2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 14, 2005
For the Daily
To a practitioner of Taekwondo, the sound of sharp kicks thwacking onto paddles
is as distinctive and enticing as the crack of a bat is to a baseball fan. Every week
on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, these sounds emanate from the martial arts
room in the CCRB, where the Michigan Taekwondo (UMTKD) club meets.
Taekwondo is an ancient Korean martial art, developed thousands of years ago
as a method of self defense. The modern sport evolved more recently, with Tae-
kwondo being designated as the national sport of South Korea in 1963. It became
an Olympic medal sport at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
"Taekwondo literally means 'the way of kicking and punching,' " LSA senior Jae
Lee, the president of UMTKD, explains. "Taekwondo distinguishes itself from other
martial arts, such as karate and kung-fu, with its emphasis on agility and kicking."
Lee, whose father is a martial arts master, has been personally involved with
Taekwondo since he was a child. He has been involved with the on-campus club
since enrolling at Michigan.
"At first, I kind of hated practicing because I had to," Lee said. "But as I grew
older, I developed a deeper appreciation for it."
The Taekwondo club at Michigan was founded in 1963 by Grand Master Hwa
Chong, the former president of the United States Taekwondo Union, Taekwondo's
governing body in the United States. Grand Master Chong continues to teach the
class segment of Michigan Taekwondo.
UMTKD is made up of two parts. The class, taught by Grand Master Chong through
U-Move, is geared more toward beginners and has a more formal atmosphere. Class
attendance is recommended for those with no experience but is not mandatory in order
to join the club. The class costs $120 per semester, but UMTKD is a real bargain - at
a typical studio, one month costs about as much as a semester of class here. The club
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punch to all ages
practice sessions are led by peer instructors and are more informal. While club sessions
focus on Olympic-style sparring, class sessions put more emphasis on forms. Serious
students attend class or club sessions two to three days a week.
In order to be a well-rounded Taekwondo athlete, a student must be good at
both sparring and forms, called Poomse. A form is a specific series of movements,
incorporating various kicks, punches and blocks.
"To be promoted, forms are mandatory as well as a certain degree of sparring
knowledge," Lee said.
The club does not participate as a team in competitions, since Taekwondo is
an individual sport. They do attend various tournaments throughout the region,
though not on any specific circuit. In March, the club will hold its annual scrim-
mage against Michigan State.
The UMTKD club includes a 50-year-old man, a professor and many women
in its fluctuating 40- to 50-person membership.
"(Taekwondo is for) anybody, - all ages, any physical build, male or female,"
Lee said. "The first thing people usually ask me when they ask about the club is, 'Is
any experience necessary?' And I always say 'No,' because Taekwondo is unique,
in that any person can utilize his or her strengths to their best advantage."
UMTKD, unlike many Taekwondo schools, is not for a profit.
"The most important thing in learning Taekwondo, or any other martial art, is
finding the right teacher," Lee said. "I've seen a lot of schools that put profits first
and quality of instruction second. True masters are hard to find these days. A true
master is someone who not only possesses the physical skills for martial arts, but
also doesn't neglect the mental aspects when teaching his students."
Taekwondo is first and foremost an art - with sport as an aspect of that art.
"The sport of Taekwondo is more like other sports - there are rules to ensure
participants aren't hurt," Lee said. "The martial art of Taekwondo is for life and
Name: Jenny Deiley Team: Women's Gymnastics
Hometown: Dayton, Minn. Class: Junior
Why: Deiley won the individual all-around for the second time
this season in the For Run Invitational on Saturday. She also
placed first in both vault and floor exercise with a season high
9.900 on floor. Deiley has now placed in the top-three in the all-
around six out of seven meets this season.
2/16 M Basketball at Wisconsin
2/16-19 M Swimming/Diving Big Ten
W Basketball vs Purdue
Wrestling at Michigan State
W Gymnastics vs West Virginia
Hockey vs. Notre Dame
Softball at Florida Atlantic
M Tennis vs. Alabama
W Basketball vs. Iowa
M Gymnastics at Penn State
Hockey at Notre Dame
M Tennis vs. Cornell
Wrestling vs. Purdue
M Basketball vs. Indiana
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Boca Raton, Fla.
