De La Riva

Jiu Jitsu black belts in traditional gis demonstrating De La Riva Guard

This position (pronounced like day-la-HEEV-ah) is a very active guard position in which the person on bottom uses pushing and pulling energy on the top person to keep them off balance. The key points of De La Riva (abbreviated DLR) are that the person on bottom grabs an opponent’s ankle and hooks their foot around that leg. The other leg pushes against the knee, thigh, or hip of the opponent to affect their balance. The person on bottom will typically control the sleeve or lapel of the top person to keep them from having good posture and balance.

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