After reading a thread on the underground forum I stole some of these principles which you will hear time and time again whilst learning jiu-jitsu. Its worth reading the thread for some of the more humerous responses. But here are some of the best general principles that can apply to most situations to maybe keep in mind. Although they may appear self-evident common sense isnt always common practice.
move my hips
ball up when underneath and defending
protect my neck
stay calm and remember to breathe
break balance then attack
fight for inside control
control the sleeves
keep good posture
know the counters to your own moves
tap if it hurts
position before submission
never let someone control both legs or both arms , break the grip
when on bottom, don’t be flat on my back
from guard, don’t let him posture up –from top of guard, posture up
from top of sidemount, always pin one side of his hips
underhooks win fights (and jiu jitsu and wrestling matches – standing as well as on the ground)
create space when defending.
eliminate space when attacking
shut up and train
best way to escape a bad position is to not get in it.