Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 9 - Leg Squeeze Half Guard Pass

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 9 - Leg Squeeze Half Guard Pass

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Rico teaches how to shut down your opponent's half guard by using your hands to post on their armpit and shoulder to create distance and keep them from transitioning into the deep half. He then teaches how to break the half guard using the leg squeeze pass which is like a giant hug around both legs combined with a sprawl to force your opponent's legs open for the guard pass.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 8 - Torreada Pass with Two Hands on One Leg

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 8 - Torreada Pass with Two Hands on One Leg

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Rico explains the concept of passing with the torreada pass and continues to explain how to pass with the two on one grip where both hands are dominating one leg to immobilize your opponent's hips. He goes into great detail about how to deal with each scenario and the right mindset on how to set up a successful two on one torreada pass.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 7 - Three Levels of Open Guard Passing Concepts

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 7 - Three Levels of Open Guard Passing Concepts

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Rico covers three levels of guard passing drills and goes into detail about the concepts of what makes an effective guard passing strategy.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 6 - Black Belt Champ Techniques, Z Guard Knee Shield to Rollover Sweep or Omoplata and Butterfly Guard Concepts and Options

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 6 - Black Belt Champ Techniques, Z Guard Knee Shield to Rollover Sweep or Omoplata and Butterfly Guard Concepts and Options

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Rico explains how to control the distance and attack your opponent from the z guard or half guard knee shield position with the rollover sweep or omoplata. Afterwards he explains that he switches between the knee shield, spider guard, butterfly guard, and classic open depending on the distance as well as whether his opponent is standing or on their knees. If your opponent is on both knees, a half spider or butterfly guard may make more sense while a classic open, spider guard, or de la riva guard will work more effectively against a standing opponent.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 5 - Brown Belt Champ Techniques, Classic Open Guard to Triangle, Omoplata, or Tripod Sweep Combo

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 5 - Brown Belt Champ Techniques, Classic Open Guard to Triangle, Omoplata, or Tripod Sweep Combo

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Rico recalls the techniques that helped him win his 2 brown belt world titles. He explains that as your opponent gets more advanced, they will often break a grip and not let you control both sleeves to play a traditional spider guard. In this case, use the cross lapel and work a modified classic open guard to attack with the triangle, omoplata, or the tripod sweep.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 4 - Purple Belt Champ Techniques, Spider Guard Scissor Sweep or Omoplata Combo

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 4 - Purple Belt Champ Techniques, Spider Guard Scissor Sweep or Omoplata Combo

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Rico teaches his favorite combinations that he used to win many of his matches to become the purple belt world champ. Rico began to encounter people who would sit back on their knees to keep their hips low to the ground. As it is very difficult to get underneath your opponent when they are on their knees, he began using the scissor sweep and omoplata combination to attack his opponents from the spider guard. The strength of this combination comes from the action reaction principle of jiu jitsu. If your opponent leans back, sweep them with the scissor guard. As they push forward to defend against the sweep, transition into the omoplata, using your opponent's momentum against them to strengthen your next attack.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 3 - Blue Belt Champ Techniques, De la Riva to Helicopter Sweep and Spider Guard to Triangle or Reverse Tripod Sweep Combo

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 3 - Blue Belt Champ Techniques, De la Riva to Helicopter Sweep and Spider Guard to Triangle or Reverse Tripod Sweep Combo

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Rico recalls his favorite sweeps and submission that he used as a blue belt to win the world championships. He explains that he used a lot of de la riva and spider guard at the blue belt level because a lot of blue belts haven't developed the base to neutralize these guards. He used the de la riva helicopter sweep and the spider guard to triangle or reverse tripod sweep a lot of his opponents and used the triangle technique shown here to win his first world title at blue belt.

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 2 - The Essence of Jiu Jitsu, Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Rico Vieira Competition Techniques 2 - The Essence of Jiu Jitsu, Never Give Up on Your Dreams

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Rico shares his story of how jiu jitsu changed his life when he decided to become the best in jiu jitsu to escape his financial troubles. Rico's father was very concerned for his son's future because he did not perform well in school and spent time in the favelas after school. Rico had a life changing talk with his father who recommended that he devote 100% effort into something to build a future for himself because they would not be able to provide a future for him. Rico resolved to carve a path for his future with his talents in jiu jitsu and recalls a book that taught him to "never give up on his dreams" that fueled his passion and determination along the way. He holds the belief in his heart and shares with all of his students to never give up on their dreams to this day.

Rico Vieira's Competition Techniques 1 - Rico's Path to a World Title

Rico Vieira's Competition Techniques 1 - Rico's Path to a World Title

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Rico Vieira is a 9 time world champion, having won the world title from blue belt all the way to his black belt world title in 2001. He is the founder of one of the largest jiu jitsu teams on the scene, Checkmat, along with his brothers Leo and Leandro. In this first part of the interview we learn what it was like for Rico to train with Jacare and that he felt a lot of pressure to perform well in jiu jitsu from an early age.

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