Everyone taps out in Jiu-Jitsu

Everyone taps out in Jiu-Jitsu

Everyone taps out in Jiu-Jitsu

Everyone taps out in Jiu-Jitsu

Everyone taps out in jiu-jitsu. It happens in every school in every country of the world. You cannot just your progress by how often or not you are tapping out. There is an old saying “If you are not tapping, you are not learning.” Too often, many new jiu-jitsu students gets frustrated with getting tapped and quit. We tell all of our new students at Savarese BJJ to expect to tap constantly in the first year. Tapping is a good thing, it shows progress. Everybody taps. Marcelo Garcia is regarded by many to be one of the best BJJ practitioners on the planet. Below is a link to a video of one of Marcelo Garcia’s rare submission losses, against Braulio Estima at 2009 World Pro. EVERYONE LOSES AND GETS TAPPED EVEN THE GREAT MARCELO. The best learn from their losses and come back stronger. Sometimes, losing can be great motivation.

One of jiu-jitsu’s biggest lessons – Humility

One of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s (BJJ) biggest lessons is Humility. One must be humble, laying Their ego to the side and acknowledging being bested. It can be hard for a new student to concede that someone has defeated you, especially those of us who started BJJ after having achieved some measure of professional and personal success in other domains.If you continue to train, you will understand that it will happen over and over. It is humbling. Jiu-Jitsu humbles everyone. You’ll have to repeatedly acknowledge,  and embrace, defeat.


As humans, it can be exceedingly difficult to put our egos aside. The only way to get better at BJJ is to fail first. When we fail, we tap. BJJ is like life that way. If we’re not willing to be bad at something first, we’ll never get better at it. And as I’ve said before, if we are unable to access our humility, both on the mat and in the outside world, we will never find true success at BJJ or in anything. To get better, you must tap. Tapping out lets your training partner know that you are unable to escape a particular submission, that continued pressure will cause you discomfort, and that they need to stop applying a particular technique. Otherwise, the person in the submission forces the other person to decide whether or not to apply the submission until pain or unconsciousness results. We are all responsible for our own well-being, and if we allow our egos to get in the way when we are working on getting better at BJJ, then we are missing the point. It is not fair to your training partner to make him decide whether to hurt you or not. You should take responsibility for that. Multiple time World BJJ Champion Saulo Ribeiro, condidered to be one of the best instructors in the world says “Tapping is to learn how not to lose, There are two ways of tapping: because of joint manipulation and because of a choke. Joint locks are painful. If your ego is bigger than that, it will hurt. A choke is something where you’re dealing with someone who is taking your life, so when you strangle you owe your life to your partner.

Tap early, and tap often.  Don’t wait until your arm is about to break, or until you are about to lose consciousness to tap.  Once an opponent gets you into a submission hold, you have already made a serious mistake.  There is no point in hanging on until the end.

Here is a mini etiquette guide for BJJ to let you know when you are not being humble during your training:

  1. You slap the mat and curse when submitted.
  2. You refuse to tap.
  3. You train angry, especially after someone catches you in a finish.
  4. You keep track of exactly how many times you’ve tapped someone or been tapped.
  5. You give 100% resistance when your partner for the day is working on what the instructor taught.
  6. You routinely come late to class so you can avoid the warm-up.
  7. You stop drilling the technique before the instructor tells you
  8. You have – and worse, offer – an opinion about when you should be promoted.
  9. You try to finish your instructor’s sentences
  10. You argue with your instructor for any reason.
  11. You use all strength try to hurt someone smaller or younger

Always keep the mind of a whitebelt. oss.