The moment you slap hands is when the fight officially starts but even before that you should be Strategizing for advantage.
A lot of athletes often just reach for grips without thinking, with a mindset of “let’s see what happens”. for training its fine, but in a competition it can lead to losing. as you approach your opponent you should be looking for advantage and positioning yourself accordingly. you should be planning a strategy and get the grips that you need. if your’e having a hard time getting your grips, that’s the time to use a little of a stalling tactics until you see your opening and get what you need. ⠀⠀
always have in mind what grips you need to control your opponent either on top or on bottom.⠀⠀