Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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Time for an attitude adjustment. Time to get out of the post-tournament-loss dark place and remember why I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu...and myself.
Sometimes a paradigm shift looks like a tiny change. If we want change, even slow movement will serve us better than immobilization. We don’t have to rush, but we do have to move.
I competed at Worlds on Saturday and I lost. I’m not happy with how I competed because I feel I regressed to old habits. I’m not taking any opportunity for growth or looking for the lesson.
Neil Peart, drummer for the rock band Rush, taught me something valuable about being a BJJ black belt. It's taken me a while to figure out how to explain it, but here you go.
Worlds start today and I compete tomorrow, but I'm thinking about what I'm going to do after it's over. To spoil myself. Here are my five things I plan to do and my justification of each.
The hour is nigh. It’s time to go into battle and other deep, meaningful things. It’s time for the BJJ Worlds, aka Mundials! Let me walk you through the experience, step by step.
This week the struggle is dealing with life and feeling prepared for the Mundial (world championship) at the same time. So I'm thinking about the Girl Scout motto...and their cookies.
When we enter the grappling academy, we become someone different. At least, that’s how it feels, given who we are in other contexts. Does that feel weird to you? It does to me!
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Now comes the time to apply this to myself and my training.
You get home from a competition and all your friends and teammates want to know, "How did you do?" How do you handle this question when you lost and don't want to talk about it?
If your favorite thing to do in your downtime is walk around in your home dressed like the Hamburglar and watch Yo Gabba Gabba, embrace that sh*t. I'm making the most of my training downtime.
Having a sport as a passion can be captivating and rewarding. But there are costs to consider - time, money, relationships, and our own mental health. What are the hidden costs of training?