Want some help for your De La Riva Guard?

As many of you know I received my Black Belt from Vicente Jr. who is a direct student of Master De La Riva (DLR) . So needless to say we use the De La Riva Guard a lot at our academy.de La Riva Logo

The De La Riva guard is a great answer to people opening your closed guard. You can still control the movements of your opponent with this open guard, as long as you use the correct control points. You will need to have a 3 point control system. These 3 points are usually, but not limited to, the DLR hook on the leg with both sleeve grips, the DLR hook with one sleeve grip and an ankle grip on the same side as your hook, the DLR hook with one sleeve grip and a collar grip, or the DLR hook with one sleeve grip and a belt grip. You can have different grip sets but you will always want to have the 3 point control system in mind when playing this guard.

Below is are two DLR drills that we use a lot. The first, is a two sleeve entry set up drill. This drill will help you move your hips correctly and learn to control the opponents leg with the DLR hook. The next drill is a DLR sweep set up drill, this will teach you you sit up with the correct posture and make it easier for you to control your opponents posture with the grips. As with all these drills you must DRILL THEM! Even if you grab someone for just 5 mins at the start or end of each class you should be able to knock out 10 to 20 good reps. with ease.

Remember,

“Drilling Is The Key, So Just Do It!”

 

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Call me the Head Hunter!

“We learn from failure, not from success!”
― Bram StokerDracula

This quote is so true in BJJ. I must have been a purple belt before I really understood how important head control is when grappling.  It took me having my guard passed at least a 1000 times before I started understanding the real importance of “head control” when playing guard. From white to purple belt, I heard “control the head,”  “push the head,” or “move his head,” over and over. Thinking back, I never really understood why or where I needed to put their head, I just pushed. Like most of the time in Jiu Jitsu, it just clicked one day when I was training . I kept feeling Vicente Jr. pushing my head to the mat every time I tried to pass. After training, we always sit and talk about the session. I started asking some questions about where to push, how to push and even more important, where NOT to push the head. After that class, I must of felt like a Head Hunter to all my teammates. From that point on, anytime someone started to pass my guard, they had one or both of my hands on their head or face pushing them back.

Where should you push the head?

We can start with them passing the guard. Controlling the head when they start their pass is super important. During most tight guard passes, your opponent will want to get their head across your body or hips. They want to keep their head on one side, and their body on the other side of you, crossing your body. This is where you need to start controlling the head. Your goal at this point is to control the head by not letting them cross the center of your body and definitely not letting them glue their head to your hip. When I see or feel my opponents head crossing my body, this is when I must react. I need to redirect the head back to the same side that their body is on. Never push the head across your body. Putting their head on one side of you and their legs on the other side of you will just help them pass. Once their head and body are on the same side of my body, I like to push their head to the mat. After the head is pushed down, I can start hipping out (shrimping out), starting to recover my guard.

Another great example of head control is when you have your opponent in cross body side control. This is a super dominate position, that everyone hates to be in. The way I like to control this position is with a ton of shoulder pressure. I will put my top arm under their head or neck and drop my shoulder on their face. The goal is to make them look away from me, with my shoulder pressure. The pressure can be so intense, I have had people tap out from just holding this position.

 

Side Control with Shoulder Pressure

Side Control with Shoulder Pressure

 

The concept is if they can’t look where they want to go, move, or stop something, they will be weaker. Spine and neck alignment is very important for strength, once you start interrupting that alignment, you will start weakening your opponents movements and defenses.

I hope this article gives you something to think about when it comes to controlling your opponents head movement. If you have any questions about this subject or anything else BJJ related, be sure to send it my way. I always love to hear what is on your mind and how you like my stuff.

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Drilling is the key, so just do it.

Talk to you soon, and thanks for sharing this.

Lance Trippett

 

 

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Standing Guard Passing Drills!

“I sure do!”

That was my answer to James when he asked on the FaceBook pageDo you have a set of drills that would help someone become a better guard passer from standing?”  

When you are working your standing guard passes, you need it to be an exact science, meaning, when the opening is there you must explode and move. You can’t hesitate, you can’t stumble, and most of all you can’t be thinking about what’s your next move. When you hesitate or think, you give your opponent that moment they need to recover their guard or counter your attempts to pass. 

So how do we do that?   DRILLING! DRILLING!! DRILLING!!!

