When I am on top for referees position and the whistle blows, sometimes, my opponent is faster than me and stands up, but I put a bear hug on him to hold him temporarily. He will try to rip and run or rip and turn to escape.
I heard about lifting my opponent and dropping him back on the mat, but I am not that strong right now.
I was told to trip, but when I try tripping, my opponent always gets his leg out.
I sometimes just let the bear hug go, but immediately grab his leg and turn it into a single.
There are so many things I can and I panic when I don't know the best way of doing it, so what should I do? How can I improve my reaction speed to the ref's whistle? From bottom, I know to look at him inhaling to blow his whistle, but from top, I can't see it.
Also, I am sometimes scared or hesitant of taking shots because I don't want to get sprawled on. So sometimes, as I go for my shot, I go back to my stance. Should I just think, "explode to his leg" as I go for the shot? And should my setups always be perfect when I go for a shot or can I just go for the shot because I want a quicker takedown?
Thanks again for everything. This site has been very useful to me. It helped me become a better wrestler because when I started, I had a bunch of very beginner questions like how to get out of the half nelson. Now my questions are more.. personal I guess.