“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” -Mike Tyson.
I had a plan for the tournament, and I didn’t get punched in the mouth, so I stuck with it. My goal was to submit with a gi choke. I think it was a good plan, and it might have even succeeded if, on my best attempt, I hadn’t accidentally grabbed her braid along with her gi. My hand just kept sliding down her hair, until *ping*, off came her hair tie, and my grip.
I think the problem with my plan is that I didn’t have a back-up. I just kept focusing on the gi choke, and my tunnel vision prevented me from seeing any other options. When I watched the video, I could see about 87 times where I should have armbarred her instead. It doesn’t help that I am generally too focused on choking, and I don’t go after other submissions like I should.
I feel like I still have a delayed reaction time in realizing what is happening. My brain and my body are not communicating with each other like they should be, and I am missing opportunities because of it. I can see things afterward, but while I am in the midst of fighting there is a lot that I miss.
While it’s good to have a plan; to have some idea in your head of how you would like the match to go, if your plan isn’t working out you should abandon it. When I didn’t get the gi choke, I should have moved on to something else.
If only someone would have punched me in the mouth.
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!”- Robert Burns