GCD Leadership

I am part of a youth rugby team in Yokohama that trains once a week and participates in fixtures vs. other teams from around the Kanto plains. Many of the players that I play alongside are new to rugby, and therefore are much more inexperienced than I am and often make mistakes. Due to my much more significant playing experience, it is up to me to keep an eye out for any errors that my team-mates are making and let them know what they’re doing wrong and how to fix it. For example, during a game that I played on Saturday a few weeks ago, I often found that there were many players on my team unsure of what to be doing and getting in the way of other players. During half-time, I made sure to talk to the inexperienced players making those errors and let them know where they should go, and exactly what they needed to be doing, such as telling someone who was getting in the way between me and the person I wanted to pass to where they should be when we’re in attack. Once the game restarted, I found that there were fewer people confused as to where they needed to go and what they needed to be doing on the pitch, and we were able to have a much more successful second half.

This has changed me as often times when I played rugby with people with similar playing experience as me, I would be the quietest person on the pitch, however, due to the fact that I was playing with people who often times didn’t know what they were doing, It was up to me to make sure that my voice was heard across the pitch. From then on, whenever we have games I am often very loud and communicate with my teammates a lot more than I previously used to. I have learned how important communication is when playing sports, as when I wasn’t communicating with my teammates, we were extremely disorganized and not very successful in our game, but when I was talking to my teammates, we were much more successful and much more organized in our game. I realised that this could be translated to not just other sports, but group projects in school as well as often in group projects instead of taking leadership I just do what others tell me to do without really asking any questions. This has led me to become more vocal in group activities and let my other group members know exactly what I think they should be doing if they feel unsure of what to do

Global Understanding

Twice a week I participate in the MUN (Model United Nations) activity provided by the school during lunchtimes. In MUN we choose a country to represent and have discussions on various global topics. For example, I am the delegate of Vietnam along with one other member and we have recently had discussions on the current ongoing crisis in Venezuela. We researched what the crisis in Venezuela was, and Vietnams involvement with it. We found that the Crisis in Venezuela included a hyper-inflated currency, with the current president being under fire for not being able to handle the situation adequately, leading to many people fleeing from the country. We also realised that Vietnam had no real obligations to be helping out Venezuela in this current situation and that Vietnam was also on its way to becoming a fully developed country, so my partner and I decided to inform the house that we had no intention (at this point in time) of helping out Venezuela.

This experience changed me as I learned that many countries could be going through significant turmoil, whether that be political, economic or social, and that just because I don’t see any of it on the Japanese news stations, doesn’t mean that there aren’t any problems going on in this world.  ————–

Altitude Training Blog Post Science ROTIOS

According to the Merriam Webster, altitude training is “athletic training that is done at high altitudes (over 5000 feet above sea level) or in an environment that simulates high altitudes in order to improve athletic performance.” However, I will be focusing more on the natural aspect of altitude training. There are three main ways to do this. The live low train high method, the live high train low method, and the live high train high method (altitude.org). When training in higher altitudes, athletes will draw in less oxygen per breath when compared to lower altitudes, which means that each breath will be delivering less oxygen to the muscles, depending on how high up the athlete chooses to go because the “effect (of altitude training) is most dramatic at altitudes greater than 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) above sea level.” (livescience.com).


Exercising at a high altitude, acclimatizes athletes towards high altitudes, and helps “improve the delivery of oxygen to the muscles” (altitude.com). According to runnersworld.com, when training at a high altitude,  “Levels of EPO that stimulates the production of red blood cells spikes to a maximum within 24 to 48 hours of arriving at altitude, and studies with elite athletes have shown that levels of hemoglobin can increase by about one percent per week at altitude.”. But having a surplus or red blood cells makes blood thicker and can also make blood flow “sluggish” which leads to it being harder for the heart to pump blood through the body (altitude.com), furthermore, altitude training could lead to altitude sickness, which would negate any possible benefits if incurred.


There is much debate within the athletic and scientific community about whether there actually are benefits towards altitude training. In 2011, a team led by Carsten Lundby and the University of Zurich conducted experiments to see if the benefits to altitude training, more specifically the live high train low method, which is when athletes “live at high altitude and train at low altitude” to reap the benefits of both worlds, (i.e. high altitude acclimatization, while maintaining the intensity of low altitude training) (NSCA.com). They found that there were no benefits to this method, and that performance did not improve. They then tested out the live low train high method for sprinters and found that altitude training failed to improve athletes performance again, which casts a cloud of doubt over the effectiveness of altitude training.


Many people believe that this form of training should be banned, as it could (potentially) give athletes an artificial, unfair advantage over others. However, due to the fact that altitude training hasn’t shown to positively affect athletes performance, personally, I believe until there is concrete evidence that altitude training positively affects performance, altitude training shouldn’t be banned. Even if altitude training is found to positively affect player performance, I am still sceptical as to whether it should be banned, as it could be difficult to regulate, as there are no current methods to see whether someone has been to a high altitude or not, and may force athletes who live in high altitude areas to relocate, which could cost a lot of money and time at the expense of those athletes, who may not be able to relocate due to financial issues, or a whole host of other potential issues that restrict them from doing so.


Works Cited:

Hutchinson, Alex. “Does ‘Live Low, Train High’ Work?” Runner’s World, Runner’s World, 25 May 2018, www.runnersworld.com/training/a20797359/does-live-low-train-high-work/.

Ness, Jamie. “Https://Www.nsca.com/UploadedFiles/NSCA/Resources/PDF/Education/Articles/Assoc_Publications_PDFs/live_high_train_low.Pdf.” NSCA.com, University Of Kentucky, 2010, www.nsca.com/uploadedFiles/NSCA/Resources/PDF/Education/Articles/Assoc_Publications_PDFs/live_high_train_low.pdf.

Simpson, Alistair. “Altitude Training.” Altitude.org | Haemoglobin Carries Oxygen in the Blood, Altitude.org, June 2007, www.altitude.org/altitude_training.php.

Peterson, Dan. “Why Do Athletes Train at High Altitudes?” LiveScience, Purch, 9 Aug. 2010, www.livescience.com/32750-why-do-athletes-train-at-high-altitudes.html.

les presento a olivier

Les presento a Olivier. Olivier tiene catorce años. El es de Inglaterra. Su numero de telefono es 080-3345-6983. A Olivier le gusta comer. A Olivier especialmente le gusta pizza y frutas. A Olivier tambien le gusta correr y montar en bicicleta. A Olivier no le gusta escuchar musica. A Olivier tambien no le gusta jugar al futbol. Olivier le gusta mucho mirar la television porque es entretenido.

How religion has impacted my life

I celebrate Christmas every year. not because i am christian but my grandparents are so i feel they have influenced me there. i also often tend to not do things that i consider to be bad luck such as walk under ladders. i feel that religions has also influenced me there.  religion has impacted my life by being more thoughtful about others.