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14 July 2014

14/07/2014 - Teaching | Open Guard | Back Take from de la Riva

Teaching #166
Artemis BJJ (Bristol Sports Centre), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 14/07/2014

The tripod and sickle sweeps I taught last week work well together. There is a third option too, if your partner steps back to avoid those sweeps, putting themself into a sideways-on stance. Although that means they can probably avoid your earlier sweeps, they are now vulnerable to a back take. You can of course also do this technique to start with, if they give you the position, but I normally find it becomes available as a follow up.

Starts off from a de la Riva hook, where you are threading your leg from the outside of theirs to the inside, so that you can wrap your instep by their inner thigh. If they're standing sideways, then after securing your de la Riva hook, it should be possible to bring your other leg around behind the same leg you're hooking (kicking your de a Riva hook through to their far hip can help too). Use your second leg to pull yourself around to their back: this is a good application of the warm-up drill where you use your legs to circle around your partner, pushing and pulling yourself around their legs.

If you're holding their sleeve, switch your hand to their belt as you shift your position. This will give you control and it will also provide something you can pull to finish the technique. You could try grabbing their gi, especially if the belt is loose, but the belt is probably the strongest grip as long as they still have it tied. Put both your insteps or shins behind both their knees. From there, kick out your legs and pull on their belt. This should drop them directly into back mount, whereupon you immediately secure your preferred grip with the arms (I'd recommend the seat-belt, which I last taught here).

Teaching & Sparring Notes: Building up to the technique via several related drills, like the circling round with your legs and the guard recovering as they pass, seemed to fit together fairly well. I could perhaps emphasise kicking the de la Riva hook deeper, along with the importance of hip movement, but that facility with the legs tends to be something that develops over time.

It was odd numbers, so I jumped in to the sparring at the end. I'm still not combining attacks well enough and I'm also not shoulder walking as quickly as I should, though it's improving. I am throwing in that windscreen wiper sweep, which is good, but it isn't yet instinctive (I keep forgetting about their arm, for a start) and I'm again not flowing on to anything else very well from it. Switching into butterfly is something I should be thinking about more, as well as breaking grips more readily.

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