Originally Posted by Ice 9 Cobra
Do you incorporate collar drags into your gi wrestling at all?
No. Not to sound like a ****y prick or anything, but my level of wrestling is so much higher than anyone I compete against or train with that I can basically get a quick takedown without ever having to grab material. The pro fighters or brown/blacks that I train with might be able to stop 1 or 2 shots/body attacks in a row but I can get a takedown within 20 seconds on 99.9% of guys out there.
That being said, from my experience, the highest reward/least risk takedowns that lead to side control dont involve grabbing the gi; they are simple basics. Think of wrestling in the same mindset as jiujitsu: Is it better to be able to transition from cross collar choke, to triangle, to gogo, to omaplata, to side naked, to back take? Or is it easier to slap on a tight triangle and adjust as many times as needed to finish the guy? Wrestling is the same way. It is easier to go full blast on one move that has very little risk and then adjust for the finish that to chain many moves together in one go switching from gi attacks to wrestling attacks.