Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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Before you ask your coach for advice, make sure you are truly willing to change your behavior.
Remember that the goal is not to meet your need to be of assistance, but to meet the need of someone who is going through a difficult time
I’ve come to realize that there are many examples of how the unique ecosystem known as Brazilian jiu jitsu follows its own physical and natural laws.
There are compelling arguments for BJJ practitioners to incorporate skills, concepts, and habits of mind that are traditionally associated with wrestling.
I have allowed BJJ to influence my choices throughout my life. So nobody found it more unexpected than I when I spent the final months of 2013 not giving a flying f*ck about it.
In my mind, the only person who can answer the question, “Do I belong in BJJ?” is the person asking it. It all boils down to the answers to three questions you need to ask yourself.
I like Justin Timberlake. You do too. Admit it. While listening to his newest song, I’ve been thinking about mirrors, both actual ones and how people can be mirrors for us, in training and in life.
I f*ck up. And sometimes when I f*ck up I am unable to maintain perspective. I denigrate myself and grow my mistakes in my mind to be so big that they displace all the good things I am and have done.
No matter how long I train, every time I collect my gym bag, walk through the door, and suit up, there’s always that sense of anticipation, which, I’m not going to lie, has some anxiety mixed in.
One of the many gifts BJJ has given me is the capacity to be completely and utterly present. So when I find my mind wandering, or when I start to worry, I make a conscious decision to snap out of it.
There are times when my life is absolutely on point. This is not one of those. I’m not getting my training in, and I’m not going to anytime soon, at least not to the level I’m used to and prefer.
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