Here’s what I know about De La Riva guard. It’s named after this guy, involves the dude on the bottom wrapping his leg around my front leg like vine of ivy and me ending up on my butt about 2 seconds later. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on my incredibly detailed account of the effectiveness of the de la Riva guard. The gentlemen at Jiu Jitsu Lab have put together a series of instructional posts for those looking to expand their game:
Below is the interactive map that I’ve put together detailing the DLR guard and also several passes to do when you’re stuck in it. All said there are over 20 techniques demonstrated and well over an hour of instruction.
Special thanks to Demolisher and DSTRYR at DSTRYRSG for hosting the map. I’d also like to thanks Noah Karbach at Summit City Submissions (purple belt under Marcello Monteiro and the DLR lineage) for suggestions on where to research videos. I’ve been helping Noah organize the DLR curriculum for his students. Expect to see the full requirements for promotion to blue belt under Master DLR next week.
I had a few epiphanies a few weeks ago in class and they all came while working with two guys that had never done jiu jitsu before.
After working with guy #1 (while his girlfriend/wife watched) I realized a few things:
Make sure your partner knows what a tap means (that wasn’t very fun)
Make sure your partner knows to not stand up while you are in an omoplata (this sucked even more)
Some people just want to learn “moves”
I learned lessons 1 and 2 in very short order and needless to say I was done at that point. The fact that he was spazzing so much that drilling an omoplata made him sweat like a whore in church, may have also played a part. This was partly my fault, the guy was completely clueless and I should have explained tapping to him. And partly his fault because he was a total spaz showing out in front of his significant other.
The second guy is a S&C coach in town visiting a friend and has zero jiu jitsu experience. Obviously he’s strong and in shape but the most noticeable difference is that he wanted to learn basics, not just submissions. He was more interested in controlling my posture and getting out of my guard than trying to submit me. We rolled a bit, stopping several times to talk about what was going on and I enjoyed working with him.
So what did I realize in class?
Don’t train with a new guy that’s brought his girlfriend along to watch
Submissions, sweeps and passes are all cool but if your posture, grips and pressure isn’t right you’ll never get to use them while rolling.
I’ve been staring at my computer screen for the last 30 minutes and can’t think of an adequate way to introduce this map and the man behind the techniques in it. So, in the time honored tradition of writers everywhere I’m going to steal something from someone else. Thanks to my buds over at DSTRYR SG for this intro (the original post is here):
There are many bad situations in life that can be traced back to a series of material F-ups. Off the top of my head, getting knocked in high school, flunking out of school, getting involved with hard drugs and getting arrested/going to prison top of the list. Getting face tattoo has to be up there too – not sure how much good can come of that. But, we can’t help you with that stuff here. We just do grappling.
On that note, being stuck in side control after your opponent secures his/her position and becomes entrenched is a magically screwed position. It can be discouraging and can exhaust you if you fail to escape. Logically, the best defense is to avoid the mistakes that got you there in the first place. But, we know that isn’t always possible. So, we’re here to help.
You need to watch this video from Kurt Osiander, Ralph Gracie black belt and veteran grappler/fighter, on escaping side control. Kurt not only has the finest hair style in jiu jitz, he’s funnier than we are and seems like the kind of burly, gnarly dude we’d roll with. More importantly, his technique and instruction is flawless. This is basic stuff that you must know (as we often say). Take it to heart and learn it. It will save you some pain in the future.
The great thing about the maps that I’ve been creating is that they provide an easy-to-follow visual of the techniques and positions covered. For most this is quicker to review and easier to assimilate than text notes. You’re also able to get a birds-eye view of how everything is connected and (hopefully) improve your understanding those intricacies.
The downside is that without the source material (DVD, book, magazine, etc) they’re usefulness is greatly limited. Don’t get me wrong, they’re cool to look at but how much are you really getting out of it. So what can be done about that?
You could buy every instructional video, magazine and book that I map out. You could even rent them from MMA Vault, but the costs still add up. Luckily we have access to the interwebz and specifically to YouTube.
Below is an interactive map that I’ve created by using the suggested white belt to blue belt curriculum from Alliance BJJ (there are a lot of them out there, this is the one I was looking at most recently) and filled it in with techniques that I was familiar with and felt confident that I could find on demonstrated YouTube by a quality instructor.
Huge thanks to BJJ Legends for hosting the interactive map!
I’ve used the following instructors for technique: Jeremy Arel – Bio, School and YouTube. All the BJJ techniques are taken from Jeremy’s excellent YouTube page. Please be sure to check Jeremy’s pages out and support him. He’s provided a huge amount of great content over the last few years for free. Ken Primola – Website and YouTube. The wrestling techniques were taken from Ken’s YouTube page. Stephan Kesting – Website and YouTube. I use Stephan’s stuff whenever possible, in this case an example of a standing headlock escape. He’s also been a huge supporter of BJJ with his free content and webpages. Roy Dean – Website and YouTube. The escape from a headlock on the ground is demonstrated by Roy. Pedro Sauer – Website and YouTube. The standing guillotine escape is demonstrated by Prof Sauer on Jeff Curran. Disclaimers:
1. I did not demonstrate any of these techniques. All the YouTubes are from respected BJJ Blackbelts that I have no relationship with other than a few emails to Stephan and Jeremy.
2. I did not write the curriculum and I am in no way, shape, or form associated with Alliance BJJ. My Final Request:
Please check out my Facebook page and “Like” it. I will be using Facebook for a few contests in the near future. Interactive Map: White Belt Curriculum BJJ