- Sep 29, 2013
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The purple belt at my gym was giving me a hard time for tapping early to a choke yesterday. I felt pressure on both sides of my neck and so I tapped. He told me that if I'm in a choke and I can still breathe, then it's not too late and I should fight out of it. But...a blood choke isn't an air choke. Airflow isn't restricted, but blood flow is.
When do you tap to a blood choke? Is it something you feel in your neck or in your head?
He's a nice guy and I think he's trying to be helpful, but sometimes I think he forgets that I'm a white belt and only been doing BJJ for a few months.
If I'm just practicing and someone has a choke locked in and I can't escape after my first attempt, I tap. I do this because I don't want to be in a situation where I pass out and CAN'T tap. What people don't realize is that fighting the choke can cause you to pass out more quickly, and if your partner is dealing with you consistently fighting, they may not realize you've passed out.