As you progress in rank, you start running into what I like to call ego hunters.
They’re like those young kids in the wild wild west, who were always on the hunt for opportunities to make a name for themselves. At night, they would go to bed with dreams of taking out a big name in a O.K. Corral like shootout, and in the day, they would brag about no one was a quickest draw than they were.
And it’s the same on the mat.
They want the bragging rights of taking out an upper belt, and you can just sense the hunger on them. But if you’re savvy, you have nothing to fear from their submissions.
And you know why?
It’s because, often, they haven’t realized that the first attack is usually not the best attack.
Case in point:
One of the best ways that I set up the armbar from the top of mount is by first going for the cross choke. They see the attack coming a mile away, and they pull out all the stops to kill it in its infancy.
I like that.
In fact, that’s exactly what I want. In that moment, I make them complicit in their own demise, by using their defense as the setup for my secondary (and real) attack.
And let me tell you somethin’:
The more tricky you incorporate into your sequences of offense, the more fear you will inspire.
Nowadays, I have a few people that will stop every thing and attempt to disengage when I get certain grips (because they know the danger that awaits them).
But even then, they create more opportunities for me.
And the same thing will happen for you if you approach the submission game in a systematic fashion.
People will start to fear your attacks.
On to the bid-niz:
In addition to tricking opponents into giving you the reactions you want, you can also lock them into situations that compromise their ability and allow you slowly smother them with submission after submission until their succumb to the onslaught.
To learn some of that strategy, go here: