Training Jiujitsu at Davis Martial Arts in Humble, you see some crazy stuff from time to time as well. We make sure to encourage our guys to tap "EARLY" rather late. The tap is just part of the training process. I feel that tapping is a tool to learn what not to do. Put your arm in the wrong place, TAP. Leave your neck unprotected, TAP. Your always learning in Jiujitsu.
Recently we were at a tournament and I saw a kid in a bad position. The kimura was locked in,TIGHT. The kid wouldn't tap. Well, if you don't tap in certain situations, what tends to follow is the SNAP. Tough lesson to learn at such a young age, but hopefully its one that will stick in his mind forever.
One of my good friends jokingly, maybe, tells me "I don't tap to B.S.(You know who you are). We laugh and joke about it but I think its a real dangerous mind set to have. But for him, he can probably get away with it. For the majority of us however, the reality is you TAP.
With those that train, they tend to have a competitive edge to them, whether they ever compete or not. Class training is sometimes their tournament. So, as an instructor you have to make sure they stay safe and they keep their partners safe as well.
We want guys to fight. We want you to try and escape. We want guys to be successful. When your training everyday with the same guys, they learn your game. Plus, your training with skilled guys everyday that are learning the same things you are, so at the least, its difficult.
Convincing the new guys that the tap is part of the training process is extremely difficult. Most new people have one thing only in their arsenal, STRENGTH. Being new to Jiujitsu means you have no technique yet, so they tend use what they do have.
On the flip side to that, is that new guys also tend to tap way early. I grab the collars, tap. I am in mount, tap. Knee ride, TAP. I can see the knee ride tap. Knee ride sucks. Its all a learning process. Baby steps. No Jiujitsu for dummies is gonna save you from the dreaded TAP.
At Humble Jiujitsu, we focus on technique. Leverage over strength. The fundamental basis to Jiujitsu. The idea is that the smaller man can overcome the power and size of a larger one, through the application of leverage and technique. How beautiful is that? 125 lb guys can submit 200 lb guys with Jiujitsu all day long. SWEET....
As the new guys come along, they build up a few techniques. They have escapes, counters, and a submission or two. The tend to move away from the no tap zone.
Tap early rather than late. Learn from the tap. With every loss you gain a little more knowledge. What to do and not to do. You just have to be open to the experience. Every roll is a class within itself. Every sweep, counter, pass, or position a side note to remember.
As always remember
Practice Makes Permanent
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