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 situations. 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.
Stephan Kesting teaches the two highest percentage leglocks you can use to defeat the de la Riva guard.
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