If I were to pick just one reason why I avoided the grappling arts for so long, it's because I fear being choked out.
I have recently stepped out of my comfort zone, and started a mix of aikido and jiu-jitsu, but I'm still so much the beginner that people are going very easy on me so far. Which is great. But progress is obviously important.
I know, I can tap out. One thing I'm quite proud of is I do actually seem to be able to leave my ego at the door. I will tap, then happily discuss what happened and see if I can learn how I might have done things differently. All great.
But what if one time the choke goes on a bit fast, or somehow, for whatever reason, I either fail to tap or my tap goes unnoticed? We all know about the long term risks of impacts to the head from combat sport, but what do we know about the risks of being temporarily rendered unconscious or incoherent?
I guess the question is, am I right to be a bit worried about this?