Every class we do some kind of drilling, a lot of the time we will have special drilling only classes. By drilling the way we do ,anytime I find myself in one of my drilling positions my body just moves, no thinking just moving. The higher the belt rank the less time you have to react, this only leaves you with one thing to do MOVE! In this Video Vicente Junior and I will show you two standing guard passes that we drill at least 300 times a week. This is how you must train if you want to get the most from your mat time.

After the video please leave me a comment and share the blog. I love to hear what you think good or bad. I’m not only looking to be better at BJJ. I want to give you the best information and thoughts I can.

I hope you enjoy!

Lance Tippett

Drilling is the key, so just do it!

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Grip fighting follow up video!

The snow is falling here on the east coast, so I had to cancel classes tonight at my academy. I shot this video last week, but I was out of town all weekend teaching a seminar in Pennsylvania with my instructor Professor Vicente Junior (VJ). I had a lot of you, ask for a quick follow up video, talking about the grip fighting ideas from my last post, “Are you losing the BJJ grip fight? Most of you aren’t even playing the game.” In this grip fighting video, VJ and I will show you how to start your attacks, and how to react when someone grips you first. One idea I want you to get from this, is a mindset of trying to never let someone grip you first, or have a better grip then you. If you are behind on the grips when you start, its very hard if not impossible, to catch up.  What you need to do is, stop your attack and break their grips, then start your attack again with your  grips in the correct places. Check out the video below and leave me a comment.

Drilling is the key, so just do it!

Thanks

Lance Trippett

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Are you losing the BJJ Grip Fight? Most of you aren’t even playing the game!

As most Black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I roll with my students everyday. This enables me to see and feel the way my students are rolling. One thing I always hear from my white and blue belts is, “I always feel like I ‘m fighting a loosing battle, constantly defending and always a step behind.” The answer I’m sure you hear a lot is, “You are only a [insert belt color) keep working and you will get more tools.” Another one might be “that’s the way it will be until some new people come in for you to work on” or something like that. By watching and rolling in 30+ matches a week, I have noticed a very bad habit that most white and blue belts do. They always lose the beginning of the grip fight. Most of the time its not even a fight, it’s the higher belt taking what ever grips they want, while the newer student does’t try to stop them, or even, try to get a grip of their own. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte. All the higher belts know your are making this fundamental mistake. The thing is it  makes rolling with you that much easier.

 

Different BJJ Grips

Different BJJ Grips

Before you engage (ie: take down, getting on top, or pulling guard) you must win the grip fight FIRST! If you are starting standing, or on your knees, your grips or preventing their grips is your first mission. The grips are the most important part, not only your grips, but your opponents grips. As your match is starting if you don’t have the grips that you need (your go to grip) don’t allow your opponent to have whatever grips they want. What I see all the time is, one person gets their grips of choice, and the other person just lets them push them over on their back or pull them into closed guard. This is the biggest mistake you can make. As someone starts to control you, you need to focus all your energy and concentration on either breaking that grip, or using that grip to your advantage. The main reason is that any grip can give your opponent a higher level of control. Even if it’s a little control at that moment, they could use that one grip to get a large amount of control by hip movement and/or re-gripping. You can think of it as them peeking through your half opened window: you don’t want them to open the window and climb through it; I would rather have you slam that window on their fingers, so they don’t even want to grip again.

Soon you will start to know what grips are very dangerous and what grips you can let them have. This will come with time and feeling. I tell people to think of grips as an electric shock; don’t let your opponent SHOCK YOU, you do the shocking! They laugh, but they remember it. You must use grips to help your movements, but also keep in mind above all else grips are control, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem, the correct grip in the right hands they can end a fight quick.

Drilling is the key, so just do it.

Talk to you soon, and thanks for sharing this.

Lance Trippett

 

 

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2014 Goal Setting Worksheet download

I’m going to keep this short and sweet.  I posted a goals setting article a week or so ago named,  “BJJ Goal Setting for 2014 How & Why.”  I wanted to make setting your 2014 goals very easy, so I put together a downloadable pdf.  This is going to make it SO easy for you to get started.  Click the link below and print out the worksheet.  Then, fill it out and post it where you can see it everyday to keep you on task.

