In a no gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class a few weeks back a guy was monstering me all over the mat. He passed my guard like a hot knife through butter, got into side-control, and after a few seconds, mounted me. Was able to buck him off but soon ended up in his guillotine choke. Used a classic over-the-shoulder defence to shut it down, but before long he had me in back control, hooks in.
By then I was exhausted, as I struggled to fight off his attempts for a rear naked choke hold. But the battle was tiring him as well and fatigue invites us all to make mistakes. He made one—crossing his feet over my legs. Remembering the defence I learned years ago, I swung my right foot over his ankles and leaned back on him. Felt the tap instantly.
On more than one occasion I have been on the other side of this story. Just when I thought I was getting the better of someone on the mat, they turned the tide, and tapped me out. That is the nature of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The moral of the story—never give up, even against a superior grappler. It ain’t over till it’s over. As long as you are fighting, you are still in the game.
“Never, never, never give up!”
~ Winston Churchill
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. ”
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
~ Albert Einstein