The hardest part is when I'm tired and my partner has me in a submission attempt, and it's not quite working but it hurts, and I just want to stop fighting and tap, but...never surrender. I watched Greg try to rear naked choke David for about five minutes yesterday. David's face turned red, then a little purple, but he kept fighting the whole time. Greg didn't give up either, inch by inch he adjusted until David finally tapped. It was a great display of willpower and determination, on both sides.
The way I look at it is, as long as I never surrender, I can never be defeated. I might get tapped out, but I will know in my heart that I did everything I could possibly do to prevent it, and that they earned it.
"Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort. Because effort is between you and you." -Ray Lewis