Move of The Day: Del La Riva to 50/50 Guard Sweep

 Dan Faggella is a Leg Lock Expert in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World – winning the Gold Medal in the recent No-Gi Pan Ams without a single point being scored against him. Dan has produced over a dozen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu DVD Instructional Videos & Books. His FREE “50-50 Bonus Footage” Mini Course  can be found online at:

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Does the title of this entry make it sound like one of the most epic moves ever?  Well, it may sound like it but don’t worry; this transition is rather easy to hit once you familiarize yourself with it.  There are a lot of moving parts to this specific transition, but don’t let that intimidate you!

In my opinion, the 50/50 guard is a fantastic tool that will open the door for many potential sweeps and guard passes. There is some controversy about the position, check out this breakdown to see if it is a legitimate position or if we should ignore it all together First off, if you initiate the position, your opponent will be thinking “leg lock” all day long, which makes them vulnerable to passes.

Keenan Cornelius and Sinistro working in the 50/50 against each other

Keenan Cornelius and Sinistro working in the 50/50 against each other

However, this isn’t a setup from the traditional 50/50 guard.  Going for the Del La Riva adds a degree of mystery, difficulty and pure awesomeness to the entire sequence.  Like I said, there are a lot of moving parts but it isn’t all that difficult.

Finding a Comfortable Range of Motion

This sequence calls for your body to act in such a way that you may not be all that used to.  Both the Del La Riva and the 50/50 call for unique positioning of your body and limbs when they are used as a standalone setup, however, once you mix them together, it demands full attention.

When you see the move in action, you’ll know just what I mean.  However, you’ll also see how cool it looks, and it isn’t all that hard to pull off.

  • Setting up the Del La Riva, you’ll want to swing off to the side, bringing your inside leg between theirs.
  • Reaching under your thigh, hook the outside of their ankle with your arm that is closest to the mat.
  • Your outside leg will now swing backwards towards their opposite hip.
  • Grab hold of their other leg with your off hand.
  • Get your hips up high, and then push them backwards onto the mat.
  • Pull your inside leg out and place it onto the mat, then post off of it.
  • Push their leg upwards towards the sky.
  • This allows you to stack and pass into side control.

50/50 Sweep-The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Once you get to the final step of the move, not only can you stack your opponent and pass, but you can also lock on a mean leg lock.  This setup is perfect because it gives you so many options, which the 50/50 is all about!

It may not get the love it deserves at times, but the 50/50 guard is simply fantastic when done correctly.  You can pass, you can stack or you can latch onto a leg…the options are wonderful! You can use it for either defensive purposes or for attacking. If you would like to learn some leg locks from the 50/50 check out this other article.

This specific move is a little bit fishy at times, but I taught it to the white belts at my academy, so you most certainly can do this sequence too!

Dan Faggella


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