By Scott Bell
Daily Sports Writer
Over the span of a tennis match, there are about 120
points contested on average. Within those points, about
600 shots will be hit in an average match. But as No.
18 Vanderbilt showed Michigan yesterday at the Currey
Center in Vanderbilt, it only takes one or two points to
decide an entire match.
The Commodores outlasted the No. 49 Wolverines by
a 5-2 margin, due mostly to their ability to win points
when they counted the most.
"Competitively, our guys were right there to win the
big points," Michigan coach Bruce Berque said. "We
were just outplayed physically in the big points."
Vanderbilt (7-0 overall) set the tone early, sweeping
the Wolverines (3-2) in doubles to win the opening team
point of the match. After battling back and forth for the
majority of the eight game pro-set, the Commodores'
first doubles team of Scott Brown and Jason Pinsky took
control of the match late, defeating Michigan's sopho-
more duo Brian Hung and Ryan Heller by an 8-6 mar-
gin. Vanderbilt clinched the doubles point when Ryan
Preston and Andy Mack won the second doubles match.
They dismissed Michigan's freshman Matko Maravic
and senior Michael Rubin 8-4.
The most hotly contested match of the doubles session
came against a familiar face. Former Wolverine Matt
Lockin teamed with Jordan Magarik to defeat Michi-
gan's only remaining undefeated team - sophomore
Steve Peretz and senior Vinny Gossain at third doubles.
The Wolverines' duo fought to defend their 3-0 doubles
record but ultimately fell short in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (6).
"Our doubles came out very tentatively," Berque said.
"We went down an early break in all of our doubles
matches. Third doubles did a good job fighting back, but
we dug ourselves into a hole too early."
Lockin then set the pace for the Commodores in sin-
gles, preventing a possible Michigan comeback attempt.
He gave Vanderbilt a 2-0 lead after beating Hung 6-
4, 6-3 in the second singles spot. Lockin - who left
Michigan after the 2001 season for Vanderbilt after
picking up 27 dual wins over the course of one of the
most successful freshmen seasons a Wolverine had ever
had - improved to 7-0 on the year in singles.
All hope was not lost. While Hung's match was
still going on, three other singles matches went into
MN'S$ TRACK ANDFIELD
for third-place finish
By Ian Robinson
Daily Sports Writer
Senior Vinny Gossain and doubles partner sophomore Steve Peretz lost their first match of the season to Jordan
Magarik and former Wolverine Matt Lockin.
Coming down the final stretch
of the 600-meter race, sophomore
John D'Arcy was in second place.
But he outleaned Steven Wezner of
Central Michigan at the finish line
to beat him by .03 seconds. D'Arcy
posted a season-best time of 1:18.12
in race to earn his second victory of
"The most impressive moment in
the meet was D'Arcy's effort at the
end of the 600," coach Ron War-
Friday and Saturday at the Sykes-
Sabok Challenge Cup at State Col-
lege, the men's track team continued
its preparation for the Big Ten Cham-
pionships. The Wolverines showed
that they are in fine form with a
third-place finish out of 10 teams
over the weekend with 114 points,
just one point behind runner-up Cen-
tral Michigan and 11 points behind
host Penn State.
D'Arcy competed in two other
events over the weekend. On Friday,
he ran the 400-meter leg of the dis-
tance medley relay team that cap-
tured its second NCAA provisional
qualifying time of the season. He
also ran the third leg of the 4x400-
relay that finished in third place.
Another Michigan athlete who
excelled in multiple events was
senior Rondell Ruff. With D'Arcy
he ran the 1200-meter leg of the
distance medley relay team that
received an NCAA provisional time
On Saturday, Ruff finished in
third in the mile with a time of
4:08.09. One hour after compet-
ing in the mile, Ruff set a personal
record in the 800-meter run with a
time of 1:50.57.
