Last night after we had warmed up with the flip over a person on all fours(which 1 managed 1 back and over!!!) we drilled De La Riva guard, we started the drills with a hip movement drill, then we slowly added pieces until we were performing a back take from De La Riva, this has to be my favorite technique, the back take, either from X-guard or how we drilled it last night, the part where you grab the belt and go for the back is quite similar between the two guard sweeps, and it appears to be devastatingly effective.(I am realizing that I would much prefer taking the back to any other dominant position, including mount)
Getting to that position where you have a good grip on the belt of your opponent is something I am going to DRILL and DRILL! and I will search and ask if there are any other positions that will get you to this point.
so far I know you can get there from X-Guard and De La Riva, and I will be on the look out for more opportunities to get to this position.
No-Gi this technique falls apart(for me at least), with no belt to grab on to your opponent, they are able to escape, maybe it can be done but by incremental grips, which also can be described in a way I have been told as “climbing your opponent”.
last night was a great lesson at 80/20BJJ, we drilled the above technique revolving around the class so we got to try it on a lot of different people and a lot of different people got to try it on me.
Being able to try out a technique on different people is important I have found, no two people are the same and you can get used to how a technique works with specific people, on Saturdays class just gone, we had some people come train from another club, I rolled with one of them and I found it very different, he had a different approach/style, and I could appreciate that I had gotten used to rolling with the people I know at 80/20BJJ, this was something that has been mentioned by our Instructor Dion, he warned of getting into a comfort zone, rolling with the same people, maybe not trying something risky so this is something I will keep in mind.
this Wednesday, leglock day is going to be great fun, for this class I will focus on being smooth and getting the drills down, pushing the technique into muscle memory.