I am 6 months into BJJ. We shake hands and fight. And I am on my back - and I don't mean I pulled guard. I am either fully mounted or side controlled. Choose your poison...start from our knees - I get muscled to my back, start in their guard - I get swept, start in my guard - they pass immediately, start standing (which is extremely rare) - I get taken down. In the big picture this is not all that bad. I have become more efficient with escapes, although my replacing guard with someone in side control still sucks ass. But while driving home last night from class I realized I am not able to train basic stuff thanks to my constant crappy position. I can't get into the habit of grips, etc due to the fact I am always in a defensive posture. I can't recognize opportunities let alone attempt anything while I am escaping a bad position. I know alot of this comes with the territory of being a noob etc...and 6 months is nothing but this is just plain insanity. I may be too passive. I am waiting to be acted on. Anyone else start out a passive puss? And how did you overcome this?