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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Buchecha, Galvao, & Romulo Speak On Mindful Drilling

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Jonnatas Gracie's Remarkable Purple Belt Absolute Run

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Gordon Ryan and Nick Rodriguez both called in for the Ep. 32 of The WNO Podcast. In true New Jersey fashion, they didn't hold back when discussing their rivals on the show. Here are some of the highlights. 

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