Mill Hill BJJ was host to Mestre Ricardo de la Riva all day today. He taught two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I attended the afternoon session where he covered spider guard sweeps, DLR sweeps and a counter to the smash pass. Here is an overview of the techniques he taught:
[Note: when referring to the man, I use 'de la Riva', when referring to the technique, I use DLR]
|De la Riva places a spider guard foot on the bicep but applies the pressure towards the floor. Firm collar grip prevents the opponent from standing up too readily. Shin to shin position allows for elevation during the sweeping process.|
Ricardo de la Riva taught techniques and positions that are still very much a part of the way modern BJJ students train and compete with. The DLR guard is in itself a powerful position to sweep and manouevre the opponent but it is also a base from which to execute a large variety of other techniques, such as the sitting up guard, spider guard and the berimbolo. I will be looking at these in my next DVD instructional review here on this blog.
My thanks to Ricardo de la Riva for yet again another masterclass seminar. Thanks also David Onuma for organising the event.