat McCullough, head of community service for the club, is contact person for the Wilde Lake group.

Leading the Interact Club are Tsega Girma, president; Leigh Speerman, vice president; Catherine Farran, treasurer; and Yoon Sin and Mone Wilson, secretaries.

In December, Interact Club members sold greeting cards to raise money for club activities. Part of the proceeds was used for a Christmas party for children in the school's child-care center.

Special education teacher Mary Breton, a River Hill resident who new at Wilde Lake this year, suggested starting the club.

Breton had worked with similar groups at high schools in Chicago and New Jersey.

Also working with the club are science teacher Carolyn Sutton and special education teacher Barbara Liess.

Prospective members are invited to attend Interact Club meetings, which are held at 2: 10 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 332 at Wilde Lake High School.

Watercolors featured

Five west Columbia residents will display their paintings in an exhibit that opens tomorrow at the Slayton House Gallery.

The exhibit, "New Visions in Watercolor," features artists from Sunburst Studio. The show will run through Feb. 28.

Showing their work will be Roberta Dillow of Hawthorn, Jean Aziz of Hobbits Glen, Jean Kohlenstein of Beaverbrook, and Abby Futter and Claudia Dailey of Swansfield.

A free opening reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. `D Sunday. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. For gallery hours, call Slayton House at 410-730-3987.

Pub Date: 2/04/98

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