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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.
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.
Marcus “Buchecha” Almedia and Bernardo Faria clashed in the 2013 IBJJF Worlds black belt open class semi-final and had arguably the most exciting fight of the competition.
Both Buchecha and Faria won their divisions that year and Buchecha went on to claim the absolute title as well.
This is arguably one of the greatest match in BJJ worlds History.
This epic battle happened in the qualifying arounds of the Absolute division in the 2012 IBJJF World Champions between Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida and Rodolfo Vieira.
Both Buchecha and Vieira won their divisions that year. This could easily have been the final if they hadn’t met in the earlier rounds and Buchecha went on the win the Gold in the absolute division,
With a simple sweep, you can instantly turn a bad situation in your favor, like this… just when your opponent is about to rip through your guard and move in for a submission, you sweep him and gain dominant control. In seconds – thanks to the sweep – the submission becomes yours for the taking.
But just a few killer sweeps easily transform your guard into an OFFENSIVE game that lets YOU dominate and attack.
This is a simple sweep from guard you can use at any level. The “tripod” sweep gives you a nasty weapon you can catch over and over again on a standing opponent: (Get Lovato’s New Sweeps and Passing Series)
This is another great guard sweep to use against a standing opponent. This sweep utilizes both legs and traps an opponents arms and legs in a web of control that is hard to beat. (This is the EXACT sweep Rafael catches at 23 seconds in the highlight video above)
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