Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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When preparing for competition, today looks a lot like yesterday, and tomorrow will be more of the same. It’s the recipe for success, but it’s not exactly sexy.
When preparing for a big competition of any kind individuals tend to “psyche themselves up.” Do you act tough or are you a calm competitor? What's YOUR game face?
I took some time off training to give myself a break, both physically and mentally, before winding back up to prepare for the Mundial. Now I've got five weeks and a list of things to fine tune.
How often do you just accept the status quo instead of pushing for something better? In jiu jitsu, as in life, sometimes we need to insist on our game.
Being philosophical is tiring, especially on top of jet-lag. But I had a great experience in Abu Dhabi, which I'm going to use to make me a better grappler. Plus, I have a clean bill of health!
Whether for a promotion or a gold medal, sometimes we must compete against friends. How do you keep mutual respect for each other while still respecting the competition?
I spent my Easter/Passover weekend using as many forms of transportation as possible to travel to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi World Pro tournament. I also made some macaroni pictures.
Injury is a fact of the grappler's life. But how should we handle it if WE are the reason a training partner gets injured?
Here's a recap of my PanAms experience, and an explanation of "competus interruptus," as well as what's in store for me soon in Abu Dhabi!
Not all of us can be the best in the world at Brazilian jiu-jitsu. But all of us can make a meaningful contribution to the sport if we want to.
If I'm not dialed in mentally, the rest of my training goes out the window. I'm working on communicating positively with myself!
You can find a BJJ tournament any time of year, but there are some events that draw lots of big names and big action. The event scheduled the end of this month in Irvine, CA, is one such tournament.