Dani graduated ranks recently...
She probably would have come further and faster.
Problem is... Well...
Problem is that Dani is, at her heart, a pacifist.
If you want to get to that really elite level you have to be willing to keep going, especially when your opponent isn't willing to tap.
Think about it. If the person you're rolling with isn't willing to tap... If they refuse...
Would you be willing to break their arm? Or worse???
Dani recently overcame this partially. Choking someone out doesn't injure them. Dani can make herself ok with that.
Credit Jacelyn (The Silent Strangler, formerly the Singapore Strangler) for that tip and related training.
Jacelyn's girlfriend, Jessica, has another idea to help more.
So Jessica convinces Dani to call out Lena.
The match is pretty even. Couple of close falls...
Dani still lacks that "killer" instinct...
Jessica knew what she was doing, and sure enough.
When Lena gets top position she uses her strength and size, a lot.
She "monsters" her opponents.
A forearm across the throat is part of that.
Dani is not enjoying this, but she's struggling to do much about it.
Instead, right now, she's getting angry.
Someone has just decided to find and use their inner mongrel.
Step one is sweep and roll. Still in guard, but gravity isn't helping the arm on the neck any more.
Lena is starting to wonder what's going on here?
But this can cause an awful lot of *hurt*...
In the scramble and twist Lena gives up full mount.
Dani is ok with this. She's got something specific in mind.
Dani still has something specific in mind here though.
Dani takes that.
And now Lena realises the severity of the mistake she just made.
No matter how she twists and turns Dani's hooks are in solid, and her balance is spot on.
One moment her arm is being dislocated at the shoulder one way, then another.
The arm was never the target, and now Dani has Lena's neck.
Lena needs all of her power, and she just barely makes it onto her hands and knees.
Time to tap out.
Which Lena does.
A choke out doesn't cause injury, which is why Dani is ok listening to her inner mongrel.
She doesn't let go.