Lapel guard is a relatively new guard position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that has gained popularity in recent years. The position involves controlling and manipulating the lapel of an opponent’s gi in order to create openings for sweeps, submissions, and other attacks.
To set up the lapel guard, a BJJ practitioner will typically grab and control the opponent’s lapel with one hand while using the other hand to control the sleeve or collar. This allows them to establish a strong grip and control the distance between themselves and their opponent.
Once in the lapel guard position, the BJJ practitioner can use a variety of techniques to attack their opponent. One common strategy is to use the lapel grip to create leverage and off-balance the opponent, setting up sweeps and takedowns. Another common attack is to use the lapel grip to set up chokes and joint locks, taking advantage of the opponent’s restricted movement and limited ability to defend.
Lapel guard is particularly effective against opponents who are larger or stronger, as it allows the BJJ practitioner to neutralize their opponent’s advantages and create openings for attacks. It is also a versatile position that can be used in both gi and no-gi grappling, making it a valuable addition to any BJJ practitioner’s arsenal.
However, like any BJJ technique, lapel guard requires a significant amount of skill and practice to master. Practitioners must have a strong understanding of timing, leverage, and body mechanics in order to effectively control and attack from the position.
Despite its relative newness, lapel guard has already made a significant impact in the world of BJJ, with many top-level competitors incorporating the position into their game. It is a testament to the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of the sport, and a reminder that there is always something new to learn and explore in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
By Professor Andre Galvao