Wednesday, January 22, 2014


The first thing that many people think of when they hear French, is typically the Eiffel Tower followed by its snotty or stuck up inhabitants and lastly baguettes.

In all seriousness France has a long standing history in combatives that is often overlooked and usually not even known. The French became very adept in hand to hand fighting using Savate (French Kickboxing), its close cousin Defense de la Rue, and La Canne de Combate. Along with those combative exploits, they have a history of grappling that includes some of the earliest Judokas in Europe, and a Catch Wrestling history that continues to this day with Luta Livre. As we all know BJJ has crossed continents and has spread like wild fire over the past 10 years and of course it has settled throughout Europe and in France as well.

This evening, BJJ Black Belt Gregoire Etienne of Grégoire Academy in France, shows us the ins and outs of one of the most used guards in grappling. Yes, the DLR guard. The DLR system is so vast that you can develop your own style within it's structure. Gregoire starts off with detailing foot placement for a variety of techniques within the DLR system and then he quickly moves on to the DLR/Spider combo. He shows us everything from an omoplata sweep to a kneebar, compression lock and so much more. Who would have thought those silly french would be good at anything more than making wonderful baked goods.

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