When Not To Tap

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I wrote an article for BJJ Legends Magazine on Tammi Musumeci’s gutsy performance at the 2014 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship entitled “When Not to Tap.”  Article can be found here found here.

If there was ever a time in sport Jiu-Jitsu when you don’t tap, that was it. Sunday at the 2014 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Michelle Nicolini placed Tammi Musumeci in a brutal, behind-the-back arm-bar. Tammi did not tap, and Nicolini dislocated Tammi’s elbow. Tammi was up 6 to 4 with less than a minute left.

She avoided a spider guard sweep by Nicolini, which allowed Nicolini to slip behind and capture the arm. Tammi’s arm straightened, stiffened, and then popped. You could almost hear the hollow sound, two bones un-notching creating an uncanny bend. Tammi continued to fight, but Nicolini got to her knees and toppled Tammi over. The score was then tied 6-6, but Nicolini…

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