Last night a guy was going for a keylock from inside my half guard. He had the hold on the arm, but I still had room to move and defend so he couldn't quite finish it. It hurt somewhat, but not to the point where I was worried about an injury or anything because he didn't have much leverage on it. A few things went through my mind:
1) Tap, because he does have the lock and it was painful, but then explaining to him that he didn't really have the leverage to finish it properly might come off as kind of asshole-ish. "Well, I tapped this time but it didn't really hurt that bad", you know? But by not tapping he might think he was doing something wrong and get discouraged, when the reality was that he just wasn't in an optimal position for the submission. Plus I was having to defend like hell, because had he passed my half guard he would've had it easily.
2) Don't tap, because he wasn't going to be able to finish from where he was at and I didn't want him to get used to getting the tap from that position. This isn't some TMA class where we tap in advance and say "Man, if you just could've gotten to mount or side control that would've been a good one."
I don't know. I don't want guys learning bad habits, nor do I want them getting discouraged and abandoning moves that will work for them, and I damn sure don't want anyone getting hurt. So what do you guys think? Thanks.