If you’ve never done any submission grappling before, expect to get choked and arm-locked. Against your will. Many, many times. Probably by a girl half your size.
You’ll get tied up in knots, and be tapping out from chokes you didn’t see coming. The tiny, skinny, shy kid that knowingly greeted you with a friendly handshake will suddenly feel like a semi-trailer truck laying across your chest. You’ll use every ounce of strength you have, vainly trying to bench-press your deceptively heavy opponent off of you. And then you’ll get arm barred again. Finally, after your 5 minute round (that you’re almost certain was an hour) ends, you’ll crawl off the mat exhausted, drenched in sweat, and ready to throw up. Between dry-heaves, you’ll glance back out at the mat and notice that your sparring partner isn’t even breathing heavily.
It might be a little bit frustrating (especially if you thought your big muscly muscles could save you). But don’t worry – this type of experience is perfectly normal. In fact, it’s exactly how you know that Brazilian actually works. Rather than feel embarrassed, embrace it as a learning experience. The exact same thing happened to your sparring partner on his/her first day. The only difference between you and your sparring partner is the number of lessons they’ve taken.
Stick with it, and after a few years of training, some big, scary, muscly meat-head will walk through the door of your club, and you’ll happily introduce them to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Without even breaking a sweat.