Last month I posted a thread called Self Evaluation, to get us thinking about our strengths and weaknesses. This month my topic is strategies, and how to apply to them to the grappling game. I hope any experienced grapplers here with sound advice will feel free to contribute to this thread, but no flame wars please. The difference between Strategy and Tactics: Strategy is the overall gameplan I plan to use, tactics are the steps I employ to achieve my strategy. For example, if my strategy is to keep the fight from my guard, my first tactic is to pull the guard as my opponent clinches, my next tactic is to close the guard and prevent my opponent from breaking it. These two tactics are essential to maintaining my strategy of fighting from the guard.