The 'Fundamental Five Guard Sweeps' from the de la Riva Guard

Ricardo de la Riva is an incredibly nice and humble man, but don’t let that fool you – this man is a BJJ legend. (I mean, how many people have a popular guard position named after them?)

De la Riva started training with Marcus Soares, and then continued under Carlson Gracie at the legendary Carlson Gracie Academy in Rio. He taught Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, and has had a long and illustrious competition career himself.

He’s on the cutting edge of BJJ technology, and could show you fancy techniques until your brain ached and you begged for mercy.

So when I trained with him a while ago I had a seemingly strange question. I asked “what are the five most techniques techniques from the de la Riva Guard?” (I figured that this would be a great starting point for dissecting his elaborate and effective guard game.)

So he showed me his fundamental 5 moves. Then he let me photograph these techniques, step by step… And then he agreed to let me put them online for you guys.

So, click here for the five most important de la Riva Guard Sweeps, as taught by the man himself!

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