When i placed at the state tournament, I learned that no matter where someone comes from they can do big things, if they have the right mindset and the determination. Practice that week, to get ready for the state tournament was rough. The wrestling room was hot and smelly. I really didn’t want to be there. It was just me in my taped up wrestling shoes, my sweatpants and hoodie.
His sensei realized Niya’s potential so he says p.30 “I will help you because not creature is so great it stands alone. Even a proud dragon must bend before a Cockroach”. The sensei helps boost Niya’s confidence, he realizes he is good enough to be a samurai but he has to have the courage to remember what he has been taught and make the decision not to give up p.168 “there comes a time when every life hangs by a thread”. Niya learns that everyone is equal and he has develops wisdom because his friends and sensei who realize he is just as good as anyone
Thats makes you feel like you went far enough to please other people. You can’t be complacent in the sport of wrestling because that 's where things go wrong. What i’m saying is that the week leading up to semi-state has to be very focused. Freshman of any sport is very hard because it 's your first year of “high school athletics.” You have to learn how to go hard in practice. My freshman year of wrestling was alright and what I mean by that is that it wasn 't the best.
“In the basement of 33 Himmel Street, Max Vandenburg could feel the fists of the entire nation. One by one they climbed into the ring and beat him down. (254)”. Max’s courage is the kind that shows through everything he does, even in the smallest of ways. He gets up each morning and keeps on going despite struggling with the survivor’s guilt of leaving his family.
In Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, he clearly reveals to us that, although age was respected in Igbo culture, so were achievements. At a young age of 18, Okonkwo defeated Amalinze who at the time was the greatest wrestler in the nine villages and beyond. Amalinze was unbeaten for seven years, and defeating him meant honor for your village. Achebe deeply stimulates fear and toughness as “whenever [Okonkwo] was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists” (4). Okonkwo was tough and fierce, which led to him obtaining two titles, as well as showing incredible bravery in two inter-tribal wars.
Jim starts boxing again and wins all of his matches and gets his title and fame back. After this he is challenged against Max Baer to become the World Heavyweight champion. Though this wasn 't just any other match because Max Baer killed two guys in the ring from hitting them so hard. Mae Jim’s wife doesn 't want Jim to do it, though Jim makes a final decision to fight Max Baer. Most people thought Jim wouldn 't last the first round, but as time went on it was almost an even fight.
Everyone has a game, Enders game is the battle school and his goal was to be the best so people would finally leave him alone. Ender wanted to be so good that no one would dare to challenge him and so no-one would be able to ignore him. Until the teachers started changing the rules. I can relate due to the fact that people made fun of and bullied me and I still do from time to time, but that changed by getting good at sports. I was blessed with a big body and a lot of strength but not much coordination or talent.
Five years ago I just started wrestling I wasn 't sure how I felt about it yet. I was not very good and got beat on a lot that was not like me to get beat on I was always pretty athletic and good at what I did. Coach was very strict and spent quite a bit of time yelling at me which at the time I did not know he was hard on me because he wanted to see me succeed. Five years ago I would never have thought that wrestling would make me who I am today and put the second brothers I have into my life. I would dread going into wrestling practice because it was hard and I knew I was going to get yelled at by coach but I would look across the room and see the high school boys and see how good they were and I told myself I wanted to be as good as them
It has taught me how to win, and how to lose. Something that in today’s day is overlooked as a skill. I believe that losing is the best teacher in sports, and believe that how an athlete carries themselves after a loss, is the determinant of a winner and a loser. Not in the sport, but in life. Wrestling has also taught me how to lead.
Years of vigorous training reached a plateau, baffling my coaches and shattering my drive. Ultimately, my natural aptitude for gymnastics proved fruitless in the face of training. The task of competing loomed over me like a mountain. A hulking mountain with jagged peaks, surrounded by storm clouds and crashing thunder. A rotten idea began to surface in my mind.
My junior year I was ranked no.2 all year, and for that it gave me pride to do my best and outwork everybody. One little thing can set you back a long ways. As for me I broke my hand doing what I love. The time I had to sit out and watch my teammates was way too long and to watch made me upset and down to not be able to do what I love. As time went on things slowly became stronger and better, and before long it was time to get back onto the mat.
The matches began with my weight class; I was called down first. My best friends and the captain along with coach waited for me to walk to the mat and start my match. I was under a lot of pressure that I couldn 't perform to my true potential, I took a shot and just as I expected I was pinned within the first 30 seconds. That was my first on record failure, which gave me one more reason to carry on. I pushed myself each and every day till the end of the season.
When I think of leadership, I think of it as a skill that not everyone can develop. For me, it took numerous times of being a follower or a leader, before developing this skill and form the type of leader that I wanted to become. The particular leadership experience that I’m most proud of would have to be leading my high school wrestling team. I started off the season by enthusiastically creating an atmosphere that new members of the team would feel welcomed and strengthened the bonds I had with veteran members. At the end of the wrestling season, my wrestling team was triumphant in the eyes of the crowd and our coaches.
I wanted to share some fitness information with my fellow veterans that may have suffered injuries or are having issues keeping fit. Pilates isn 't just for girls it 's for veterans like us. Quick fact, I 'm an angry runner because running hurts it always has. I move with the force of a dozer and look as graceful as a bear doing it. No one tells me to run anymore, I do it out of habit, knowing it 's the right thing to do for myself.
I was used to fighting my 7th Dan father, so I knew what to expect. Sometimes martial arts isn 't about winning, it 's about just about fighting. The man who wins a fight with pride and anger didn 't win at all. But the man who fights with grace and character wins every time, no matter the outcome