"I wanted to gauge how well I
would do on consecutive days," Ruff
said. "I view this as a tune-up for
A duo of field athletes led the Wol-
verines over the weekend.
In the triple jump, sophomore
Mike Whitehead finished second.
After struggling to hit the board for
much of the season, he set a personal
record with a second-place leap of
"We needed to get a good triple
jump out of Michael to get some con-
fidence going into the Big Ten meet,"
Warhurst said. "Now that he is on the
board, we hope he stays there."
On the high jump, junior Brad
Miller continued to perform well
by posting a second-place jump of
"He has a good attempt on 7-feet,
which would place very high at Big
Tens," Warhurst said.
Warhurst is pleased that his team
continues to improve.
"We are just an inch away in one
or two events from becoming really
good," Warhurst said.
In the Tyson Invitational in Fay-
etteville, Ark., senior Nate Brannen
finished second in the mile with a
time of 3:59.50. He failed to improve
upon his time from last week.
"I have been feeling pretty bad
with a throat infection over the last
few days, and it didn't feel any better
today," Brannen said.
The Wolverines close out their
regular season on Saturday at the
Harold Silverston Invitational at
Indoor Track Building.
first set tiebreakers. With the opportunity to go ahead
in three singles matches, and with the sixth singles
match yet to start, the Wolverines still had a chance
to pull off the upset. But the big points didn't fall in
Michigan's favor, and it lost two of the three tiebreak-
ers. With one singles match complete, Vanderbilt had
the lead, 2-0.
Just minutes after the tiebreakers were completed, Van-
derbilt's No. 17 Scott Brown defeated Rubin 6-2, 6-0.
After a first-set tiebreaker defeat, senior David Anv-
ing fell short in his comeback attempt in the second set,
losing 6-2. Ryan Preston's 7-6 (2), 6-2 victory over Any-
ing clinched the fourth point for Vanderbilt, giving them
The Wolverines did anything but give up.
Heller - who did not practice much this past week
due to illness - claimed the first point of the day for
Michigan, winning his No. 4 singles match in straight
sets and defeating Andy Mack 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Despite dropping the first set of his match at third sin-
gles in a tiebreaker, Maravic refused to fold. He fought
back against Pinsky to win the second set 6-4, tying the
match at a set apiece. Pinsky regained his composure in
the final set, as the home crowd willed him to a thrilling
7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-2 win.
"Matko played a great match," Berque said. "He and
his opponent were very similar in talent and had some
amazing baseline points.
"(Pinsky) just came up with the big shots when he
needed to the most."
Peretz and Magarik met in the final match of the
afternoon. In what seemed like a replay of the back
and forth third doubles match played earlier in the
day, the two split the first two sets. The third set was
decided by a super tiebreaker, which Peretz claimed
10-7. His 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7) victory not only gave
Michigan its second win of the match, but totaled the
number of singles defeats Vanderbilt had seen in its
six prior duals.
"Ryan (Heller) and Steve (Peretz) both fought very
hard (yesterday)," Berque said. "Our guys showed a lot
of pride and heart to keep on fighting."
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The Wolverines started the meet
off slowly, giving up major deci-
sions in the 125- and 133-pound
weight classes. But from there the
Wolverines middleweights picked
up the slack. After Tannenbaum's
win, Michigan won six of the seven
Senior co-captain Ryan Bertin
continued to roll, picking up a minor
decision victory over Joe Johnston
of Iowa. This win comes just a week
after Bertin defeated Illinois's Alex
Tirapelle - last year's national run-
ner-up in the 141-pound weight class.
His win against Iowa extended his
unblemished record to 22-0.
"(Ryan) has been able to stay
healthy so far this season, and he's
been real focused on the goal at
hand," McFarland said.
With the Big Ten Championships
coming up in just three weeks, this
win over a traditional Big Ten pow-
erhouse gives the Wolverines even
more confidence than before.
