Mentality

The wrestling mentality…

Something that is often talked about in the wrestling world. But what is it actually?

It’s encompasses so many things, and yet is so different for everyone.

Ask any wrestler, and they will say different things, but the wrestling mentality is widely recognized at what keeps you going in this difficult sport.

There are so many things that a wrestler needs to do, and often times they are not so enjoyable. Characteristics like hard work, and integrity are relied on, but of the many values a wrestler needs, the main concept that stands out would be discipline.

Discipline encompasses so many aspects of wrestling.

In your nutrition in order to stay at your specific weight class. Having discipline to eat right, control bodily cravings, and fluid intake. Especially in practice, to do the moves correctly, and to be on time, to work hard. Having the discipline to do extra conditioning when needed. In competitions, often times, at a tournament, you are either a little banged up, or haven’t wrestled at your best, but you have to be disciplined to keep going.

This discipline is constantly relied on, and often there are two aspects that are focused on in the wrestling mentality.

Practice mindset and Competition mindset.

There are some who are “practicers”. They have a specific mindset and they love to practice, they enjoy working hard, and putting in the work before competition. They go all out and leave it all there day after day. They like the work, the preparations, the grind that comes before the competition.

Then there are some who are the “competers”. They live for the competition. They love every opportunity they get to show their skills and compete. To have all the eyes on them, the pressure, and the raw conflict that is wrestling.

Having this mindset is what helps to make wrestlers great.

One of the greats and as some would see as the father of the North American mindset started with Dan Gable. He can be seen as one of the founding fathers of wrestling in the United States. One of his famous statements was “Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” This is because wrestling is hard. Practice, competition, everything. It’s tough.

Wrestling is not a sport that you can “fake it til you make it” Nothing is given to you. You have to put in the work. As once was said, “You don’t deserve anything, you earn everything.” This requires discipline, and a specific mentality that a lot of wrestlers have.

So though I can not define what the mentality of a wrestler is, and can tell you this. There is just something about wrestlers that is different than other people.

It’s what keeps us coming back day after day and loving it.

Infographic of Me

 Create an infographic that summarizes your online self.

I am so many things, but here are just a few:

I am a very loving and trusting person, and I consider many a ‘friend’. Along with that, I am very social; I will talk your ear off if you let me. I love to ask questions, and to know the ‘why’ behind things. I am very loud and enjoy discussing topics at length. I love to hang out with my friends, and I would for sure consider myself an extrovert.

I am a high performance athlete. I am a wrestler at Simon Fraser University. I have placed high at many national tournaments, and I am a 2020 Olympic Hopeful.

I am spontaneous and adventurous. I am definitely a dare devil. Sky diving, cliff jumping, dirt biking, I’m all in! I love doing things that make me feel alive. Though I am very organized, I love doing things spur of the moments.

I am a very optimistic person as well. I believe that most people are good, and that there is always a positive side to whatever happens to you. I think that we are here to experience joy and help others to do the same. Just because it’s raining, down’t mean you can’t have a ‘sunny’ attitude. (That was so cheesy)

I am very detail-oriented, I think it’s that little things that make up the biggest difference. The little things on physical, emotional and mental side. I notice the little things, shoes, hair pins, nail polish color.

I am a media manager. I love media. Of all kinds! I want to be a sports broadcaster or to be in sports media/media management as a career. I love the many intricate levels and aspects that come with looking at the media. There are so many nuanced things that are often overlooked or not recognized, and when they are brought to light, it unfolds so much. Media is a whole new world that is just being discovered, and constantly changing in the environment of the internet.

That’s just a little bit about me!

Analytics

There are two sides to the coin of digital analytics.

I think that the idea of someone watching me as I scroll through Instagram or as I search something in Google is a little unnerving. The fact that all my personal preferences, and data are being collected and then sold to companies is kind of crazy.

But however, I do continue to use my social media platforms even with that knowledge. And I really enjoy the fact that I can do all that free of charge.

