Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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I've avoided injury for the most part in my athletic career, until recently when I heard that fateful "pop" in my knee during training. But I've been making recovery a positive experience.
I recently discovered that not much has been written on how to get women into BJJ, so I did some research and talked to women I know who practice the art. Here's what they had to share on the topic.
There are no rights without attendant responsibilities. As a student of BJJ you have responsibilities to yourself, your instructor, and your community. I'm going to outline them. Tell me if you agree.
Given the complexity of BJJ relationships, I’ve put a stake in the ground as to the ones I believe every grappler should enjoy. See if you agree with my five undeniable rights of the grappler.
How do I acknowledge that my particular game and orientation to training, teaching, and describing jiu jitsu are rooted in a larger context of instruction? How do I give credit where credit is due?
Life balance is not a destination. Rather, it is a never-ending journey that requires constant adjustment, sometimes major and sometimes barely perceptible. It's a bit like a Swiss ball.
The Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship is going strong. I see blue belts doing things I could never do as a blue belt. Seeing these competitors makes me think on what drives the evolution of the sport.
We’re facing some difficulties and doubts lately, and I wanted to reaffirm my belief in you and your power for good. And even though I probably don’t say it enough, I’m in it for the long haul.
What’s your grappling soundtrack? Here's my top ten songs for grappling. If you don't like my choices, feel free to comment. Turns out music is one of those topics that inspires lots of emotion!
I find it freeing that jiu jitsu allows me to express my masculine side. As women, we need to realize the way we've been socialize and our feminine behavior may not be appropriate in the gym.
If you're a man, imagine how your perspective on the world might differ if you were concerned for your physical safety pretty much all the time - and how it might affect your orientation to jiu jitsu.
Once I tapped out a man I was training with and he threw an actual tantrum. What I said to him next impacted his life and mine for many years to come.