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…