With the introduction of Google Analytics to my website, and by using it, I am able to be on the other side of that coin. I get to see who comes to my website, how they get there, how long they stay, and so much more. On the other side of the coin, I am collecting (on a small scale) people’s data for my benefit. I use analytics because I want to get more traffic here on my website.

I have been learning about this concept in a lot of my classes lately, and it has been very interesting to see how social media (and other) companies collect and then sell my data to advertising companies.

Part of it worries me. That I am seen as a commodity, being targeted and analyzed constantly.

Now that I am on the other side of the coin, I can see why it is necessary, and very helpful. This is such a new concept that has never really been experienced or observed very much since it is so brand new.

Part of it is perfect. The fact that I receive ads just based off my preferences and what I like makes things easier.

Now, as a content creator, I like to see the data and preferences of my viewers so that I can more fully cater to their wants. However, as a viewer I have mixed feelings. I kind of don’t like it that these companies have my information without my consent. But I do like it when I see something that I like, or something that I am interested in.

Though there are two sides to this coin, it is not all black and white, there is so much gray area in which we as content creators and viewers reside.

For now, I will continue to use social media and willingly offer up my data, and on the flip side, I will continue using analytics to see what I can do to make my website the best it can be.

Integration of MEdia

Interconnectedness is important in the online world we live in, and often makes media better.

How often do you find yourself reading something online, and then you click on something which takes you to another link, a social media platform, and next thing you know you are looking at the owner of your favorite clothing company’s new dog he just bought…?

So when asked to make a plan for incorporating more transmedia integration into my online publication. I didn’t even know where to start.

But I am going to start small.

I use social media everyday. I often find myself scrolling through Instagram of Facebook when I am bored, or winding down from a long day. And I know I am not the only one who spends almost 2 hours per day looking through the latest on my newsfeed. So I thought, why not integrate the two. This website with my social media platforms.

By doing that, I will not only help my followers and friends on my social media platforms to find my website, but I will also help my website readers get to know me more. I post a lot of my personal life on my social medias, and by integrating the two, I can help to merge these two worlds. The personal and the professional. (Or more accurately semi-professional)

So, follow along! Keep reading my posts. But get to know me! Check out my Instagram and Facebook pages! I can’t wait to start this, and I will definitely be posting more about it as time goes on!

Peer Review #3

For this Peer Review, I reviewed Maggie Chen.

Her website is called “Illustration of Everyday Life”. It is all about drawing, and is beautiful and simple. I have really enjoyed it. Maggie also explores the connection of visualizing feelings, for example in this post, she talks about how she just wasn’t feeling it, and the only visual shows how she is feeling is scribbles. I love that, it is so raw and beautiful. The way that she can put emotions into art.

Maggie’s website is easy to read, and fun as well. Her audience is everyone! She speaks very informally, almost as if she is taking to her friends. So we as her audience become her friends. Her posts are simple, and she explores many different styles of drawing; some look like they are colored pencil drawings, some look like markers, and some are even digital.

My favorite post of hers I think would be this one. It is called “Craving For…”. It is simply an ice cream cone. So cute and well done, and who isn’t craving ice cream? I know I always am!

The only thing is that Maggie’s website is very linear. There is not much connection with it and other things online. I would suggest that she adds in some links, or social media, etc. To do this would help her to leave more visible “breadcrumbs” throughout her blog, and then with the rest of the online world. It would help to make a better digital presence, and I think increase the amount of traction on her website.

All in all, a great website with good content. I like it!

The Sport of Wrestling

Wrestling.

What is it really?

It is such a widely loved sport, and yet it is so different for everyone.

To some, wrestling is a hobby.

To others it is a sport.

And to some a career.

Every year, more and more children sign up to wrestle. (And in the United States, girls wrestling is the fastest growing sport.)

Every team gains new members.

Every tournament gets bigger.

