Chess on the mat seminar tour

Chess On The Mat Seminars

Chess On The Mat is a new and innovative concept in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminars designed to take you into the mind and strategies of one of the most celebrated BJJ coaches and fighters of all time, Professor Ricardo de la Riva. Rather than simply teaching random techniques, de la Riva has teamed up with his black belt protégé Marcello C. Monteiro to teach you the theories, strategies and details behind the techniques and how they work in a high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game.

De la Riva will share his exciting and dynamic BJJ positions, attacks, sweeps, chokes and submissions which have made him a legend on the mat. He will also teach his trademark Guard position, including the famous de la Riva Hooks, which have led such notable fighters as the Nogueira brothers to seek out his instruction.

In a counter for counter format, Team de la Riva standout Marcello C. Monteiro will teach the counters against his teacher`s positions, and show you how to challenge anyone`s game! He will develop the strategies to pass the de la Riva Guard and show you how to take your game to the next level. You will see first hand why Monteiro is called “the encyclopedia of positions” by Minotauro.

Not to be outdone, de la Riva will show you why he was voted one of the “top five BJJ fighters of all time” by Gracie Magazine as he continues to counter Monteiro`s positions, and like a true chess match, press the attack to victory.

De la Riva and Monteirão will give you so much more than technique; they will expand your understanding of the black belt level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game and help you be the best BJJ player you can be!

Don`t miss out on this opportunity to train first hand with a true living legend of BJJ!

Ricardo de la Riva – BJJ`s unsung hero

Ricardo de la Riva is a true pioneer in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Receiving his Black Belt from the legendary Master Carlson Gracie, Sr. de la Riva is not only a champion fighter, but also a world class coach and innovator. As a Black Belt, de la Riva is the only person to have ever defeated three Gracies in the same tournament. After taking time off to concentrate on teaching, de la Riva has recently returned to the competition mat facing such fighters as Fredson Paxiao at the Mundials and Japanese tough man Yuki Nakai. To quote de la Riva, “I am feeling good and will keep fighting.” De la Riva is still on the cutting edge of high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique.

Being in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since the early 1980`s de la Riva has seen it all. His small stature led to his innovations in the now popular Guard game, and his famous de la Riva Hooks are practiced in BJJ academies all over the world. When not traveling the world teaching his famous seminars or competing with the world`s best, de la Riva can be found in his Copacabana academy where he still trains the best in BJJ fighters. As one of the top trainers for the then famous Carlson Gracie team de la Riva worked with Murillo Bustamente, Wallid Ismail, Amuary Bittei, Mario Sperry and others. His own academy has seen such greats as the Nogueira brothers come in for training. The best fighters in the world have honed their skills under his watchful eye, and have become better for it.

De la Riva is a soft spoken gentleman with a precise and dynamic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style. Humble yet confident through years of tough training, de la Riva`s true passion is sharing his beloved art of BJJ with everyone.

Marcello C. Monteiro “Monteirao” – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

Marcello C. Monteiro, or Monteirao as he is known to his friends and students, is a true professional coach of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As a student, training partner and friend to Ricardo de la Riva for many years, Monteirao is one of the few to have earned all his belts through de la Riva directly. His years spent with de la Riva give him the extra insights and details that make him an outstanding coach.

The author of two books, Secret Positions I & II, Marcello decided to turn his love of BJJ into his career and opened his own academy in Rio where he produced many champion fighters. A strong fighter in his own right who has recently begun his professional Vale Tudo career, Monteirao moved to Indianapolis, IN to promote the de la Riva method of BJJ in the United States. Only here a few years, Marcello has already trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and No Holds Barred Champions.

In addition Monteirao has recently produced the first “Chess On The Mat”, De La Riva`s instructional DVD which features all of the positions from the inaugural seminar.

US Seminar Tour:

5/21 MIAMI SEMINAR (saturday) 12:00 pm TO 3:00 pm –

location: AMERICAN TOP TEAM – 4631 Johnson Road Suite #1 Coconut Creek, FL. 33073



Phone: 954-5542498

5/22 ORLANDO SEMINAR( sunday ) 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: 7444 Universal Blvd. Orlando, Florida 32819

INFO: William Bittencourt


phone:407 4151877

5/24 SAN FRANCISCO – OAKLAND – SEMINAR (tuesday) 7:00 pm to 10:pm

INFO: Sergio Silva


Phone: 415-7244088 or 510-5323803


INFO: Sergio Silva


Phone: 415-7244088 or 510-5323803


LOCATION: 507 26th Street North Charleston, WV 25312

INFO: Butch Hiles


Phone: 304-549-9370

5/28 INDIANAPOLIS SEMINAR (saturday ) 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

LOCATION: 24 S. Shelby St indianapolis 46202

2 miles east of Downtown Indianapolis 1 block South of Washington Street

INFO: Marcello C. Monteiro


Phone: (317) 538-5593

5/29 SHERERVILLE SEMINAR (sunday) Merriville – 12:00 to 3:00

Location: Corral’s Martial Arts

814 Cedar Parkway (AAA Plaza) Rte 41 Schererville, IN. 46303

INFO: Braulio Corral – phone: 219 6887363

5/31 WISCONSIS SEMINAR (tuesday) – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 114 Front Street Beaver Dam, WI 53916

INFO: Justin Morris


phone: 920 3190439

6/01 Wisconsin Seminar (quarta) – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 202 East Street Baraboo, WI 53913

INFO: Nic Huebing


Phone: 608-9632779

6/02 PHILADELPHIA seminar (thursday) – 7:00 to 10:00pm

Location: Tai-Kai academy 691 College Square. Newark, DE 19711

INFO: Felipe Mendes


Phone: (302) 8973423

6/04 DETROIT SEMINAR(SATURDAY) – 12:00 to 3:00pm

INFO: Chris Malgeri


Phone:586 9941844


INFO: Chris Malgeri


Phone:586 9941844

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