6. Be First With Attacks or Takedowns

6.  Be First With Attacks or Takedowns

Action beats reaction. If you are first in a match, you set the pace and you also get to play the game you want. If you attempt a takedown, they must react. It puts them on the defense, and instead of attacking, your opponent is defending. If you constantly attack, one of them will work and you will get what you want. If you wait for your opponent to make the first move, you don’t get to decide where it happens or what happens. It won’t matter if you want to play top or bottom position. If you want to play guard, you need to get your grips first, then pull. If you want to play top, you want to get to a takedown. In this way, you will always be playing to your strengths.