Wrestling is one of those things that sticks with you. There is just something about it. Maybe it’s the fact that it is so raw, and so individual. Everything that happens out there on the mat is you. Every takedown you get, every point you score, and even every point that is scored against you. Every win, every loss, that is all you. No one else.

Your teammates and coaches can only do so much in practice to help to prepare you, but when it comes time, there is no one out there competing alongside you. Its just you out there.

That’s what makes it unlike every other sport.

It was once said by one of the wrestling greats, Dan Gable, “Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” This rings true on so many levels as wrestling can be seen as a metaphor for life.

There are ups and downs, and though you are doing it all by yourself, you have the support of others. However, you have to deal with what happens to you, and you have to get back up when you get knocked down and you have to keep trying.

The characteristics you learn and the habits you form ripple throughout the rest of your life. Hard work, integrity, discipline, courage, camaraderie, and so much more. The memories you make and the relationships you forge last a lifetime.

So what really is wrestling?

It’s so much more than just a sport…

It is a lifestyle.

Goin’ Through Changes

I hope you read that in the voice of Charles Bradley as he sang is so smoothly.

My website was peer reviewed by Kenneth, and he offered really great feedback.

He mentioned that he liked the organization of my website, and that it was easy to navigate through. Kenneth also explained how he could tell through my writing that I am passionate about the subject, so that is great to hear!

However, Kenneth mentions that the lack of visuals makes my blog seem bland, and that the adding in of pictures may create a more cohesive, and all around experience for my audience. He also explain how visual images will help my audiences to engage with my posts more, and I agree.

I have added some changes into my website based off of Kenneth’s review!

I added my photos of my in my “About Me” page. Along with adding more photos along with my blogs post when I post them. I agree that adding in visuals and pictures will help to gain and keep the engagement of my audience.

So, I hope my audience enjoys this alteration, and like most say, change is good! And my website will “keep going through changes” like Charles Bradley would say.

Time to Compete

It’s October, that means not only spooky season, but wrestling season.

November is when it all starts! (With the exception of some preseason competitions at the end of October)

For SFU, it all starts on Saturday!

The women will compete in their first tournament on Saturday in Calgary Alberta; the ‘Dino Open’. This tournament is a common first competition of the year for SFU, and serves as a good meet to get the team back into the competition mindset along with getting in some good matches with other teams from Canada.

The Men will kick off their season with the SFU Open on November 2nd. This is an international tournament for the men and women and will bring in some great competition for both sides from both Canada and the US.

The Women’s team is looking strong this year, returning as the runner up at the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) National Championships. They will be losing two-time National Champion Dominique Parrish, but will have a lot of great talent returning and incoming for next year.

There are a lot of good women this year for the Simon Fraser Clan, and according to an article by American Women’s Wrestling, there are quite a few girls ranked in the WCWA. Some girls to look out for this year include Junior Ciara McCrae, Redshirt Junior Lauren Mason both ranked 3rd in their respective weight classes, Juniors Alex Hedrick and Alyvia Fiske both ranked 2nd, and Sophomore Serena Woldring ranked 2nd as well. Redshirt Senior Nicole Depa will be returning this year off an injury and will be looking to claim her first title after three 2nd place finishes.

The women’s team will also be adding 10 new members including sisters Karla and Ana Godinez Gonzalez, both National team members for Canada. Ana also comes off this summer as the Junior and Senior National Champion and World Team Member. Other girls to keep an eye on this year are Khaya MacKillop, and Victoria Seal.

As this new season begins, the Simon Fraser University Women’s Wrestling team looks ahead with hopeful eyes. With a strong returning team, they are hoping to continue past traditions of performing and representing the Clan well. They have high goals, and will be working hard to prepare for tournaments starting this weekend and all throughout the year.

The women will be competing in the WCWA National Championships in February, but will also be adding a NCAA National tournament for the first time in history. With a team full of good girls and a season full of good tournaments, the team has high hopes for this year.

Stay tuned for some great wrestling to come!