Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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My relationship with BJJ is evolving. Sometimes I wear a suit and talk to academics, and sometimes I write about jiu jitsu instead of training. I am merging my lives into one whole.
It occurs when an upper belt “handles” a spazzy newbie, tapping the person repeatedly, imposing control, and otherwise demonstrating to the grappler that s/he is not all that.
I’ve noticed a few idiosyncrasies in my behavior that have the potential to out me as a grappler among people who don’t already know I am one. Read on to see if any of this sounds familiar.
I like to use the phrase "owning my training." But what do I mean by that? I'm going to share a personal (and not so flattering story) to illustrate what is actually an empowering concept.
I've avoided injury for the most part in my athletic career, until recently when I heard that fateful "pop" in my knee during training. But I've been making recovery a positive experience.
I recently discovered that not much has been written on how to get women into BJJ, so I did some research and talked to women I know who practice the art. Here's what they had to share on the topic.
There are no rights without attendant responsibilities. As a student of BJJ you have responsibilities to yourself, your instructor, and your community. I'm going to outline them. Tell me if you agree.
Given the complexity of BJJ relationships, I’ve put a stake in the ground as to the ones I believe every grappler should enjoy. See if you agree with my five undeniable rights of the grappler.
How do I acknowledge that my particular game and orientation to training, teaching, and describing jiu jitsu are rooted in a larger context of instruction? How do I give credit where credit is due?
Life balance is not a destination. Rather, it is a never-ending journey that requires constant adjustment, sometimes major and sometimes barely perceptible. It's a bit like a Swiss ball.
The Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship is going strong. I see blue belts doing things I could never do as a blue belt. Seeing these competitors makes me think on what drives the evolution of the sport.
We’re facing some difficulties and doubts lately, and I wanted to reaffirm my belief in you and your power for good. And even though I probably don’t say it enough, I’m in it for the long haul.