De La Riva to Guard

Paco comes down with his right hand. To block his punch, I ball up by bringing my left leg to the inside of my left elbow. This creates a shield on the left side of my body.

Paco attempts to land a left overhand punch, but because I keep my right leg straight and my left foot planted on his left hip, he is unable to close the distance.

Having failed to land the left overhand, Paco loads up to throw a right overhand punch.

In order to sweep your opponent from the De La Riva guard when he throws an overhand punch, you must pull him forward with your hook to get his weight on top of you. If you can't get his weight far enough forward to execute the sweep, a good option is to pull full guard.

I've assumed the De La Riva guard position by wrapping my right leg all the way around Paco's left leg, placing my left foot on his left hip to maintain distance, and latching onto his left ankle with my right hand for control.

Having failed to land the left overhand, Paco loads up to throw a right overhand punch.

Paco attempts to land a left overhand punch, but because I keep my right leg straight and my left foot planted on his left hip, he is unable to close the distance.

As Paco throws the overhand, his momentum carries his weight forward and down. I help aid this progression by balling up and drawing his body into me using my right De La Riva hook. It is important to notice that I have wrapped my left arm around his head for control, and that I'm still gripping his left ankle with my right hand.

Unable to get Paco's weight over the top of me, I abandon the sweep. As he collapses forward, I wrap both legs around his body to capture him in my full guard.

I bring my right ankle over my left and interlock my feet, establishing the closed guard position. I keep my arms wrapped tightly around Paco's head to keep his posture broken. This not only helps protect me from strikes, but it will also help me set up a submission or sweep.

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