Guest post by Evolve MMA, Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts. It has the most number of World Champions on the planet. Named as the #1 ranked martial arts organization in Asia by CNN, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, Evolve MMA is the top rated BJJ gym in Singapore.
Jiu-Jitsu techniques have no end. There are always new and innovative ways to control and submit your opponents, especially when training in the Gi where the Gi becomes a weapon. There is a famous saying, your Gi is my Weapon, my Gi is my armor…
Many top grapplers such as Keenan Cornelius or Braulio Estima with the lapel cradle are innovators when it comes to the intricacies of the lapel.
So what is it that makes using the lapel so effective? What makes it a bit equalizer in BJJ?
It’s a question of control. You can level out the game between you and more experienced opponent, if you use their lapel as your weapon.
A great way to start with using the lapel is from the closed guard.
In this video, BJJ Champion Fabio Da Mata from the Evolve Fight Team demonstrates 3 lapel chokes from full guard. Anybody can use these techniques, even white belts.