Discourse Community Draft 1

Introduction

I am writing this report to give people who are interested in this sports community context and insight on how to integrate and become a successful member of this discourse community. To accomplish this I will provide you with essential background knowledge about the community by conducting primary research through direct observation and by interviews with experienced active and retired members from the community. With all this gathered knowledge I will analyze and present my personal recommendations on how you can integrate properly.

Background

Simply put, a discourse community is a group of people who communicate with each other through specific ways, such as language or how they act, in order to achieve goals that unite the group. Members of the wrestling community all enjoy the physical challenge and feeling of accomplishment that you can achieve through the sport. The group has an extensive vocabulary that the average person wouldn’t be able to make sense of, due to the plethora of wrestling move names that are inserted in the average conversation.

The sheer amount of terminology you have to acquire throughout a wrestling career may seem intimidating at first, but you pick it up quickly and the words are easy to retain. The history of wrestling is merky, with many different forms (such as folkstyle, and freestyle) existing at the same time, as well as different forms being created rather recently (Greco-Roman.) Although the history isn’t clear the origin is. The first identifiable form of wrestling started in Ancient Greece during the eighteenth Olympiad in 704BC and was later adopted by the Romans which further bolstered its popularity. But the modern revival of Wrestling can be attributed to the Europeans, where wrestling made its big comeback in the United Kingdom. The sheer influence of the British Empire helped spread and inject wrestling into “modern” culture.

Research and Analysis

There were about eighteen members on my wrestling team when I graduated, eight of them being veteran wrestlers, meaning I had a vast pond of knowledge I could fish from. There is also a youth wrestling program ran by some out of town coaches which provides an even more extensive hub of knowledge. The team would meet four times every week after the final school bell rang. Practice usually runs from 2:50pm to 4:30pm, usually later if the team was nearing an important tournament. The ages are diverse, with the team being made up of members ranging from fourteen to eighteen years old. Last season was unusual, with a singular female being allowed to join the team, as well as a 8th grader that was attending a high school prep course at the school being let on the team.

Each practice had a predetermined schedule that was written up by our coach beforehand. A usual distribution of time would be a ten minute warm up, mostly focusing on heartrate  increasing movements meant to get us ready to move, followed by a stretching routine to prevent any injuries that could come about from the strenuous drilling that would follow. After the warm up is finished the practice is in full gear and the drilling begins. “Drills” are pretty much a repeated activity over and over again for a set amount of time. The most common drill would be practicing your favourite standing move meant to take down another competitor. The sheer amount of these moves meant that there was a large variety in what people would be practicing during the drill. These drills would likely go on for fourty minutes, after which a cardio routine is started, usually involving distance running and stair climbs. After that is finished the group partakes in a cool down, which is just a much slower paced version of the warm up, complete with stretching.

On the fifth day of the week a tournament is held, the team gathers into a school bus at 7 am in the morning where they begin the journey to another school. Our home school is situated in a relatively popular area which means the commute to reach other schools isn’t too long, with an hour drive average. Tournaments regularly last for six hours, with the goal being an overall points victory for the team. This win is what motivates every wrestler. While the individual medal may be great, contributing to your team and bringing home a victory for your school should be the goal.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Their is a lot to learn in wrestling, from the moves to the vocabulary used during a match, but having talked it out with my former team and friends I can put fourth two recommendations.

Learn. Learn everyday. Every single day you go to a practice you should be focused on improving not only your body but your mind with knowledge.

And two. Do not give up. Keep pushing forward.

 

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