Welcome to Tapping Out 101: A Beginner's Guide to Surrendering in BJJ.

Tapping out can be a controversial topic in the BJJ world, with some seeing it as a sign of weakness and others recognizing its importance for keeping training safe and injury-free.

In this post, I'll explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of tapping out, and why it's actually a good thing (yes, you read that right).

I will also share some tips on how to tap out properly because I have seen so many new guys have no idea whatsoever how to do it and there is not a lot of video instructional on the subject.

First, let's start with the ugly.

Tapping out can be a tough pill to swallow, especially for those of us with a competitive streak.

It can be hard to admit defeat and surrender to our opponent, especially when we're in the heat of a tough match.

But let's face it, sometimes our pride gets the best of us and we stubbornly refuse to tap out, even when our body is screaming at us to give up.

This can lead to unnecessary injuries and setbacks in our training, which is definitely not a good thing.

Now for the bad.

Tapping out can also be embarrassing, especially if you're new to BJJ and still learning the ropes.

It's natural to want to prove ourselves and show off our skills, but sometimes we get in over our heads and end up tapping out sooner than we would have liked.

This can be frustrating and demoralizing, but it's important to remember that tapping out is a natural part of the learning process.

It's all part of the journey to becoming a better BJJ practitioner.

And now for the good.

Tapping out is actually a good thing because it means you're being smart and taking care of your body.

It's better to tap out and live to fight another day than to push yourself beyond your limits and risk injury.

Tapping out also allows us to learn from our mistakes and improve our skills, so we can come back stronger and better prepared next time.

And let's not forget, tapping out is a sign of respect for our opponent and the sport of BJJ.

It shows that we're not willing to risk our health or the health of our training partner just to win a match.

How to tap out the right way

Congratulations, you've made it to the How to Tap Out section of Tapping Out 101!

By now, you should have a good understanding of what tapping out is and why it's important in BJJ.

But now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty and learn how to tap out with style and proper etiquette.

Tap out clearly and decisively

First things first, make sure you tap out clearly and decisively.

There's nothing worse than a half-hearted tap, also known as the Brazilian tap, that leaves your opponent confused and unsure if the match is over.

So, don't be shy, go for it!

Tap hard and tap fast, and make sure your opponent knows you're done.

If you can't tap using your hand, a verbal tap by yelling "TAP!" is also acceptable.

You also need to make sure to tap on your opponent's body parts so they can feel the tap, rather than tapping on the floor like in the movies or pro-wrestling shows.

Your opponent might not be able to hear it if you do that.

More Dos and Donts of tapping out

- DO:

1. Tap out as soon as you feel like you're in danger of being injured: Better safe than sorry!

2. Tap out when you're getting submitted and your opponent has control: There's no point in risking injury just to prove a point.

3. Tap out with respect and gratitude: Your opponent is helping you improve, so show them some appreciation.

- DO NOT:

1. Refuse to tap out just because you're feeling stubborn or prideful: This is a recipe for injury.

2. Tap out in a disrespectful or rude manner: Remember, we're all here to learn and improve, not to be jerks.

3. Try to "coach" your opponent when you are about to get submitted: This takes away the legitimacy of the submission from your opponent and you are acting as if you are giving the tap to them when in reality, you are legitimately got caught.

Knowing when to tap out

Knowing when to tap out can be tricky.

That's why I am here to help you avoid the tap-out tug-of-war and navigate the fine line between stubbornness and stupidity altogether.

Avoiding the tap-out tug-of-war

We've all been there: caught in a submission and desperately trying to escape, even though our body is screaming at us to tap out.

It's natural to want to fight and prove ourselves, but sometimes we need to know when to throw in the towel. That's where tapping out comes in.

Tapping out is not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of intelligence and self-preservation.

So, if you find yourself caught in a submission and unsure if you should tap out, ask yourself this: is the risk of injury worth it?

If the answer is no, then it's time to tap out and save yourself from further harm.

Navigating the fine line between stubbornness and stupidity

We all want to be tough and tenacious, but there's a difference between being tough and being foolish.

Tapping out at the right time is all about finding that balance.

If you're in a submission and feel like you can escape, then by all means, give it your best shot.

But if you're in a submission and there's no way out, it's time to tap out and live to fight another day.

There's no point in risking injury just to prove something.

Tap early, tap often so you can get back to rolling from a neutral position and hone your skills by learning from your previous mistakes.

To wrap it up....

Well, congratulations!

You've made it to the end of Tapping Out 101: A Beginner's Guide to Surrendering in BJJ.

By now, you should have a good understanding of what tapping out is, why it's important, and how to tap out with style and proper etiquette.

But before we wrap things up, let's take a moment to appreciate the unsung hero of BJJ: tapping out.

Tapping out is often overlooked and undervalued in the world of BJJ, but it's actually a crucial component of a long and successful career.

By tapping out at the right time, you're able to protect yourself from injury and continue training and improving.

And let's not forget, tapping out is a sign of respect for your opponent and the sport of BJJ.

It shows that you're not willing to risk your health or the health of your training partner just to win a match.

So, the secret to a long and successful BJJ career? Tapping out like a pro.

Embrace it as a necessary and important part of the sport, and use it to your advantage as you continue to learn and grow in your training journey.

And remember, tapping out doesn't make you weak, it makes you smart.

Don't be afraid to surrender when the time is right, and keep on tapping out like a boss.

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