Just recently I started taking MMA classes. It's only been a month. I have never wrestled or taken any martial arts prior to the classes I'm taking now. I'm starting to get a little discouraged because we only practice twice a week and I don't have anyone to practice with throughout the week. Everytime I go in I end up rolling with him and I always get my ass kicked. I just don't feel like the information I'm learning really soaks in and I keep getting submitted. When will I actually feel like I can somewhat defend myself against him? It's really discouraging.
...every time you get tapped, go back to that position and ask a more experienced guy how to avoid/counter. When you're getting your a** kicked, you don't feel like you're getting better, but you are.
Train for a few months and then roll with your newbie friends and you'll be amazed how easy it is to tap them.