Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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In an effort to educate myself about the roots of the martial art I love, I recently watched the 1999 documentary Choke - which is basically all about the amazing Rickson Gracie.
As a woman in a male-dominated sport, I have experienced sexism of every stripe. Sadly, I've also handed it out. Here are 3 things I've learned and admitted about grappling, gender, and myself.
Private lessons are a great way to build your technique, whatever your sport might be, but they can also be expensive. Here are six ways to make the most out of your learning experience.
Cameron Conaway may be retired from MMA, but he will always be the Warrior Poet. Today he takes his fights, and his poetry, toward new battlegrounds around the world.
Martial arts and poetry saved Cameron Conaway's life. That's how he feels about his writing and his discovery of MMA at age 14. Find out how the Warrior Poet was born and how he was saved.
What can a dog teach you about your own athletics and health? Here are 8 ways we can learn from dogs, including how to identify you rabbit poop and pursue it with abandon.
I recently watched "Enter the Dragon" for the first time ever. Finally, I understood it's universal appeal, and how badass the fight scenes are. Bruce Lee and his movie are timeless for a reason.
I often solicit advice from coaches and teammates, and sometimes I offer opinions to others about their training. Here are 2 tips that will serve you well, as either advice giver or receiver.
A fundamental movement pattern that helps BJJ practitioners learn the use of the hips is called, variously, the “shrimp,” the “elbow escape,” and the “hip escape.” Here's how to drill the movement.
Our survival instincts aren't always the most useful thing when it comes to our training. In fact, we may be putting ourselves in danger, by choice, on a daily basis in the gym.
I work hard at self-awareness. I find it to be helpful to my learning process as an athlete. I discovered I always follow the same 5 step process of breakdown and awareness. It's ugly, but it works.
Matt Polly wrote a new book on his experience going from everyday Joe to an MMA fighter. Find out what he learned about the sport and himself in the process.