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GJ "Capitalize...but don't get greedy"

Small winter break practice. We rolled/grappled and then went into first takedown (good drop seonagi defense was pointed out by grabbing opponent's shin with free hand). Finished with some modified timing (i.e. lead hand only, kicker vs. puncher). Real light and relaxed, but a good workout.
The lesson of the day was: "Capitalize...but don't get greedy" in all combat arts like being a predator there is a time to pounce, a time to attack furiously, and a time to retreat to repeat the cycle. When you initiate the attack you have to be relentless and committed but you cannot do that all the time nor can you keep at it (nobody sprints a marathon). Greed kills. If you see an opening attack, but don't lose good stance and guard for a "big" punch, make sure the position is secure before attacking with submission. If you're raining down blows that are powerful, damaging shots, but they bounce off his arms and shoulders this is diminishing returns, your investing and getting back minimal dividends. Similarly, tugging and dying while trying to finish the arm bar but then feeling yourself burn out and at risk for being passed or worse. Greed for the quick victory has turned a capitalization into a tactical error.
The biggest indicator of this is when you start hyperventilating when placed in a position of advantage. If you can suddenly hear yourself breathing excitedly, settle down, yes this is a capitalization moment but realize it for what it is and take what is given no more. I knock opponents out not when I concentrate on trying to KO them but when I play my game and stay fluid and relaxed. The easiest way to take someone down is when they do it for you, they pull, I push, they push, I pull. I don't force or take submissions, my opponent gives them to me. Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em (with thanks to Nick).

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