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Going from Loser to Winner

Written by Zane. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

By Zane Sewell

Question C:

The question is:

When someone is in the middle of a match and they are losing, what do they think and do to encourage themselves to win?

What this question tells me:

I believe that the question tells me to fight, be outstanding to impress other clubs. It tells me to trust others and not to stop. I am going to write how I feel when I am losing, the answers and ask for people’s opinions outside of karate and then link it to karate.

How I feel when I’m losing:

When I’m losing a match I feel gutted and ashamed of myself. I want to run away and give up. Then I ask myself why did I want to do this in the first place? Then I remind myself that I’m representing the club with true power and pride. Now I’ve got to this level there is no turning back. So all I can do is think positive and try my best.

My answers:

If I was in the middle of a match and I was losing I would see what techniques my opponent is using and see if I have a possibility of stopping it and hopefully add in a counter attack to gain points and maybe retrieve a comeback.

I would never think negative but have a PMA (positive mental attitude). I would be angry and imagine that they insulted me or broke my most treasured possession and I want to fight back because I should.

I also listen to what my coach is trying to tell me because I know he is the one who I could put all my trust into. They are the ones who I should listen to the most because they got me to this level and have as much faith in me as I have faith in them.

If I am being beaten I would just give it my all and just confidently and happily carry on and represent our club and show how we are dedicated to perfection by being brave and fight.

This is what I know I must be doing but in reality it is sometimes different.  In previous competitions I have found that I get angry at myself and get upset because I lost. I get upset because it makes me feel embarrassed and want to run away but there has to be one winner and one loser. Considering that the opponent was good I would learn from the way they successfully won and use the techniques that they used so I could add them in my next match or in the future. I will remind myself this in my next competition and I will remember not to get upset!

Other people’s opinion on the question:

My mum (on running):

When I start thinking of quitting early, I try my best to start thinking positive. I do not want to have the feeling of failure at the end because of stupid excuses like my legs are hurting or I’m too tired and that I can’t complete it, so I block the negatives outside of my brain.  I don’t want to let myself down, or then have to explain to my running friend why I didn’t finish! I remind myself about the good feeling of achievement at the end when I am given my time.  I know I can do it so I put in all effort to get to the end.

Michelle Maddocks (being team captain in netball):

Well as a captain I would look at where the team are weaker. First analysis would be on the opportunities at goal, are we getting plenty of opportunities, but have we weak shooters or is the ball never reaching our shooting circle. From this I would rearrange players accordingly. Then I would look at tactics, so what the opposition are doing and think of ways to interpret their play. Also look at the oppositions weak points and use them to our advantage, for example if the opposition has one shooter better than the other, then we would aim to deliberately block the stronger shooter. The team will discuss this at quarter breaks. On the field I would give more vocal direction and words to keep morale up. If we were losing by a fair amount, I would then set a new aim of getting at least half the number of goals of the opposition has got, which would mean we could gain a higher goal difference in our league. I would also say to the team, losing a game is good practise for future fixtures.

 

Thomas Maddocks (based around football):

Never give up and always encourage others right to the end. It is very difficult for a team or an individual to stay on top for the full duration of the game; you will get a chance. Knowing this fact not panicking and staying positive and determined is really important. You must however take advantage of your opportunities when they arise keep working hard and keep encouraging when you sense the opponent’s heads going down. I personally hate losing and that is all the encouragement I need.

 

The thing all these things have in common is the encouragement you must give to yourself and to give to others; either if they are winning or losing. You have to sense the smell of victory. This links to karate by supporting others and yourself. This mainly relates to the corner chair person who will give you feedback for example: hands up!!! Quick! In out really fast!! Although it is hard to listen when you are thinking about beating your opponent. So you need to keep an ear out.

 

Finally, to answer the question in a simple sentence:

You should encourage others and yourself to win by thinking positively, having the confidence that you can achieve it and focusing on the end result.

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I’m losing! What do I do?

Written by Zane. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Question C:

The question is:

When someone is in the middle of a match and they are losing, what do they think and do to encourage themselves to win?

What this question tells me:

I believe that the question tells me to fight, be outstanding to impress other clubs. It tells me to trust others and not to stop. I am going to write how I feel when I am losing, the answers and ask for people’s opinions outside of karate and then link it to karate.

