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01 February 2017

01/02/2017 - Drilling (Wednesday) | Reverse de la Riva sweeps (JJS)

Class #799
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - -01/02/2017

Technically, this is Paul's Intermediate BJJ class. He's been running that for a few months, but I haven't been able to attend because I usually teach the women's class. However, as of this week, Lisa is taking over the women's class, with other female grapplers that train here covering when she's away. That means I can now take part in the class downstairs. Not to take anything away from Paul's teaching (he does a great job), but I wanted to use that opportunity to get in some focused drilling. It can be hard as an instructor to get that drilling in, so I wasn't going to pass up this chance.

I drilled Paul's technique with my training partner on their turn, but when it was my go, I ran through a few of the reverse de la Riva sweeps I want to develop. They're all from Jiu Jitsu Style #036, with a bunch of them in a related sequence (e.g., if they grip like this, here's a sweep, if they do this instead, go for a choke, when they do this, another sweep, etc). The two I'm focusing on to start with are what I'm calling the tilt sweep and the pull to the back (I try to come up with descriptive names, rather than the random terminology BJJ often uses).

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The starting position is reverse de la Riva, specifically the configuration where you are essentially doing long range knee shield half guard (Sam's favourite). You're grabbing their collar with your knee shield hand, while also gripping their same side wrist on your bottom leg side, shoving that hand underneath your bottom leg. The tilt sweep relies on them looking to go for a leg weave, reaching through your knee-in-stomach/chest leg to grab the thigh of the bottom leg. That enables you to switch your collar to grip to instead grasp their reaching wrist. From there, you just tilt to your knee shield side, rolling them over into mount.

For the pull to the back, they are going for a different passing attempt. This time, they are reaching under your leg looking to grab your belt or gi. Kick your underhooked leg, with the aim of driving your knee inwards and into them. Pull them down with your collar grip, also extending to shove their head away at an awkward angle. Once you've got their head stuffed towards the mat, move your bottom hand from their wrist to grab the back of their gi. Pull down, so that the tension from your collar grip gets replaced by the back grip. You are now free to bring your collar grip hand to their belt. From here, it is probably easiest to go to their back and attack the turtle, but you can also try and drive through into side control.

I need to be careful of my foot and/or leg getting stuck with these sweeps. Interestingly, on the pull to back I still had my arm stuck somehow and it turned into more of a butterfly sweep. Still worked, but I'll keep playing with that.

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