Way back in high school, aka the dark ages, I remember facing an opponent who had his shoulder bandaged up, and people told me:
Attack his injured side!
Personally, ethical or not, I’ve never really seen the advantage of doing so.
Fast forward to college, and I’m wrestling in the All-American round.
The opponent was – you guessed it. A wrestler who was similarly all bandaged up.
This was the biggest match of my career….
and the thought of attacking his injury never crossed my mind.
By then, I was so deep into imposing my systematic will over my opponent..
- Regardless of record…
- regardless of seed. Regardless of rank….
- regardless of physical advantages, or in his case, disadvantages…
that I wasn’t about to alter my highly successful, attacking system of wrestling, for any reason.
My system, the same one I train athletes to embrace to this day, was already propelling me to all-new heights – forcing every opponent onto defense and effectively keeping them there…resulting in me imposing my will with relative ease.
I applied that same system in the All-American match, and the 3 subsequent matches after that – winning each of them and snagging my 3rd place spot on the podium.
While there are advantages to knowing your opponents strengths and weaknesses…
there are MORE advantages to internalizing your OWN strengths and IMPOSING your will on every opponent you face off with.