Rethinking Reverse De La Riva Guard as One of No-Gi’s Best Techniques

Alec Baulding loves reverse de la riva and doesn’t care who knows it. Ever since his competitive tear in 2019, the black belt and former wrestling badass has been getting deeper into de la riva as a no-gi staple, and is ready to discuss his love of the versatile approach IRL.

Here Baulding expands on his love affair with sweet reverse riva, pointing out some of the entrances to sweeps and other guards players can find off their backs. Pay close attention as the video goes on–Baulding’s ability to break down micromovements, when and how to elevate, and analyze finishes is among some of the best in the grappling world currently. His approach to the finish after the spin through here is pretty interesting:

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Kimberly Kaye
Kimberly Kaye is a purple belt under NOLA MMA's Professor Matthias Meister, Mestre Valencio Cocada, and Ray Lopez. When she's not being choked or kicked by large Louisianians, she's an integrative wellness coach working primarily with fighters and autoimmune disease patients. In her free time she rehabilitates of deaf bully breed dogs no one else wants. Kimberly coexists with the rare diseases CIPO and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, and is an advocate for disabled individuals in the martial arts community and world at large.
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