Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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If you saw one of your favorite sports celebrities, would you talk to them? Would you stand back? I asked a professor of sociology specializing in fame what her thoughts were on fan interaction.
I have advocated elsewhere that BJJ be treated like an academic discipline. Today I muse on how preparing for competition and studying for college exams are quite alike - in exactly five ways.
Hidden curriculum refers to the lessons, habits of mind, and accepted behaviors members of a group pick up by observation. Learn how to discover and guide these behaviors as a coach.
The Fighter’s Mind is for readers who want to understand how and why any of us challenge ourselves to improve. It is a book for and about fighters. In other words, it is a book for and about us.
You're a coach with a student who asks to train with you for free. Not sure what to do? Let's walk through what this looks like in terms of setting boundaries and feeling good about your decision.
Training a student for free and feeling let-down? Uncomfortable with an instructor who keeps hitting on you? Money, relationships, and hero worship are murky areas of boundaries in athletics.
You have no doubt encountered conflicts in relationships, sometimes arising from boundaries being crossed or just not existing. Why are boundaries good and how can develop awareness of them?
Kulsoom Abdullah paved the way for Muslim women to wear traditional garb while competing in weightlifting. Now she talks about other aspects of religion and training, like fasting during Ramadan.
In her home country Kulsoom would have no access to athletic facilities. In the U.S. she was told she could not compete in her religious garb. What happens when religion and weightlifting collide?
Learn about parkour competition, the difference between parkour and free running, and also some suggestions for what the novice looking to try parkour might want to seek out.
To continue my exploration into the sport of parkour, I decided to talk with Tim Koren, a relatively new traceur who was able to help me understand the moves and how it is trained.
Parkour? Par-what? Freerunning? What are people talking about and why are they climbing all over EVERYTHING? Get the lowdown on this awesome sport you can literally do ANYWHERE.