Reverse de la riva/spiral guard
As a frequent watcher of high level jiu jitsu matches, I've noticed the increased use of this position.
I was personally introduced to this position about a year ago by an Atos blackbelt. I've decided to take the time to discuss and share what I've learned trying to implement it into my game.
What is the RDLR/Spiral guard?
There are two ways to play the rdlr. First is shown below.
There is a sleeve grip and ankle grip with the outside hand, with the dlr hook facing out and on his hip (non dlr hook side). This won't be the method I will be discussing. Why? My experience has been it is too easy for your opponent to smash the dlr hook leg down or break the ankle grip and kneeslice. Not saying it is impossible to use, just I believe there is a different answer.
Second variation (much more like a standing half guard variation)
Facing our opponent the dlr hook is vertical with the knee being pinched tight. The outside leg foot is posted on the hip, pushing into the opponent while conversely pulling with the dlr hook. The sleeve grip with the outside hand is desired but optional as a collar would suffice. The inside hand is gripping the ankle or wrapped around with the heel on your biceps like you're doing a hammer curl.
What can I do from here?
Depending on whether they are standing or in combat base there are several things you can do. If they stand to try to pass the first thing I would attempt is a single leg, push out with your leg on the hip, post on the mat with your hand that was gripping the ankle, hug the leg with your other arm. Your leg that was hooking should be on the mat curled behind their ankle. Drive your hips up and forward and pull your leg back. It should feel like a low single.
The other more cool option is the Kiss of the Dragon or spin under to the back. This move while seemingly complex is devestating as it allows you to bypass having to sweep, pass guard, and take the back. To simply sweeping straight to the back.
Against combat base
The one thing you'll notice is that this move doesn't necessarily require the gi. (As demonstrated below) however taking the back does become a more difficult prospect.
At 6 seconds the asian guy pulls it off.
At 3:54 Chris Westfall in gray pulls it off against Frost Murphy.
(so awesome) :SoMuchWin:
The thing to look out for is your opponent blocking your foot as you spin inverted and then basing back and controlling your head.
I love that this position allows me to control the distance and transition between rdlr, dlr, butterfly, sitting guard,deep half and 50/50.
Dealing with the threat of the kneeslice pass.....
will come later once I've uploaded videos and have more time. I'll also discuss an old school-esque move as well.:problem: