What does it mean to love a grappler?
For the people in our live, jiu-jitsu is can be an odd gorilla in the room. Jiu-jitsu can be a source of joy, motivation, and inspiration, but it can also be a source of pain, frustration, and anger. Our sport is a challenging one full of highs and lows. It’s demanding, time-consuming, and ever-present.
So if you love someone who loves jiu-jitsu, it’s almost like being in a relationship with the individual that you care about and with jiu-jitsu by proxy.
To help families and friends navigate these waters, Valerie Worthington, one of the visionaries behind Groundswell Grappling Concepts–alongside the likes of Emily Kwok, Hanatte Staack, and Lola Newsom–wrote a lighthearted guide. Worthington’s book at once serves a primer on the sport and what it entails and as a self-help book of sorts, offering advice and considerations for parties on either side of the jiu-jitsu line. Worthington’s open and conversational style helps to demystify the love for jiu-jitsu and to foster conversation. The goal of the book is not to convince non-grapplers to love everything about jiu-jitsu. Instead, the goal is to get both sides to come to a better understanding of each other to make jiu-jitsu a source of positivity.
The e-book is free, and an typical Artechoke fashion, it is media rich as well, containing interviews with Worthington’s parents and Lola Newsom’s children, providing another layer of unique insights into how jiu-jitsu affects and integrates with families. Check out this sample video below: