Don't you love them? The other day I was rolling with this new kid. I dunno how much experience he had, but according to my teacher he had "some and knew a little bit." Anyway, this kid was like a Russian ox. He felt sooo heavy and I could not for the life of me move him. Was stuck in half-guard for much of the match, couldn't work my underhook under his arm and kept getting smashed down. I was able to keep the half-guard and eventually work my way back to full guard. I was amazed at how much trouble I was having just moving him. I face bigger and more experienced guys at my gym and have 1/2 as much trouble getting them off balance. I went for an omaplata and had it locked in, but couldn't establish my base correctly, and couldn't move the ox. Eventually I wound up on bottom in side-mount, and it sucked. Couldn't breathe, couldn't buck him off, and my teacher was watching. It was one of those positions where you feel like tapping b/c it feels so f'ing uncomfortable that it's painful. I thought to myself, wow, I'm about to get smoked by this relative noobie in front of my instructor. I worked a butterfly hook back in and and got full guard. His posture was broken and one of his hands was close to my knee so I popped up and locked in a triangle. I have short legs and don't often get a fully locked in triangle and was surprised how deep i got it in. But guess what? Russian ox don't tap easy. I squeezed so hard yet he would not tap. Had my legs deeply triangled and nothing. Finally I pulled his head down as hard as I could and after 5 painful (my own pain) seconds, he finally tapped. I feel like I should have been able to beat him faster, but am certainly glad to have won at all. I love epic, long-fought rolls, where there are points when you think you are fucked, and somehow find a way to get out of it. Hoping to experience this in competition too.