Master Ricardo De La Riva is a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the late Grand Master Carlson Gracie. He started training in 1980 at the age of 15 and was awarded his BJJ black belt in 1986. Master De La Riva was the main instructor at Grand Master Carlson Gracie’s academy for many years. As the head black belt instructor for Grand Master Carlson, DLR had much influence on many future stars in BJJ and MMA in their early years at Carlson’s academy such as Mario Sperry, Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Liborio, Wallid Ismael, Amaury Bitetti, Bebeo Duarte and Carlos Barreto just to name a few.
Master De La Riva is best known for his aggressive and attacking guard game , a part of which bears his name. The “De La Riva Guard” or “De La Riva Hooks” have evolved over the years and are being used in their various forms at the highest levels of competition today. He used his unique style of BJJ to defeat some of the sports best, including the great Royler Gracie twice and brothers Royce and Rolker Gracie on the same day. The legendary Rickson Gracie once stated that De La Riva has the best guard in the world!!!
In 1993, Master De La Riva took a break from competition to dedicate his time exclusively to training his students. Among his champion students are brothers Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira , Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, Marcelo Grosso and Moacir “Boca” Oliveira among others. Always known as a great teacher of BJJ, recently, Master De La Riva was voted a top five BJJ fighter in the world by Gracie Magazine.
Today, Master De La Riva divides his time between teaching and training at his academy in Copacabana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and conducting seminars all over the world including regular seminars for U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. Master De La Riva will conduct 2-3 seminars per year at the Metro Detroit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy . All MDBJJ belt promotions and curriculum taught are under the supervision of Master De La Riva.
Master De La Riva’s BJJ Lineage: CARLOS GRACIE > CARLSON GRACIE > RICARDO DE LA RIVA