Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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It’s been about 6 months since the story broke that 2 male grapplers allegedly sexually assaulted their female teammate. What are we all doing to have a positive impact on our jiu jitsu world?
Because I view everything in terms of what life has to teach me about BJJ and vice versa, I found some parallels between the fun I had at karaoke and the lessons I try to learn as a grappler.
I had so much fun writing my last piece about things I wish I had known when I started BJJ, that I decided to write about five more things I wish I had known. Sadly, that turned out to be quite easy.
Can you make observations of your training and performance devoid of meaning and emotion? This is an essential skill in learning (and also for your emotional health).
I’ve been thinking about how little I knew when I first began training BJJ. In the spirit of helping newcomers to the sport, here’s a list of 5 things I wish I had known when I first started.
Another BJJ Mundial has passed and once again I feel both exhilarated and depressed. And I just watched this time. Here's what the Mundial means to me. What does it do for you?
Many of the stereotypes in the grappling world about one or the other gender are often not necessarily accurate, in that the behaviors can be widely characteristic of both sexes.
Jen is a yoga teacher who specializes in instructing other yogis to become teachers. Her life journey has been a literal and figurative one, and from it has sprung both her practice and passion.
To me the fistbump or handslap that begins a sparring session in BJJ means more than just, "I'm ready to begin." It signifies a pact between two teammates for a bigger goal.
It's easy to feel like when others get ahead in training or competition that it means you're behind. But what if there's plenty for everybody? What if the success of others is proof you can do it too?
If we agree that taking notes is a useful tool in the learning process, then how do we effectively take notes in a sweaty, crazy BJJ class? Here are my thoughts.
I don't think I was ever formally taught how to "flow roll" in BJJ. It seems crystal clear, but it's actually quite hard. Here are my thoughts on what it is and how to do it.