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Development Milestone – Tap Out Chris

You have heard the idiom "every dog has its day"?  Well today this dog got his day with a modified Triangle Choke.  Yes, I’ve hit another mile stone in my development.  That leaves Miles, Grayson, and Mark.

Chris is a purple belt that of course I have never tapped out.  He is physically smaller then me but, as you guessed, technically "larger" then me.  It was the end of class and we were both exhausted.  I think that is good because it forces you to work on technique and not use muscle.  We slapped hands and the battle was on.  Truth be told I was just looking to survive.  I had no great aspirations of submitting him.  I don’t remember much of the match now.  I know I was playing from the bottom most of the time.  The longer I was able to foil any submission attempts the better I feel against someone more experienced.  After some time I managed to get my guard in.  Chris made a few attempts to pass my guard while I was looking for a Compact Arm Bar.  It failed and I found my self attempting a Triangle.  I got my leg over his neck but couldn’t get his arm free to finish it.  Then I realized that I still had his collar opposite my leg.  It was working the same way his arm would have if I had the standard Triangle.  Chris couldn’t move his arm to block the modified Triangle I had on him, doing so would have given me the standard Triangle I had been working for.  Chris later told me the "lights were going out" so he tapped.

I think I’m going to do some practicing of this modified Triangle on my Submission Master Grappling Dummy over the next week.  It could really come in handy.

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2 Responses to “Development Milestone – Tap Out Chris”

  1. By the way, now that you’ve had the dummy for some time, is it worth it? I’m seriously considering getting one soon (been busier at work so I have less time at the gym lately).

    Also, the tap out milestone is great when it’s in your favor, but when someone you used to tap all the time starts training 5 days a week and eventually taps you, it doesn’t feel so great.

  2. I think the Submission Master is an absolute must for those of us who can’t train 24/7. I watch video and try out what I see on my dummy. I go over things I’ve learned in class on my dummy. I drill on my dummy. It was money well spent. Its not substitute for a real person but it does a good enough job.