I was thinking about what submission I would consider to be the most painful. I’m not talking about the kind of pain that comes from injury due to not tapping soon enough, but about which ones make me want to tap just because it hurts like crazy when it’s applied.
I don’t think armbars and shoulder subs hurt very much. It might be because I’m pretty flexible, but I only tap for those because I know if I don’t I will be injured, not because of the pain itself. Ankle submissions scare me, so I always tap way before it actually hurts, because I know by then it’s too late. I don’t have a lot of experience with having kneebars put on me, because most people know I have bad knees. Wrist locks hurt quite a bit, but luckily most of the people I grapple with don’t use them. Except for my husband, who is a Daitoryu Aikijujitsu student, and wrist locks are their bread and butter.
Blood chokes don’t hurt at all, I only tap when my toes start tingling. I don’t like when my face is covered and I feel like I’m being suffocated, but that’s more scary than painful, and it usually won’t cause me to tap. However, windpipe chokes hurt like a SOB!
In the end, there is a tie for the sub I hate the most. I’m torn between any form of the spine-twisting, back-breaking variety; for example a body triangle when they bend me backward (especially if their cup is digging into my back), or calf-cutters; which is often how I pay my husband back for wrist-locking me. Yeah, he doesn’t like them, either.