My dominating philosophy when going into a fight is to always attack. I want to be the aggressor in order to create opportunities to win the fight, no matter what position I’m in. I don’t want to just wait for an opportunity to present itself. I want to create those opportunities to further the attack, not just one at a time, but over and over again.
Every time I touch my opponent, I want it to be for a reason. I’m trying to affect my partner’s balance or position. My hands and feet, and other parts of my body, aren’t just resting and idle. There’s always a purpose. If I’m not doing something to lead the attack, my opponent has an opportunity to take control of the momentum.
In other words, you want to always be leading the charge, forcing your partner to react to you. You should always be at least one step ahead of your opponent. In that way, everything he does is in response to what you’re doing. He can’t build an attack if he’s constantly defending.
Attacking may be going for a sweep or reversal. It might be working towards bettering your position or going for a submission. It might be a combination of things, all with the focus of keeping your opponent on the defensive. It might be attacking by varying your angles or creating pressure. In addition, a lot of it also has to do with attitude, breaking down your opponent’s will to fight.
There are few things more demoralizing than when your opponent works forever to better his position, only to have you escape, pass, reverse or sweep him right back into his bad position.
Make your opponent do everything correctly. Make your opponent have perfect technique in order to stop you. In other words, don’t stop doing what you’re doing unless your opponent is doing everything they need to do, or is supposed to be doing so as to halt your attack. Don’t stop halfway just because you think they’re going to be able to defend. Push it to the limit. Make your technique better than your partner’s.
Like many submissions, there are many little details that you should know in order to finish the technique against an experienced grappler. The same holds true for defending and escaping. There are a lot of little details that one needs to do in order to defend. Don’t give up your attack when they’re not doing everything to defend.
There is a reason there are so many details to a defense or an escape. It’s because you generally have to do all of them in order to defend.