Click this Link to download your 2014 Goal Sheet

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for your FREE

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BJJ Guard, Triple Attack Drill

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu your transitions should be smooth and effortless. The key is for you to feel safe and in control when your are attacking. I put together a video of a triple attack transition drill that Vicente Junior showed me a few years ago.  I still use this drill regularly in my training and when I’m teaching. When you first start training BJJ your moves will be very one dimensional. If you attempt a sweep or submission and it fails you start over. Soon you will start linking or chaining your attacks together, if your first submission fails you will have one or two more options to keep attacking with. The drill that Kail Bosque and I show here, is just one of the transition drills that we teach our students. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it.

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BJJ Goal Setting for 2014 How & Why

Many people feel as if they’re adrift in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere.

Like Zig Ziggler Said “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!”

( Read this whole post! At the bottom there is a goal work sheet pdf for you to print out. )

A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from BJJ, and haven’t set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not!

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of your future into reality.

The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, ie: winning a local tournament, not getting smashed in side control, making it to class 3 days a week, or my favorite drilling with a partner 2 days a week, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.

Why Set Goals?

Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge in BJJ, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your BJJ life.

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, that, you can measure and take pride in, the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed the long BJJ grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.

Starting to Set BJJ Goals

You set your BJJ goals on a number of levels:

  • First you create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your BJJ life (or over the next 10 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve. ie: get your black belt in 10 years, win Worlds at each belt rank, open your own school
  • Then, you break these down into the smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals. ie: get my blue belt by the next belt test, add one day a week for classes and drilling, volunteer my free time at the school to learn the business side
  • Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.

This is why we start the process of goal setting by looking at your lifetime goals. Then, we work down to the things that you need to do in the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.

Step 2: Setting Smaller Goals

Once you have set your lifetime goals, set a one to five year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan.

Then create a six-month plan, and a one-month plan of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your lifetime goals. Each of these should be based on the previous plan.

Then create a daily To-Do List  of things that you should do today to work towards your lifetime  BJJ goals.

At an early stage, your smaller goals might be to read books and gather information on the achievement of your higher level goals. This will help you to improve the quality and realism of your goal setting.

Finally review your plans, and make sure that they fit the way in which you want to live your life in BJJ.

Tip:

If you feel that you’re not paying enough attention to certain areas of your life, you may need to use these same goal setting techniques in other parts of your life. Family, money, education, love, anything and everything. 

Staying on Course

Once you’ve decided on your first set of goals, keep the process going by reviewing and updating your To-Do List on a daily basis (if possibly) but no longer then weekly.

Periodically review the longer term plans, and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience. (A good way of doing this is to schedule regular, repeating reviews using a computer-based diary, or a composition book)

SMART Goals

A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we’ve included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:

  • S – Specific (or Significant).
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

For example, instead of having “winning worlds” as a goal, it’s more powerful to say “I want to win blue belt Worlds by June 2015.” Obviously, this will only be attainable if a lot of preparation has been completed beforehand! (Setting smaller goals daily, weekly, monthly to attain your larger goals.

Further Goal Setting Tips

The following broad guidelines will help you to set effective, and achievable goals:

  • State each goal as a positive statement – Express your goals positively – “Execute this technique well when in Closed guard ” is a much better goal than “Don’t make this stupid mistake when sweeping someone.”
  • Be precise: Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement. If you do this, you’ll know exactly when you have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.
  • Set priorities – When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.
  • Write goals down – This crystallizes them and gives them more force. You must do this!!!!!!
  • Keep operational goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you’re working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.
  • Set performance goals, not outcome goals – You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control! In BJJ, they could include poor judging, injury, the person is better then you or just plain bad luck.If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals, and draw satisfaction from them. ” I may not have won worlds this year but I played my game well Roger Gracie was better then me, I will beat him next year.” 🙂 Thats the idea at least
  • Set realistic goals – It’s important to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (for example, employers, parents, media, or society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions. It’s also possible to set goals that are too difficult because you might not appreciate either the obstacles in the way, or understand quite how much skill you need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.

I have made a goal setting work sheet for you to download

Click the link to download your 2014 Best BJJ Drills Goal Sheet

Tell me your Goals for 2014 in the comment section below!

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“Thanks, But Too Much Information”

OK, I want to learn BJJ.  I made that decision but where do I even begin?

Signing up at an accredited school is the first step.  Accredited is a subjective term here since anyone with a business license to rent property can start up a school.  Do your research through word of mouth and the Internet.  But if you want even more of a supplemental learning or just can’t fit in classes as a regular routine, there are too many other sources to explore.

