WATCH A BADASS TAKEDOWN SCRAMBLE AND GET INSPIRED.
Years ago, as a novice BJJ student, I relied heavily on my high school wrestling background and, more specifically, the good ol' double leg takedown. I employed it in all situations; if it was available, I was going for it. I'd even tackle dudes in free training when starting from the knees [Note: don't do that].
Later on, as I developed a guard game, I all but abandoned my takedowns in tournament play and in practice, and my takedown skills suffered.
Grappler, you know where I'm going with this. Balance is important and you just can't ignore a key element of the game like I did. Here's a little motivation - check out this clip (provided by Flowwrestling) of an intense scramble between Jonathan Fausey of UVA and Luke Rebertus of Navy from a recent tournament (match occurred 12/30/10). This is what it's all about, grapplers.