Position of Control

De La Riva

De La Riva

Lucky for me we are working open guard as the part of the monthly curriculum.  My two favorite open guard positions are the De La Riva Guard and the Spider Guard with a DLR hook on one of the arms.  For whatever reason these two positions of contol feel natural to me.  

Spider Guard w/hook

Spider Guard w/hook

I’m still trying to develop a comfortable game playing both positions at the long range (opponent standing) and intermediate range (opponent kneeling).  I want to naturally flow from one position to the next while maintaining one of the 10 control points

This video has some good points on control while playing at the intermediate range.  While it is not the traditional DLR/Spider Guard, the principles are the same.    Bjj4life!

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