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Ricardo de la Riva compares new and old BJJ rules, advises newcomers

A pupil of Carlson Gracie, Ricardo de la Riva has shaped many champions as a teacher, among them former Pride and UFC champion Rodrigo Minotauro and his brother Rogerio Minotouro. At 51, de la Riva continues to teach and shape new talents at his Copacabana, Rio gym.

He talked to Graciemag to share some advice for beginners, say what it takes to get promoted to blue-belt, analyze competition rules, and teach a sweep starting from the guard named after himself.

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