Sixth degree black belt Ricardo De La Riva is celebrating another birthday this Thursday, January 28.
The developer of one of the most widely used guard styles in Jiu-Jitsu history, De La Riva sure has made a name for himself in our sport.
We celebrate the date and his influence in today’s BJJ giving you three examples of how the DLR is used as base for new guard styles and techniques.
First, Keenan Cornelius uses the DLR to start a sweep and a guard pass.
Then, Gianni Grippo uses the inverted DLR along with the x-guard to sweep his opponent.
Finally, the Miyao Bros teach several set ups for the berimbolo, which would not exist without the De La Riva.