Makoto AbeHello my name is Makoto Abe. I am from Japan. I have lived in Thailand for 12 years. Andright now I will be talking about how the four ways of knowing affected my experience as avolleyball player.Q. What is your most memorable extracurricular activity you have done throughout yourhigh school career?A. Volleyball has been my most memorable extracurricular activity I have done throughoutmy high school career because volleyball is something I feel truly proud of since I haveworked hard for a goal. And my goal was to get into the varsity team and even though I wasnot chosen until my senior year, I do not regret working hard for this goal.Q. What ways of knowing relate to this?Among the four ways of knowing I believe that my volleyball experience applies to reason,emotion and language.Q. How does reason relate to this experience? 1st slide: Reason is very important in volleyball because everyone has to be strategicin order to win the game. There has to be numerous plays to trick the opponents to winpoints and my coaches have to think strategically when to place which player at whichposition. For example: when the setter sets then the spiker will hit it. However in the secondset, the spiker might instead tip the ball or give the ball to the opponent’s setter in order toconfuse the opponents. Also volleyball may apply to inductive reasoning. When player X goes and does a spike, the player Y who is behind player X must get ready to get any balls that might get blocked by the opposing team. Therefore the generalization that the ball would go to player Y is formed. Volleyball must make these generalizations in order to predict the other player’s movements.Q: How does emotion relate to this experience? 2rd slide: Emotion deeply affects my teammates’ condition in a game. Whenevereveryone feels sad because of a previous loss of a game, then everyone will perform badly.However whenever the team succeeds then we do better together and are emotionallystable. Also our successes and failures play a lot with our emotions. When we lose we feelunhappy but whenever we win we feel happiness. This idea connects to the James-Lange theory because all my team mates feel a sense of heaviness in their bodies after a loss in a game. Also they would
not talk and would simply sleep or sit down quietly. Therefore these physical symptoms further effected our emotions.Q: How does language relate to this experience? 3nd slide: Language is the key to communicate with my coaches and teammates inorder to win the game. Therefore body language helped me communicate with myteammates and my coaches. For examples, high fives, body touches, and hand motionshelped us communicate various things across the court. Also I have learned that languagealso contributes to our emotions. Whenever I was in panic in a game, the coaches or myteammates will use language to help me calm down whether it was in words or with bodylanguage. For example my coaches would always praise me when I do a good play such as: “Good job Makoto.” “Nice spiking!” Or simply a thumbs up or a smile. And the team captains would always tell me: “It’s alright Makoto” which makes me relax during a game.Q. How are these factors important for your experience?A. I believe that these four ways of knowing had made me become a stronger player.Q. How can you apply this knowledge in the future?A. I can apply language and its effectiveness to calm and motivate others in the future. Also Ihave learned that emotion has a large impact on our performances therefore I would alwayswant to think about my emotional conditions as well as my physical conditions in the future.