Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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Another BJJ Mundial has passed and once again I feel both exhilarated and depressed. And I just watched this time. Here's what the Mundial means to me. What does it do for you?
Many of the stereotypes in the grappling world about one or the other gender are often not necessarily accurate, in that the behaviors can be widely characteristic of both sexes.
Since the use of analogy is ubiquitous in the human experience, it makes sense to consider how best to maximize their power in our teaching and coaching. Read on for a few suggestions:
Jen is a yoga teacher who specializes in instructing other yogis to become teachers. Her life journey has been a literal and figurative one, and from it has sprung both her practice and passion.
When I'm in anticipation of coaching a seminar I go to a very dark and insecure place. At least I did until a realization I had this past weekend about myself and what I have to offer.
To me the fistbump or handslap that begins a sparring session in BJJ means more than just, "I'm ready to begin." It signifies a pact between two teammates for a bigger goal.
It's easy to feel like when others get ahead in training or competition that it means you're behind. But what if there's plenty for everybody? What if the success of others is proof you can do it too?
If we agree that taking notes is a useful tool in the learning process, then how do we effectively take notes in a sweaty, crazy BJJ class? Here are my thoughts.
I don't think I was ever formally taught how to "flow roll" in BJJ. It seems crystal clear, but it's actually quite hard. Here are my thoughts on what it is and how to do it.
Andrew Read might have just finished Ironman Melbourne, but he's already preparing for his next challenge - completing the Spartan Beast and Ultra Beast races on back-to-back days.
Phaidra's grandfather told her she could do anything, and so she did. From law school, to pro rugby, to an eye on the Olympic bobsled team, Phaidra believes in reinvention, adventure, and giving back.
In his new book, "Pound for Pound," Brian D'Souza goes behind the scenes of MMA fighting and examines what other journalists won't - the exploitation of some of the sport's biggest names.