Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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What do they say - behind every silver lining is a dark cloud? They lived happily ever after, until the honeymoon period wore off? My first Athlete Journal entry.
It's competition season for grapplers, and I am getting ready for several upcoming tournaments. In the coming weeks, I'm going to write about my preparation - come along for the ride!
Not sure where to start learning? Start small. Over time, enough manageable chunks will take us farther than we ever thought possible. In anything.
I asked some grapplers how and why they got started in BJJ, to continue to try to explain that elusive “X-factor.” Read on for the stories of some of my fellow disciples.
Animal House reminds us "fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life." Add to this "arrogant" and "entitled." And read on to start accessing your humility.
In my experience, my relationship with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has had many of the trappings of a marriage. What's your relationship like? Extended honeymoon or separate bedrooms?
How do you prepare for battle? Many competitors have rituals they follow to get them in the best physical and mental state. Do any of these descriptions fit your pre-contest rituals?
I learned the hard way that constantly beating up my body without appreciating what it gave me can only end up in a place of illness and injury. Read how I learned to express gratitude to my body.
Ever wondered what you might have in common with Superman? Read on to find out - but don't get too excited, because when it comes to training we all have our "kryptonite."
If you train martial arts, you might end up having to leave your school for some reason and join another. Read on for some suggestions about how to make the process smoother and show proper respect.
What does it mean to be coachable? What are your responsibilities as an athlete/student in your relationship with your coach? Find out what some experienced coaches have to say on the matter.
Love is in the air - and at the academy. Get into the Valentine's Day spirit with the story of two people who met and fell in love thanks to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!