5 Ways Of Dealing With People Who Don’t Like To Tap

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There are some people who do not like to tap. Some say tap or snap and when it is a competition this often will hold true (In fact, in the above image with Robson Moura and Jeff Glover, Robson (seen in a kneebar) assumed the risk and escaped unharmed and won).

These people who do not like to tap in sparring may have a big ego and get super pissed if you tap them or they will get themselves hurt avoiding the tap, they will be put to sleep or severely injured depending on the choice they make and the submission that you have on them. It is generally their responsibility to tap. Here are 5 ways to deal with people who do not like to tap in Jiu Jitsu.

Some are nice, some not so nice.

  1. The first way is to go really slow with the submission and just let it go if they do not tap.
  2. The second way you can deal with this is to let them tap you first. I try to put myself in a predicament where I am forced to tap to them. You don’t want to make it too obvious if they have way less skill where they never could tap you. But this will often let them know tapping is ok.
  3. Another way to deal with this person is to avoid them at all costs during rolling so you don’t have to make any decisions at all and can just ignore them.
  4. The fourth way to deal with this person is to simply smash them. Go balls to the wall and turn it up on them. If they are choked let them sleep. If the submission is on tight go tighter (just don’t break it if you can help it PLEASE). They will have to get used to tapping if you simply overcome them in every way possible.
  5. The fifth way to deal with this person is to communicate to them about it. Let them know that submissions can be dangerous and they need to tap in order to learn and get better. This may not go over too well with a hot head but it is a needed lesson in humility.

Which way of these 5 do you prefer? Or if you have another way you can simply list it below as well.

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