Ricardo De la Riva

by Ryan Fiorenzi on February 1, 2013

For me, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not a sport.  It is an art that has a sport aspect, as well as a self defense aspect.  But for me, it is an art that changes me as a person.  I believe that the ultimate purpose of art is to create something beautiful, and when a student can become more compassionate, confident, disciplined, focused, and humble, that is beautiful.

Ricardo De la Riva is the creator of the De la Riva guard, which has had a huge impact on BJJ.  Years ago he defeated Royler Gracie in competition, and is a true martial artist.

As you will see in this short documentary, he is an example of humility.  I met him almost 10 years ago when I was a brown belt, and I was really impressed at how he treated me and others.  Many champions know that they are champions, and they are nice to you, but they feel it is your privilege to be in the same room as them.  De la Riva is different.

This documentary by BJJ Hacks is only 11 minutes and really well done.  Before you watch something useless like a Jersey Shore rerun, watch this.

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