How I feel when I’m losing:

When I’m losing a match I feel gutted and ashamed of myself. I want to run away and give up. Then I ask myself why did I want to do this in the first place? Then I remind myself that I’m representing the club with true power and pride. Now I’ve got to this level there is no turning back. So all I can do is think positive and try my best.

My answers:

If I was in the middle of a match and I was losing I would see what techniques my opponent is using and see if I have a possibility of stopping it and hopefully add in a counter attack to gain points and maybe retrieve a comeback.

I would never think negative but have a PMA (positive mental attitude). I would be angry and imagine that they insulted me or broke my most treasured possession and I want to fight back because I should.

I also listen to what my coach is trying to tell me because I know he is the one who I could put all my trust into. They are the ones who I should listen to the most because they got me to this level and have as much faith in me as I have faith in them.

If I am being beaten I would just give it my all and just confidently and happily carry on and represent our club and show how we are dedicated to perfection by being brave and fight.

This is what I know I must be doing but in reality it is sometimes different.  In previous competitions I have found that I get angry at myself and get upset because I lost. I get upset because it makes me feel embarrassed and want to run away but there has to be one winner and one loser. Considering that the opponent was good I would learn from the way they successfully won and use the techniques that they used so I could add them in my next match or in the future. I will remind myself this in my next competition and I will remember not to get upset!

Other people’s opinion on the question:

My mum (on running):

When I start thinking of quitting early, I try my best to start thinking positive. I do not want to have the feeling of failure at the end because of stupid excuses like my legs are hurting or I’m too tired and that I can’t complete it, so I block the negatives outside of my brain.  I don’t want to let myself down, or then have to explain to my running friend why I didn’t finish! I remind myself about the good feeling of achievement at the end when I am given my time.  I know I can do it so I put in all effort to get to the end.

Michelle Maddocks (being team captain in netball):

Well as a captain I would look at where the team are weaker. First analysis would be on the opportunities at goal, are we getting plenty of opportunities, but have we weak shooters or is the ball never reaching our shooting circle. From this I would rearrange players accordingly. Then I would look at tactics, so what the opposition are doing and think of ways to interpret their play. Also look at the oppositions weak points and use them to our advantage, for example if the opposition has one shooter better than the other, then we would aim to deliberately block the stronger shooter. The team will discuss this at quarter breaks. On the field I would give more vocal direction and words to keep morale up. If we were losing by a fair amount, I would then set a new aim of getting at least half the number of goals of the opposition has got, which would mean we could gain a higher goal difference in our league. I would also say to the team, losing a game is good practise for future fixtures.

 

Thomas Maddocks (based around football):

Never give up and always encourage others right to the end. It is very difficult for a team or an individual to stay on top for the full duration of the game; you will get a chance. Knowing this fact not panicking and staying positive and determined is really important. You must however take advantage of your opportunities when they arise keep working hard and keep encouraging when you sense the opponent’s heads going down. I personally hate losing and that is all the encouragement I need.

 

The thing all these things have in common is the encouragement you must give to yourself and to give to others; either if they are winning or losing. You have to sense the smell of victory. This links to karate by supporting others and yourself. This mainly relates to the corner chair person who will give you feedback for example: hands up!!! Quick! In out really fast!! Although it is hard to listen when you are thinking about beating your opponent. So you need to keep an ear out.

 

Finally, to answer the question in a simple sentence:

You should encourage others and yourself to win by thinking positively, having the confidence that you can achieve it and focusing on the end result.

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Sometimes things go really well and sometimes they don’t…

Written by Zane. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Question A:

The first question I will answer is:

When we practise a martial art, sometimes things go really well and sometimes they don’t go well at all. How do you encourage someone when things aren’t going so well?

First of all I will explain how it feels like when something is going well and when something is not going well at all.

What it feels like when something’s going well?

I have confidence and knowledge in me because I know what I am doing and from training for the past five and a half years, this boosts up my confidence. Whereas as a beginner I don’t yet know what I am meant to be like. To summarize something can only improve after a good amount of training.

When something’s going well I feel happy and on top of the world. I feel excited and eager to carry on and achieve more goals. Personally it makes me think positive and helps me to believe in myself that I can achieve the best. When this happens in a competition it makes me think that I can do this and that I will come home with a medal in my hands.

