Does anyone else feel like they grapple on auto-pilot. I was recently at wrestling camp and feel like I had a breakthrough. In one of my matches I realized that I wrestle on auto pilot. That's not to say that I zone out but that my motions are so instinctive that my mind isn't really engaged unless I want to actively edit what I'm doing. For example in one of my matches I had sit out and had a really aggressive guy on top with an underhook from behind. I got farmed out to another team and wasn't familiar with the coach. He was literally able to talk me through a move that I had never done before in the middle of the match. I feel very frustrated whenever I corner one of my guys at an off season tournament and they don't listen to me. I think that I was coachable because of the automatic responses on bottom freed my mind to listen to the coach and put his words into actions. I won that match with the reversal I got off bottom. In another match I felt that my automatic responses on bottom gave me an advantage in the mental game. After I scored a takedown in the first period my opponent chose top. This means that I was in the scoring position. This kid did everything he could to turn me. He drove me across the mat so hard that I got mat burn on the undersides of my forearms. We went out and reset. He rode me out for the rest of the period. Final period It's my choice and I choose bottom. It's a lot easier to get an escape or reversal than it is to turn someone over. He tries and I set him up for a Peterson with about thirty seconds to go. My coach is telling me that I don't have to roll him but his momentum was in the right place so I roll him and get three nearfall before we go out. We reset fourteen seconds to go I go optional and finish the match my dribbling his head on the mat until time expires. Also; this dude looked JUST LIKE TITO ORTIZ I really felt that wrestling instinctively helped me win both these matches by letting me think about what was happening and make good choices. Does anyone else feel like some movement in your grappling art are so deeply ingrained that you don't have to think about them? How does this help you in matches? And have you ever done poorly because of this?