Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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“Given unlimited mat space, all grapplers thereon will nonetheless congregate in a very small confined space.” It might sound funny, but BJJ physics is dangerous. Here's how to avoid getting hurt.
Managing a classroom, be it in a school or a gym, is more than just teaching the material. There are other variables to consider, and other questions for new coaches in particular to ask themselves.
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.
Since the use of analogy is ubiquitous in the human experience, it makes sense to consider how best to maximize their power in our teaching and coaching. Read on for a few suggestions:
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.
When I'm in anticipation of coaching a seminar I go to a very dark and insecure place. At least I did until a realization I had this past weekend about myself and what I have to offer.