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A very common issue that arises in competition is when a lesser competitor faces a superior competitor.  More often than not matches in competition are mismatched, otherwise there would never be a winner. One thing I learned in the middle of my blue belt is that I am capable of beating vastly superior grapplers and competitors through intelligent strategies and training methods.

Perhaps the most important aspect of planning for a superior opponent is knowing the enemy.  Jonathan Thomas made a video a while back that summed this up really well, I’ll paraphrase what he said: