There has been some uncertainty over a tap at a Brazilian jiu jitsu school located in Bournemouth, England recently.
“I was under the impression we were going easy”, said Matthew Barnstaple, a brown belt who has been training for about eight years on and off.
“If it was a competition that would never have happened.”
“Plus that guy is really strong and I think he used to do capoeira or something.”
The incident occurred at around 8:15pm during the third roll of the evening. Barnstaple, who labels himself a traditionalist and is not a fan of worm guards or fancy open guards, quickly found himself succumbing to a sweep from the younger, more athletic white belt, who everyone only knows as “Jim” and has only been attending for a couple of weeks.
A gym member who was nearby during the roll claims he heard Barnstaple request that Jim “take it easy” because “he has a bad knee”, but did not hear whether or not Jim agreed to the request to go light.
Barnstaple maintains that “If [I’d] really been trying, there’s no way he would have swept me or tapped me out. I basically let him do it.”
The submission in question was a rear naked choke, which happened within the first minute of the roll.