Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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Who doesn't love camp? You get to do fun things and make new friends. For the adult, female grapplers out there, you can STILL go to camp - Women's Grappling Camp.
We may not be motivated by the desire to demonstrate leadership qualities when we become the arbiters of our own, most authentic lives, but we kind of can’t help it, it seems.
I apologize a lot when I train jiu jitsu. When I CrossFit, too. I started to pay attention to this, to wonder why I apologize for things that I wasn’t sure actually require an apology.
With apologies to the Beastie Boys. It’s time to hang up my Athlete Journal hat and try on one with maybe a bit more punching and kicking.
When does athletic activity cross the boundary from life enhancing to unhealthy preoccupation? What can we do about it?
Time for an attitude adjustment. Time to get out of the post-tournament-loss dark place and remember why I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu...and myself.
Sometimes a paradigm shift looks like a tiny change. If we want change, even slow movement will serve us better than immobilization. We don’t have to rush, but we do have to move.
I competed at Worlds on Saturday and I lost. I’m not happy with how I competed because I feel I regressed to old habits. I’m not taking any opportunity for growth or looking for the lesson.
Neil Peart, drummer for the rock band Rush, taught me something valuable about being a BJJ black belt. It's taken me a while to figure out how to explain it, but here you go.
Worlds start today and I compete tomorrow, but I'm thinking about what I'm going to do after it's over. To spoil myself. Here are my five things I plan to do and my justification of each.
The hour is nigh. It’s time to go into battle and other deep, meaningful things. It’s time for the BJJ Worlds, aka Mundials! Let me walk you through the experience, step by step.
This week the struggle is dealing with life and feeling prepared for the Mundial (world championship) at the same time. So I'm thinking about the Girl Scout motto...and their cookies.