Digitsu Gianni Grippo Next Gen De La Riva
You should be no stranger to Gianni Grippo if you follow the competition scene of Jiu Jitsu. He’s a multiple time IBJJF Pan Am Champion and IBJJF Worlds medalist and has had some fierce matches with the Miyao brothers. His specialty is considered the De La Riva guard and the variants of it. Long time student of Renzo Gracie, Gianni now resides under the Alliance banner with Marcelo Garcia in New York City and released this instructional video on the Next Generation of De La Riva Guard, produced and distributed by Digitsu.
If you like watching instructional videos then you should know who Digitsu is as well. They’ve released videos featuring Abmar Barbosa and Lucas Lepri that were to be quite frank, amazing. Digitsu has teamed up with Gianni Grippo to release this instructional video focusing on Gianni’s competition proven techniques from the De La Riva and Reverse De La Riva guards.
To help keep the price at $40, Digitsu chose to use the slimmer case made of laminated, heavy card stock with artwork/design to each of the four sides of the packaging. A clear dvd holder is on the inside right panel for the Gianni Grippo DVD.
- As far as the lighting goes, it is a darker setting opposed to the Abmar Barbosa Jiu Jitsu Outlaw or Lucas Lepri Guard Passing sets from Digitsu. Those sets were extremely well lit in my opinion. Don’t let the description of the darker setting fool you though, it’s still a properly lit video and you can see the technique very clearly.
To further elaborate on the darker setting, the gym lights were turned off and they were using portable lighting for the video.
(Charlie from Digitsu explained to me the reason the lighting was done this way this time (in addition to the new location last minute) was that we wanted to mimic emulate spotlight/theater setting.)
- The DVD is also set in front of a black matted wall which helps Gianni and Adam stand out more in the video. At times I feel that they are too close to the wall though and it appears that Adam is trying not to hit the wall or contorting his body during the end of the technique being shown.
- The sound on the video 98% of the time is great, but when Gianni turns his back to the camera the sound is muffled a little bit. You can still hear everything he is saying but it’s not as clear.
- On certain techniques they have a picture in picture so you can see the details opposite of the current camera angle and what it’s not showing. This is a good feature in my opinion and at the end of the technique they do show different angles multiple times as well to help you further understand the technique.
The production is good in my opinion, it could use a little bit of work but I’ve spoken with Digitsu and given my critiques to them. They took into consideration what I said and know what they need to focus on for the next video they’re releasing. They’ve promised that we are going to be in awe of their next release!!!!
DLR – 34 minutes
- Gianni’s basic explanations of getting to the DLR from standing are great. He talks about the importance of distance, grips, what to do and what not to do. He goes into good details and I think it would be great for blue belts and above but at the same time I believe a white belt could really use this part as well. It’s a good introduction of pulling guard to the DLR position.
- Gianni doesn’t go into great detail about holding DLR (that is saved for later on in the DVD) but does touch on controlling opponents posture, foot position, grips, and your own body positioning. He leaves out a key detail of holding the guard though, but then goes back and mentions it a few techniques later in the DLR to Low Single Leg technique. (Keeping your DLR hook knee turned in, forcing his knee/body to turn and help create the angle you need)
- For the two submissions that Gianni shows here he does a good job of focusing on the details like specific grips, space and how much to give/take, keeping your opponents posture controlled so they can’t force a disadvantageous position, and even basic details on how to really finish each submission.
As for the omaplata submission, he showed a small detail that I’ve never seen before which involves grabbing the belt AND the foot. I have never even thought of doing this before to help finish the submission, if you’ve seen it then I apologize but I think it’s a great addition to my omaplata now.
- For each sweep/takedown Gianni likes to stress the importance of your positioning after completing the sweep. He likes to end each sweep in the leg drag position (or any position to pass for that matter) and really drives home the point of not stopping after you sweep and letting your opponent get a neutral position, then you having to work harder to get around their guard. Gianni explains each sweep with great details that are very basic and easy for most white belts to understand.
- The DLR to the back is a very basic back attack that a lot of people are shown when they are first introduced to the position. Gianni doesn’t show how to really set the position up but does elaborate and stress the importance that you should play with your grips and never let your opponent settle their position or their grips.
He starts the technique by already having his belt grip set, after that though he does show great details that any belt level can understand. Feet positioning, space, hip movement, and hand grips are all explained super well.
***The DLR to triangle, omoplata, and ankle pic techniques are from the shallow hook while in the combat base position. The DLR to Low Single Leg, single leg, single to X guard sweep, and to the back are all from the shallow hook and your opponent is standing.***
Berimbolo – 24 minutes
Berimbolo’s have been sweeping (get it?) the Jiu Jitsu nation for quite some time now. Chances are if you’ve competed lately then you’ve seen every belt level berimboloing each other like no other.
- There are already a ton of instructional material out there involving the Berimbolo but Gianni discusses a different way to grip, dealing with different weights of opponents, proper head movement, space/posture control, and more. He shows five variations of the Berimbolo that can easily be tied to one another.
The details are key, and once again are explained very well. Going from the Berimbolo to the back x2, to a leg drag, mount, toe hold…whichever path you choose you can be assured that you are doing them in precise fashion due to the way Gianni teaches.
I don’t spend as much time as I should on sweeping from the Berimbolo, most of my time is spent on working to shut it down but this definitely gives me more of an understanding of the deadly options that an opponent can go to while attempting the technique. More work for me to try and shut down 🙂
RDLR- 24 minutes
I’m not a big Reverse DLR player and haven’t actually looked really hard into the position so for me this is important as I need details on how to make the position work and sweep.
- Right off the bat Gianni explains how to hold the DLR and try to avoid the RDLR if you’re hell bent on keeping the DLR guard. Good details on switching back and forth from Reverse to regular De La Riva guard for those interested in doing so. I like to play a little DLR but sometimes do get smashed down so switching to Rever De La Riva is going to be perfect for me.
- The way Gianni explains and demonstrates the sweeps involved with the RDLR, he makes it seem so easy to just jump right in and execute the sweeps. Me already having a grasp of inverting, normal DLR, and basic positions surely helps that so I showed it to someone who doesn’t quite have that grasp and while they said it looked difficult, he was explaining it very well and after drilling a technique for a second or two they got it to work.
For me not knowing any techniques from the Reverse DLR guard, this portion was super easy to follow and makes me want to explore the position even more after I get these techniques down. I hate to sound like a broken record but the explanation of each technique was solid and very basic.
DVD Overview – 1:26:32
Digitsu is known for releasing quality instructional videos and everything I’ve seen from them has been quality content with good production. This instructional is no different and you would be hard pressed to say this video isn’t worth the $40 they’re charging. It’s FORTY DOLLARS!!!!! You won’t realize the bargain you’re getting for this DVD until you watch it.
I tried hard not to go into great detail about each technique because ultimately they’re all explained fairly well and have clear details with sufficient angles. Gianni has done a great job in this instructional and teaches in a way that most of the techniques are easy for everyone to understand. Gianni is very articulate when speaking and is literally talking almost the entire time. Always adding on and explaining every move he’s making. He really stresses the basic details of each move and how to effectively use the technique step by step. (this is in fact due to the huge amount of time he’s spent with the likes of Jon Danaher and Renzo Gracie; and now Marcelo Garcia)
I would highly recommend you get this hard copy DVD or you can wait for the on demand version that should be coming out in the future. Either way you should pick this up if you’re wanting to learn some tournament proven DLR/RDLR techniques.