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De La Riva – (Day-La-He-Va)

Lesson Plan

Position Description

De La Riva was started by Ricardo De La Riva. The goal is to entangle the leg of your opponent. 


From Top

  • Strip the Grips
  • Don’t Allow them to grab the ankle
  • Grip the free leg
  • Be in a squat position

From Bottom

  • Establish Grips
  • Grab the Ankle
  • Get them off balance
  • Don’t Allow them to grip the free leg
  • Bring their weight forward

Additional Information

Head Positioning

From Top

  • Keep your Head up
  • Don’t allow them to grab your head 

From Bottom

  • Not Super important from bottom

Leg Positioning

From Top

From Bottom

  • Use the leg to hook around the near leg for a modern De La Riva Positioning – Hip up to set Near Leg   
  • Use the leg to hook around the far leg for the traditional De La Riva also know as De La X. Have your butt on their foot.


From Top

  • Control the pants at the knees

From Bottom

  • One arm Grip at the Heel, Ankle or Pant Leg
  • Other on one of the following
    • Grip the belt
    • Grip the collar 
    • Grip the Sleeve
    • Grip the Cross Sleeve

Underhook De La Riva

  • Establish De La Riva then go under the shin and grab your shin
  • Keep your other foot on your opponent


From Top

  • Don’t allow your weight to come forward 
  • When passing choose to stay super tight or super long

From Bottom

  • Pull them in close to load their weight on you before the sweep

Opponents Submission Setups

From Opponent on Top

Weight Analysis

From the Top

  • Keep your Balance and weight low. 
  • Don’t bring your weight forward

From Bottom

  • Keep their weight moving

Ideal Body Type

  • Longer Legs for Traditional De La Riva
  • Shorter Legs for Modern De La Riva

Leverage Points

From Top

  • Knees 

From Bottom

  • Collar
  • Sleeves
  • Knees

Pro Grappler to Review

  • Gianni Grippo

Additional Positions

  • Underhook DLR