Everything You Should Know About Lapel Guard: Techniques, Breakdowns & More

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The latest groundswell in technical evolution for the gi world comes in the refinement of lapel guard and its many guises. 

To be sure, variations of lapel guard have been used at the highest level of jiu-jitsu for some time (Queixinho and Cobrinha have been killing it with lapeloplatas since 2013 and earlier), but still, there is no denying that the lapel guard exploded as a mainstream system after Keenan Cornelius released his Lapel Encyclopedia. 


The Polish Wormrider, ringworm, Squid guard – words and phrases that seem to have very little to do with jiu-jitsu – have entered mainstream consciousness and come to dominate the competition scene. 

But this is not just wordplay - the lapel guard has also become a winning strategy - with athletes from all levels wielding it to their advantage. If you have any competition goals whatsoever, you cannot afford to ignore the fearsome worm. 

Hit the links below to see our favorite matches, instructionals, and interviews surrounding the lapel guard position. 

Lapel Guard Matches To Watch

Keenan Cornelius Subs Victor Honorio Via Gubber Guard

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Our Favorite Lapel Guard Technique Videos

Fix My Game With Manuel Ribamar: Modern Lapel Strategies & Core Passing Principals

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Keenan Analyzes Match With Nicholas Meregali

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White Belts, Lapels And The Berimbolo: Keenan On Teaching

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Official FloGappling Predictions: F2W 149 - Ribamar vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius has had to pull out of Fight to Win 149 due to injury. He is replaced by 2020 IBJJF European champion Manuel Ribamar. 

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Keenan Out Of Fight to Win 149, Ribamar Steps Up vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius has had to pull out of Fight to Win 149 due to injury. He is replaced by 2020 IBJJF European champion Manuel Ribamar. 

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Keenan Sending A Big Squad To Fight To Win 149, Here Are Their Names

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Fight to Win 149 was to feature Keenan Cornelius vs Gabriel Almeida in the main event. The American is out due to an injury with his back, but his team will be represented – they're taking eight representatives to compete on the event. 

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Before Keenan Competes At F2W, Check Out His Weekly Show!

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Keenan Cornelius will take to the stage at F2W 149 in Dallas, Texas, on Friday. He's matched up with Gabriel Almeida, after defeating Matheus Luna in his F2W debut last month. 

How To Watch: Fight To Win 149 - Keenan vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius will make the walk to the Fight To Win stage for the second time in his career at Fight To Win 149, where he'll meet Checkmat ace Gabriel Almeida in the main event. 

No-Gi Team Rankings, Plus Gi And No-Gi Rankings Updated!

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Between WNO, F2W, 3CG, and BJJ Stars, there has been an abundance of action in both gi and no-gi competition over the last couple of weeks. This, of course, leads to an inevitable shift in the rankings, as favorites fall and newcomers make their names knocking off established veterans. 

Controversial Call Spoils Kumite Final, Jimenez's Result Overturned

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A series of officiating errors at Third Coast Grappling's 170lbs Kumite tournament left a bad taste in the mouth of fans and competitors. 

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Official FloGrappling Predictions: Kumite V

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The highly touted Kumite series is back with its fifth installment this weekend, featuring 8 of the very best 170lb no-gi grapplers on the planet. 

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How To Watch Third Coast Grappling: KUMITE V

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Here's how to watch the 2020 Third Coast Grappling: KUMITE V on FloGrappling.

5 Takeaways From Who's Number One: Garry, Cyborg, Vagner

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Now the dust has settled from last Friday night's Who's Number One event, let's recap some of the action and see what it means for future matches.  

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