What the De La Riva Guard is, is an open guard. Usually it’s utilized when someone is doing standing passes. The reach makes De La Riva ideal for this type of situation. Other option for standing passes that’s equally viable is spider guard, according to Stephan Kesting and Brandon Mullins.
Controlling the ankle or the pants of the leg closer to your hip is one of the basic points of control. Heel is more secure but you need to use your own experience to determine what’s best in a situation.
Foot placement can be different but typically one would wrap around a thigh of the leg we’re holding by the heel and the other would be on the front of the opponents other leg. Ideally you’d also want to latch on to an opponents sleeve.
Dealing with a strong De La Riva Guard is no joke. If your opponent has solid grips and positioning in place, it can feel like you’re battling against windmills… But that’s simply because you don’t know how to properly defend against it.
Here’s how to deal with a strong De La Riva guard, as explained by the one and only Mikey Musumeci:
Deconstruct The Guard With Black Belt Technical Savant Mikey Musumeci’s Guide On How To Pass BJJ’s Most Troublesome Open Guards With Effective Understanding Of The Frames & How To Beat Them.
- Attack the guard with precise techniques built to succeed against the frames and angles of that particular position – with Mikey’s deep understanding of each exchange.
- Mikey Musumeci is one of the greatest grapplers of his generation, with wins in the black belt world finals using these same techniques!