What it feels like when something’s not going well?

When something’s not going well I feel dark, gloomy and miserable and that I would never succeed in anything. I feel like giving up and not wanting to bother or carry on. It makes me have negative thoughts. It makes me stressed and I want to get ready to give up. In a competition this makes me feel embarrassed and wanting to run away.

My conclusion from what I’ve said is that you should never think negative, you should never run away.

How can I encourage others?

In karate the way I would encourage others would be to tell them what exactly is wrong about the way they did a particular move or sequence and why it didn’t work out the way that they expected it to come out as. After I have given them some advice I will get them to use my tips by making them do it again. If they still can’t do it right the  next time I will get them to do it at home, and then maybe next time they would have improved. As well as that I will show them how to do it myself for improving. In addition I’ll tell them to relax, stay calm and not to worry. So instead of putting themself under pressure they could be focusing, because panicking will only make it worse.  Instead of worrying they should think positive. Then finally I would ask them why they thought it went wrong for their honest opinion so they know what to look out for when eventually they coach and assess others in the future.

If they can do that I will give them more advanced targets to practise so they can achieve and get better in their martial arts, because if something is easy they could be working harder to achieve more.

Before a competition Sensei Lindsey quoted this:

‘Back to that feeling of pacing, palm sweating, wanting to run away now, nerves before I compete every time I question why do I do this?!

For me it’s about being afraid of something and not backing down, not walking away and making excuses. It’s about showing juniors that I coach and that it is OK to face a challenge, and win or lose you achieve because you got up there and said I can’

This tells me if they try to quit, I’d tell them that it is OK to face a challenge. No matter how hard it is you will learn ways to improve by seeing how higher belts fight. In this case anything is possible if you don’t give up, because a real martial arts student would say” I can!”

My answer to her question ‘why does she do it’ is to represent the club and prove herself as a high grade because she thinks positive and knows she can do it. I would go to competitions to prove myself to the club and improve myself for the club.

I have interviewed several people on this question and this is what they said:

Jess Muller (karate black belt):

I would change the moves around so they can do things step by step and once they can do that I’d do more moves based on that particular move so one day you could come back and have another try and hopefully they would’ve improved.

Emily Nicholls (karate student):

I would ask them what they feel is the barrier is it the move (the physical elements) if so would they like to see the move again, practise it, understand a little more how to do the basic asking them at each stage if they feel that they could break it down to learn, if they are saying it from a confidence point of view (more mental block) then It is important to remain positive or even go back over a few steps to gain confidence and then try again.

Miss Joliffe (our teacher giving a school point of view):

I would just ask them questions based around what they were stuck on until they get it.

 

To conclude the main thing that sticks out is breaking it up and coming back after you have practised to show you are confident and can achieve things. The same sort of questions appear in and out of karate.

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Encouragement in the Martial Arts

Written by Zane. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Karate, Basingstoke, Karate England, NGBBlack Belt Research Project 2013

Introduction by Zane Sewell

As part of the preparation for my black belt examination I am going to complete a project looking at how I can help and encourage others to become the best of themselves in their Martial Arts.

To explore this I will consider the following questions:

a) When we practise a Martial Art, sometimes things go really well and sometimes they don’t go well at all. How do you encourage someone when things aren’t going so well?

b) How can you help someone to really want to do well in their training and to become the best that they can?

c) When someone is in the middle of a match and they are losing, what do they think and do to encourage themselves to win?

I believe that this topic tells me to investigate ways of helping people to be as good as they can be and also how to get them to push themselves to achieve future goals.

I will find out how people become the best and also how people become the best outside of karate.  I will also look for deeper information about being the best, and what it actually means.

I will find out my information by searching the internet, getting books from a library and more importantly speaking to other people and finding out their point of view.  In everyday life I will watch and think about what people do when it gets hard in different scenarios.

This topic will teach me how to reach my aims and achieve my greatest and this will be important to me in my training and in general life.

I think that this topic will also help me to become the best I possibly can.

I hope that what I will find out will help me to gain the skills to coach and mentor others in training by being able to encourage them. Setting a good example will inspire other children to become the best.

In the next few months I will create three essays based on the questions above.

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