Keenan Cornelius has introduced great many innovations into bjj – especially gi bjj. His wormguard offers some techniques that really haven’t been reinvented – they are sort of new. This lead Cornelius to issue an extensive encyclopedia of the move and address what he considers the worst impediment to this guard – a limp lapel?! The Wormguard made its debut in 2013. Since then the sequence has been improved upon first in 2015 and now in a significant way.
For Keenan the guard comes down to the Lapel – figuring out how it helps control the other guy. BJJ is all about control hence why this guard comes in handy.
Here’s where pushing on a sleeve won’t help you, pulling and extending will provide you the leverage to extend someone but pushing will seldom give you results you could capitalize on.
Lapel is unique, in Keenan’s mind, because grabbing on it will make someone’s body rotate. Now this is really important.
Why? Well if you’ve ever tried to pass or had someone try to pass your guard to your bad side it’s quite difficult. Most people have difficulty. This is why controlling someone via lapel can be very beneficial.
Lapel controls the diagonal.
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