Ricardo Vieira is one of the founders of Checkmat along with his brother Leo Vieira. Also known as "Rico", Vieira has his headquarters in Rio de Janeiro near Copacabana beach - his gym is literally a few blocks from the water which makes training that more pleasurable since you can go for a dip after class.
Rico is famous for having a very versatile open guard and many of his students pride themselves on using this position often. The reverse de la riva is especially useful when your opponent is a speed-passer and you don't have much time to properly re-guard, so the reverse de la riva gives you a chance to grab on what little you can and reverse the situation - give you an offence. Below are two simple yet effective variations that Rico likes to use, demonstrating on his student, and top world competitor, Jackson Sousa.
Abu Dhabi World Pro 2018 Results
After an action-packed week of matches at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, another season of UAEJJF competition is concluded. In a specia...
10th Anniversary Edition of the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship
This year, the UAEJJF's Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship celebrates an important milestone; its 10th anniversary editi...
Felipe Preguiça Eagerly Seeks His First World Title
Photos Eduardo Ferreira and ACBJJAt 26, Felipe Pena "Preguiça" has already won the top jiu-jitsu titles, with the exception of the IBJJF ...
Roots Run Deep: BJ Penn & His Jiu-Jitsu
When people today think of some of the most successful martial artists of our time, it’s very difficult to not throw BJ Penn on that list...