 

Internet:

The world is currently at your fingertips and you can try YouTube.  You can try Googling.  Anyone can upload a YouTube video from your average Joe’s to World Champion black belts.  If you choose to watch free videos, do your research on who is actually a credible source.   If you do get information through a credible source, the moves may look cool, but they could be too advanced for someone who is new.  Even if you’re able to grasp the concepts while your helpful partner plays a dead fish, attempting to try it on a resisting person may create some issues and overall it would be better to learn more realistic moves that you can actually execute.  Bloggers can offer advice and useful tutorials but just like YouTube, it’s free and pretty easy for anyone to get involved.  Like everything else on the Internet, the techniques may be actually legit or not really.

 

Other Media:

BJJ magazines aren’t fully mainstream at the moment so many people can order them online if unable to find them in a physical store.   Many of these magazines highlight the BJJ celebrities and talk about current events, gear, and culture.  There are articles that do showcase specific techniques and drills with pictures and detailed descriptions.

DVDs usually are not free, unlike YouTube.  Similar to YouTube, anyone can produce one, but because they take more time to produce, generally DVDs are sold by people with relatively higher level experience.

Books. You can buy colored picture books that go through step by step directions by going to a bookstore or purchasing an item online.

You could get with a buddy and practice what you see in the pictures, but this can be difficult if there is no more experienced third person to make sure sure you are actually doing it correctly.  Jiujitsu certainly relies on the small details.  Placing your base as your hand instead of an elbow, at a 30 degree or 90 degree angle, a few inches close to someone’s head or farther way can make a pretty significant difference.

 

More Classes:

Seminars are often offered by higher level belts who have had some kind of BJJ competition qualification.  Rarely will these events be free unless you have the hook up, but they focus more on a specific technique that the instructor has generally refined.  These are a little different from the normal class because it is more about learning, watching, and drilling rather than hard sparring.

BJJ is huge in Brazil, which is pretty expected since that is where it originated so you could always take a trip down there to fully get engulfed in training and culture straight from the source.  This would be an expensive route but memorable experience.

 

Tired of reading? If so, it makes perfect sense.  That was a lot of information all at one time, the exact point of this post.  With all that being said, stay tuned for the next articles on pinpointing the right type of supplemental training best for you.

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BJJ Mind Game

Many BJJ athletes worry too much about what others think about them. These athletes have a desire for approval from others, such as teammates, coaches, parents, and friends.

If you (or your students) want or need to please others, you have a need to be admired, accepted, respected, or liked by other athletes, coaches, family or teammates.

I have to admit that some of this is just human nature (I do It too), but when taken to an extreme, it can cause athletes to feel pressure and is a huge distraction.

Do you worry you’ll disappoint your teammates or professor if you loss a match or mess up a technique?

Here’s a classic scenario from one of our readers,  parents:

“If my son makes a simple mistake like making a wrong grip, losing by points from a mental mistake, or giving up when someone starts passing his guard. That’s it, days over, in a funk, and upset. His main concern is disappointing the Professor, teammates, or parents and worried they will think less of him as an athlete (outcast for not winning the match). Why is he so concerned with “not letting down others”?”

This type of thinking not only distracts you from performing in the moment, but it also becomes a source of pressure for many BJJ athletes.

This is called social approval . Athletes who are preoccupied with what others think tend to engage in what I call “mind reading.”

Mind reading is when you make unfounded assumptions about what others might think about your performance, such as:

“Is my Professor disappointed with the errors I made today?”
“Will my parents be happy with my performance today if I lose?”
“If I mess up today, will others be happy with me?”

Social approval comes in many forms. Some athletes want to please or gain respect from others. Some athletes fear disappointing people.

The effect on you is still the same when you perform: pressure, tension, and distraction.

The key is to understand when you begin to read others’ minds:

  • Do you mind read when others are watching you perform?
  • Do you mind read after you make a mistake?
  • Do you mind read when you see expressions of disapproval from others?

The next step is to understand why you are so concerned with what others think about your game:

  • Do you want to avoid embarrassment?
  • Do you want to gain others’ approval?
  • Do you want to impress others with your skills?
  • Do you use sport as a way to gain respect from others?

Once you can uncover when and why you mind read, you can learn to react better in these scenarios.

Here’s a simple mental game tip to help you… (1) Catch yourself the next time you begin to mind read. (2) Tell yourself that’s not important right now. (3) Refocus on the current match. That’s it!

This simple strategy will at least help you be more aware when you worry about what others think.

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