Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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When we enter the grappling academy, we become someone different. At least, that’s how it feels, given who we are in other contexts. Does that feel weird to you? It does to me!
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Now comes the time to apply this to myself and my training.
You get home from a competition and all your friends and teammates want to know, "How did you do?" How do you handle this question when you lost and don't want to talk about it?
If your favorite thing to do in your downtime is walk around in your home dressed like the Hamburglar and watch Yo Gabba Gabba, embrace that sh*t. I'm making the most of my training downtime.
Having a sport as a passion can be captivating and rewarding. But there are costs to consider - time, money, relationships, and our own mental health. What are the hidden costs of training?
When preparing for competition, today looks a lot like yesterday, and tomorrow will be more of the same. It’s the recipe for success, but it’s not exactly sexy.
When preparing for a big competition of any kind individuals tend to “psyche themselves up.” Do you act tough or are you a calm competitor? What's YOUR game face?
I took some time off training to give myself a break, both physically and mentally, before winding back up to prepare for the Mundial. Now I've got five weeks and a list of things to fine tune.
How often do you just accept the status quo instead of pushing for something better? In jiu jitsu, as in life, sometimes we need to insist on our game.
Being philosophical is tiring, especially on top of jet-lag. But I had a great experience in Abu Dhabi, which I'm going to use to make me a better grappler. Plus, I have a clean bill of health!
I spent my Easter/Passover weekend using as many forms of transportation as possible to travel to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi World Pro tournament. I also made some macaroni pictures.
Whether for a promotion or a gold medal, sometimes we must compete against friends. How do you keep mutual respect for each other while still respecting the competition?