Here is a short segment with Dan Gable talking about the role of aggressiveness in wrestling. This really applies to all competitive fight sports like boxing, MMA, etc... The idea is simple. All other things being equal (and I know they never are) the more aggressive fighter will win. Why is this? Two reasons are apparent:
- The rules are designed to promote a type of fighting that is interesting to the observers. These rulesets award aggression
- Sun Tzu said, "Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the Attack." He recognized years ago that this is just the way things are. This is reflected at times throughout history, from Gretzky saying, "you will miss 100% of all shots you don't take," to Neitzsche writing about the Will to Power.