I had to game plan extensively in
basically I was not as skilled as the bulk of the guys, and gave up speed and yes sometimes strength too.
I was an average wrestler with above average takedowns, Judo, Greco, helped build the arsenal but I also had superb single, doubles, duck-unders etc. And lack luster everything else.
so I had to do to a few things
work on weaknesses
bring the lacking skill sets up
and learn to control the fight.
we came up with a strategy that
involved some of the more questionable skills
aggressive takedowns, riding control leg riding ,rough housing, stalling, stalking and yes fouling.
maybe not so kosher but part of winning.
the last two years of wrestling - I took down everyone I wrestled at leas once, usually for the bulk of the match.
Basically I would drag each opponent kicking and screaming in to the third period overtime if I had to.
If I could control people after the take down
I went for riding points , tilts back points,
If I could not, I let them “escape”
and took them down again and went for a technical fall or a “tech”
the rules then the match would stop if being led by ten points not so hard to do.
Now I lost plenty too.
If take downs, & riding did not work,
or take downs and re-take downs here is where it got nasty, I would stalk, and stall and play rough
stalk the opponent out of bounds score on their lack of aggression or scoring
easy to do when you are the aggressor and leading on points
rough housing and fouling
a little well placed force goes a long way.
I was very aggressive and used judicial ammounts of persuasion (force) to get what I needed.
whether that be turning you over
taking you down with a big slam
or just making it painful for you to score
And stalling you can clinch… ride, and look busy all the while making your opponent look
International Euro , and eastern Euro so much more physical then US by far in wrestling and judo. And all of these strategies are par for the course.
So I had to replace craftiness and saavy
with skill or athleticism.
I did not like it at first , until I started to win more.
strangely Judo and BJJ are more sublime for me…
still an aggressive player but happier.
I am aggressive, accept that tapping etc is good but I do like to win.
when I can, and its open game I like to win.
boil this down to what is applicable.
where are your strengths?
where are your weaknesses?
are you a chess player or a risk taker?
make your weaknesses your strengths an old adage but so applicable.
What is this journey about?
learing about Bjj
getting into competion?
anyway sorry this is a book.