Do you know what’s the number one thing you’ll do at training; the most frequent one, that is? No, it’s not Hip Escapes, not any sort of a drill, nor any submission or escape that you can think of. The thing which you’ll most often resort to while training is – tapping out.
You’ll tap, a lot! And, well, there is probably one way of tapping out that you resort to more than others… Here’s what it says about you!
THE „THREE SLOW TAPS“ GUY
Do you enjoy taking things slow, and don’t really stress yourself out too much? Hmmm… It most certainly seems to be the case. For, whichever type of a submission you’re caught in, and no matter how tight it may be – you tap out with three slow taps.
Tap. Tap. Tap. That’s how you do it, and you leave your training partners – and opponents – questioning themselves if you’ve tapped because you’ve let them work the submission on you… Or because it was a legit finish.
THE „RAPID TAPS“ GUY
Now, you may be the type of a Jiujiteiro that taps out quickly… No, not fast – but in rapid succession!
It almost seems as if the world’s burning underneath your feet when you’re tapping out. It’s hectic, and it is often done on whichever surface comes nearest – be it the mats, or the training partner’s forehead.
Sure, sometimes you do need to be fast like so, due to the tightness of the submission. But most times, you really don’t.
THE „TAPS WITH FORCE“ GUY
Dude, be honest with us… Do you deadlift a lot? And are you really strong, perhaps with a tad of aggressive temperament?
That’s nothing bad, don’t worry! On the contrary, it can be really good for your BJJ journey. But hey, it’s really obvious, because you’re the type of guy that taps out with FORCE.
Thankfully, you’re using the mats for your taps, because every time you’re submitted it’s almost like an earthquake shattering across the room. Just don’t tap on your training partner’s forehead. Please.
THE „TAPS OUT TOO EARLY“ GUY
So you’ve only just begun your BJJ journey, eh? That’s great. And do you know how we figured that out? By seeing you tapping out way too early and when you don’t really need to.
Mount heavier than usual? Tap. Arm just below the chin? Tap out. Heel gets touched? Don’t waste a second.
But so what? Everyone needs to get used to Jiu Jitsu and its many uncomfortable ways. So just keep tapping; better safe than sorry.
THE „DECISIVE TAP“ GUY
A man of confidence, decisiveness, and not many words – that is you. For, you don’t tap out three times in a row. Not more than that, nor even two times in a row.
You tap. Out. Only. Once.
Just one „slap“ to the ground or training partner, and that’s all that you need… You cold-blooded professional. That’s cool; but consider adding at least one more rep to it. So that your training partners (or opponents) don’t miss it.
THE „VOCAL TAP“ GUY
Every BJJ academy has a person who doesn’t use his hands to tap. Like, ever. He just likes to say: „Tap, tap“, and then restart the roll.
All of his limbs may be free for that real, physical tap… But nope, he just likes to say it out loud.
If you’re this guy, you may have a good career in public speaking or sales.
THE „DOESN’T TAP“ GUY
And if you’re this sort of a Jiujiteiro, well… You aren’t going to stick around for long. Start tapping out.
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