About a week ago Master De La Riva came to Conquest (my school) to hang out with us and teach a seminar. He is not only a legend in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ( he has his owe position), he is an amazing person. DLR is one of those guys that is aways smiling and he lights up the room when he comes in.
The day after the seminar my instructor Vicente Jr, who is very close with DLR, set up an extra training session for me and a few of my training partners. We rolled and talked about a few different positions. I was like a kid in a candy store. I pick up a few new tricks that has already helped my game.
Before we stopped for the day, I asked Masted De La Riva to show me one of his favorite techniques. He decided to show a sweet DLR guard to back take / sweep option.
World Champion and 5X Pan Am champion Vicente Jr (VJ) is one of my best friends, business partner, and also my BJJ Professor. I started training under him as a Purple belt but, (I might as well have been a white belt) I was not very good and most of what I did know was wrong. Once I stared training under him, he started to fix my bad habits and teach me the proper way to train, learn, teach and compete. I’m very lucky to have a professor that is as good as he is, but I’m even more lucky to have him as friend and mentor.
This was a drill we did last week in our Conquest competition team training. It show the correct way to get from a closed guard to spider guard and ends with a nice triangle choke.
Tom McMahon is a recognized martial arts expert, BJJ travel blogger, and a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champion. He has family in Maryland and has been coming to my school (BJJ Conquest) for about 5 years now. Tom’s Jiu Jitsu is some of the best I have seen, so I asked him to share one his best attack flows with us. After the video make sure to check out Tom’s blog http://riseagainbjj.com/
Vicente Jr and I are always working on new drills and this is one of our NEW favorites. We love the way it flows, and the idea, of working 3 different passes from the same starting position. When you approach a technique this way, it gives your mind and body a few different options, but you will always gravitate toward the one that woks the best for the situation, and your body.
Take a look and let me know what you think!
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Fights, Fights, and more Fights!! I have another big weekend full of fights. One of my Pro MMA fighters Rob Watley will be fighting MMA in Atlantic City at the Borgata, plus Vicente Jr. and a lot of the Conquest Competition Team will be going to the IBJJF New York Open. So needless to say we will be very busy this weekend.
Now that I’m back posting each week, I have been getting all kinds of questions… most are related to passing the Spider Guard. Here is a question that I got last week.
“Help, I can’t pass anyones Spider Guard! Every time I get caught up in someones spider guard, I get swept or submitted. Breaking their grips is impossible. PLEASE HELP!!” Tom M.
Tom, I’m here to save the day (lol) I asked 4th degree De La Riva Black Belt Vicente Jr to help me out. In this video we will teach you how to break the grips and pass the normal spider guard and the leg lasso spider guard ending in a fancy leg drag position.
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Now that I’m back and have been posting weekly. I have had a lot of questions coming in. (BTW, I love questions please keep sending them)
One question I have had a lot is about showing a good Spider Guard drill. I was going to shoot a video showing some one the ones that I do. Then I remembered about a year ago my professor and training partner Vicente Jr was training with Leandro Lo and they recorded one of my favorite drills. I sent this drill to my email subscribers around a year ago so I thought I should remind them and show everyone else.
In this Spider Guard drill Leandro shows how to set up the one legged X-guard (one of my favorites) or you can use it to take the back, which is always a great idea.
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If you know me, then you know, I love the closed guard. To me the closed guard is a position that, I feel, everyone needs to master. (or at least try to) In BJJ your guard is your home, and you need to control who comes in and who gets out.
This is a slick armbar setup that I use all the time and it almost always works! It will take some drilling to get the timing down, but it is worth it.
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Just as Julius Erving shot thousands of basket balls, you will need to drill this basic sweep thousands of times to master it . The scissor sweep and technical escape are two very basic but also very effective techniques.
In this video we will link both techniques together to work a sweet partner drill. Professor Kail Bosque and I will show the way we like to teach both of these movements and how we put them together to drill in a very effective way.
Time is always an issue for us. By linking two or three techniques together like we did here and in the triple guard attack, we are not only drilling, but we are drilling with no wasted movements.
As a follow up to my post a few weeks back, “Call Me the Head Hunter” , I was asked to post some examples of how to control my opponents head and how it helps. With so many questions, I asked my training partner Kail Bosque to help me shoot a quick video of some of the drills we use. In this we will show how to Stop someone from passing your guard and how by using the correct head control you can get one of my favorite passes.
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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.
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.