The Lapel Guard game and system still comes under fire in the BJJ community as some practitioners claim it to be “too fancy” and “impractical”.
But the truth is, that this lapel guard system is used at the elite level of competition, as demonstrated by such champions as Keenan Cornelius, Miyao brothers, Queixinho and also BJJ world champion Kauan Barbosa who have all been seen to leverage the use of lapel guards in their own games.
So what is it that makes the lapel guard so effective?
What makes the lapel guard the biggest equalizer in BJJ?
Well, it all comes down to control. Specifically, the high-level degree of control the lapel guard provides compared to other more traditional grips.
In this video, Kauan Barbosa shows a very effective lapel guard back atked taken from his instructional Modern Lapel Guards made easy.
Kauan Barboza is here to pull back the curtain on the Modern Lapel game.
- Learn to use Lapel from positions you already know, like closed guard!
- Cover entries into the Lapel Guard from De La Riva, Spider, and closed guard.