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Lapel Guard with Keenan Cornelius

The lapel guard or galaxy guard has become a common sight in the Jiu Jitsu competition scene with superstars like Braulio Estima, Cobrinha, and Keenan Cornelius regularly utilizing it.

Whether you like to use the lapel guard or not, it’s a good idea to understand the mechanics of it so you can avoid it or use it to escape a tricky situation.

These video’s from Keenan Cornelius will provide a solid introduction to the Lapel Guard and how to use it effectively in training or competition.

Lapel Guard Introduction

Lapel Guard Series

Lapel Guard Breakdown

Jiu Jitsu World Champion Lucas Leite Shows You this slick Roll Variation of hid Dogfight Sweep from Half Guard


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Jiu Jitsu World Champion Lucas Leite Shows You his Dogfight Sweep

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Jiu Jitsu World Champion Bernardo Faria Shows You the Right Way to Pull Half Guard from the Knees


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Shut Down The Knee Cut Pass with Jiu Jitsu World Champion Bernardo Faria


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World Champion Rodolfo Vieira Cool Head and Arm Choke From Half Guard…


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Really slick jiu jitsu open guard pass from World Champion Rodolfo Vieira

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 *NEW* Cross Collar Killer Technique Video #1:  Grip Setup From Guard


 *NEW* Cross Collar Killer Technique Video #2:  Tighten Your Omoplata


Special Message from Rafael Lovato Jr… 

I am super excited to share with you a NEW and SIMPLE highly effective guard grip and submission game that is working WONDERS for me and my students right now.

I just finished filming a full “cross collar killer” instructional and I have a brand new free preview video that breaks down the basic idea behind how and why this works so well…

In these NEW technique videos I show you how and why a simple tweak to my grips from the guard allowed me to SKYROCKET the submissions I catch with very little change to my game and how YOU can start using it.

Top three reasons my new Cross Guard Killer works so well:

#1. It allows you to control the power hand and shut down your opponents guard passing

#2. This grip sets up your attack the weak side of your opponent skyrocketing submissions

#3. It allows you a powerful defense with a built in frame and guard pass protection

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There is one incredibly unique thing about Kron Gracies Jiu Jitsu.

It is completely different from other high-level Jiu Jitsu competitors. Yet it no one has more subs while losing on points than Kron Gracie, not to mention he doesn’t play any definable guard.

His guard is incredibly basic. He actually refuses to play 50/50 De La Riva, etc. even when competitors put him in these positions.

Unfortunately, for his opposition, his guard is incredibly unhealthy for limbs and necks. Watch this video from Bishop BJJ to see what I mean.

The Curious Case Of Kron Gracie

Over the past few years, the lapel guard variations have become a big part of the modern Jiu Jitsu guard game.

In this video, four-time world champion Gui Mendes shows some attacks from a De La Riva Lapel X-Guard.

Gui Mendes | De La Riva X-Guard Lapel Variations

Guilherme Mendes is arguably one of the best Guard passes of his generation. This short highlight shows Gui Mendes incredible pressure passing game.

Check out these awesome techniques from a recent Gui Mendes seminar in Japan. This short video Gui Mendes covers some essential top game concepts and a sneaky Triangle from the Knee Slide guard pass.

Leandro Lo is one of the best competitors on the Jiu Jitsu scene today. He is a multiple time World, Pan Am, and Abu Dhabi Pro champion and is known for his aggressive style of passing and playing guard.

These two video’s by Espen Mathiesen break down Leandro’s current style of guard and the variations of attacks he uses.

Leandro Lo Guard Study Part 1: Collar Grip Guard

Leandro Lo Guard Study Part 2: De La Riva Guard

Triangle Set Up from Closed Guard by Draculino

This is a high percentage triangle set up from closed guard when you’re opponent has good posture and the correct arm positioning.

The video also covers how to solidify the position if you can’t fully lock the triangle from the start.

Are you struggling to keep your guard? These seven drills from BJJ Black Belt, Roberto Atalla could be the answer to your problems.

Here are the drills included in this video:

1. Guard Pummeling
2. Guard recovery using Hips
3. Guard recovery from North/South
4. Guard recovery using Shoulders
5. Armbar from guard drill
6. Open guard Triangle drill
7. Open guard Omoplata drill

One fundamental truth about Jiu Jitsu is this…

Guard Recovery

By keeping your opponent behind your guard, you’re something like 90% LESS likely to get submitted.

Become more CONFIDENT in your Jiu Jitsu guard game with these Guard Recovery techniques from World Champion Rafael Lovato Jr.

Having confidence in your guard game can give you the ability to go for more sweeps and submissions in your rolling sessions. As with all Jiu Jitsu there is a huge amount of skill you can develop in your ability to recover the guard when the going gets tough. In these videos, Rafael Lovato Jr breaks down some of his most effective Guard Recovery and Retention strategies and techniques.

Guard Recovery

Guard Recovery Technique #1: How to recover the outside leg when someone is trying to pass your guard.

Outside Leg Recovery – This go-to move protects your most vulnerable targets (your head and hips) while erecting multiple barriers against the pass… Easily shuts down one of the most common guard passes whether your opponent is on his feet or knees  (Get Lovato’s Full Guard Recovery Instructional Series With Free Instant Access)

Guard Recovery Technique #2: How to invert and roll to keep your guard when the going gets tough:

Invert Roll – Your “Plan B” guard recovery if your opponent pins your knees when attempting to pass your guard. This easy to use roll gets you out of a bind where most people just surrender to their opponents attacks. (Get Lovato’s Full Guard Recovery Instructional Series With Free Instant Access)


Guard Recovery Technique #3: How to turtle and defend by sitting back to your guard the right way

Ball Game – How to stay protected and get your guard back even when all hope seems lost. Genius arm positioning that kills aggressive back-takes and side control attempts. Plus 3 end games that bring you back into a safe position (Get Lovato’s Full Guard Recovery Instructional Series With Free Instant Access) It is important that you use and drill these positions so that you can create a more developed ability to recover your guard when someone is really trying to pass. Once you add these weapons to your game you will have more tools to enhance your ability as a Jiu Jitsu fighter.

Watch Guard Recovery in Competition (Rafael using these moves in Curitiba Open Tournament in Brazil)

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Plenty of BJJ videos teach guard techniques. The Guard Retention Series is different. In this series of 19 BJJ instructional videos, Rafael Lovato Jr. elevates the defensive power of your guard to a whole new level.

How? By exposing his best-kept secrets on how to stop opponents who are in the process of passing your guard.

In this full guard retention video dossier, you’ll discover guard passing defenses, counters and guard recovery techniques, so you can retain the protection of your guard from even the most relentless guard passers you’ll face in training and competition.

  • Shut down the most common passes with surprising ease and simplicity

  • Unleash a chain of defenses against fast, athletic and highly technical guard passers

  • Force your opponent to struggle, strain and even second-guess his or her guard passing abilities

…All without the flexibility required by those fancy inverted guards you see out there. This stuff works with basic movements, efficiency and leverage you can immediately inject into your jiu-jitsu today.

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