my first couple classes i got passed, submitted, destroyed in every which way. that weekend, i decided to get an escape from everywhere, that is, all the different side control positions, mount, and recover guard from half guard. i realized that even though i've seen tons of sweeps and submissions from watching BJJ and MMA, i couldn't try any of them if my guard was getting passed in like 3 seconds. btw, the secret... it's position before submission. though it's not really a secret.