"I'm real proud of the guys,"
McFarland said. "We came in here
real focused and were able to exe-
cute like we had planned. This is a
tough place to win at and despite the
slow start; we were able to win most
of the big matches. This also keeps
us in contention to win the Big Ten
regular season title.
The Wolverines will have no
chance to rest. Next weekend they
will travel to East Lansing to face
bitter rival Michigan State. Michigan
is currently tied with Illinois for the
lead in the Big Ten standings, and a
loss would more than likely end any
hopes of winning the title.
"We've got to take (each match) one
at a time from here on out," McFar-
land said. "Every match counts."
School record sends Blue past field
By Luke Bostian
For the Daily
If you blinked, you'd have missed it.
Senior Sierra Hauser-Price won the 60-
meter dash by less than one hundredth
of a second Friday in a school-record
time of 7.45. A split-second slower and
the Michigan record would still belong
to alum Maria Price, and the victory last
Friday would have belonged to Eastern
Michigan's Patrice Beasley.
Hauser-Price was one of 10 Wolver-
ines who set personal records as the
women's track team took second to host
Penn State in the Sykes-Sabok Chal-
lenge Cup. On day two, Hauser-Price
set another personal record. She ran the
200-meter in 24.16 and took second,
behind Penn State's Shana Cox
After this weekend's meet and last
week's Meyo Invitational, Michigan
has seen it's top competition in the Big
Ten, according to distance coach Mike
"Illinois and Penn State are prob-
ably the premier teams, along with
ourselves," McGuire said. "We've seen
what they have to offer, and we know
what we have to offer. So it's just a mat-
ter of staying healthy."
Michigan ended the first day of com-
petition in a tie for second place with
Pittsburgh after Hauser-Price's win and
strong performances in the pentathlon
and 5000-meter. Senior Jennifer Wil-
liams recorded a personal-best and
NCAA provisional qualifying 3,733
points in the pentathlon. She finished
second to Penn State's Gayle Hunter,
who had a career performance with
4,059 points. Williams followed up her
strong pentathlon performance with a
fourth-place finish in the high jump at
5-6 on day two.
In the 5000-meter, senior Ana Gjes-
dal took first, junior Laura Brosius took
third and senior Chelsea Loomis took
fifth. Those finishes were good for 20 of
the Wolverines' 35 day-one points.
Michigan's distance medley relay
team placed fifth in 11:45.28. Senior
Ashley Eckel finished eighth in the
weight throw with a distance of 57-7 1/2
to round out the Wolverines' strong day-
Things only got better for Michigan
on day two, as the Wolverines pulled
away from Pittsburgh for a solid hold
on second place behind the Nittany
Lions, a Big Ten favorite. Senior Lind-
sey Gallo had her second big meet in a
row. She won the 3000-meter run with
a personal-best time of. 9:14.24, her
third NCAA Championships qualify-
ing time in two weeks. At last week's
Meyo Invitational, Gallo qualified
for the mile with a Michigan-record
time and helped the Wolverines' dis-
tance medley relay team qualify for
the NCAA Championships. Freshman
Alyson Kohlmeier earned a provisional
qualifying time of 9:24.80 in the 3000-
meter, good enough for second place.
Senior Teresa Feldkamp finished
second in the mile with a personal-best
time of 4:47.98. The Wolverines had
three top-10 finishers in the 800-meter
run. Freshman Nicole Edwards placed
first with a personal record and NCAA
provisional qualifying time of 2:06.67.
Junior Kelly Catino took fourth in the
pole vault, clearing a season-best 11-10.
Sophomore Laura Glynn took sixth
in the 600-meter sprint with a person-
al best 1:35.09. Sophomore Bridgette
Maynard and junior Jamie Barbour took
sixth and seventh, respectively, in the
shot put, with throws of 45-10 and 44-4
1/4 - personal bests for both.
"Our competitiveness is starting to
show," coach James Henry said. "We
had a number of outstanding perform-
ers. We continue to improve from previ-
Michigan will host the Harold Sil-
verston Invitational at the Indoor Track
Building next Saturday, Feb. 19.