The second thing, related to this, is that we teach attacking from many more positions than most people do. Almost every judo player and jiu jitsu player I have watched has one or two strongly favored positions. For BJJ people one of those always seems to be "the guard", it's an almost religious attachment. Judo players favor attacking with the opponent on all fours, as Ronda is above. Except, in the example above and the last blog post, the bottom person was attack.
The third thing that struck me is how offensive a style I have - and I mean in the constantly attacking sense, not the constantly pissing people off sense - although both might be accurate representations. When I teach escapes they end up with attacking. I really teaching how to escape and then attack. Other people, when doing an escape, seem to be thinking about getting away. I know personally I am always thinking about getting revenge.
The fourth, and final, related point that struck me is one of what Ronda refers to as my "momisms". That is, something I say ALL the time,
It's always your turn to attack.Whether you are on the bottom, were just knocked down for a score, pinned or caught in an arm bar, it's ALWAYS your turn to attack.
I see people doing matwork and they think because they are on all fours in the turtle position they can't do anything but defend.
That's just plain silly.
There were five kids in my family, and when I was growing up, we always had to take turns. My mom said that was only fair. One of the great advantages of judo was that I never had to take turns with anyone else again. It's always my turn to attack, no matter what. Why on earth would I give that turn up just because I happen to be in a pin at the moment?
I remember at a Nanka practice once when Ronda did one of the escapes we show in the book. Her partner was flabbergasted. That really is the best word. He stuttered,
But, wait, what? How did that happen? I was pinning you and now you're pinning me!
He just didn't realize that it was still her turn to attack.