ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Using Lapel Guard to Set Up the Omoplata (BJJ Tutorial)

Updated on April 1, 2016
revolutionbjj profile image

Andrew Smith is a 3rd degree BJJ black belt based out of Richmond, VA (Revolution BJJ). He runs the BJJ Tutorial Encyclopedia here.

The next step

Previously, we examined a way to set up lapel guard (and then finish the triangle choke). We'll take a quick recap on the overall objective of the triangle set up here (why to go for it and why it works), and then take a look at an extremely viable second option. Still, this only represents the tip of the iceberg with lapel and worm guard possibilities. Nevertheless, it's enough to get you started working on the position and exploring your own possibilities. Prepare yourself to enter a nasty web of possibilities from the guard, frustrating, sweeping, and ultimately submitting your opponent!

Option 1: posture control, triangle

If you need more details on how to set up the lapel guard, be sure to check out this previous lapel guard tutorial. Once you've got lapel guard set up, your next move is to try to control the collar (cross collar grip) with your left hand. If you can't grab the collar, you'll need to move on to the next option (omoplata is ideal first). However, assuming you can grab the collar and control your partner's posture, you next need to swim inside of their biceps on their right arm, breaking whatever grip they might have on your pants or jacket in the process. Once you have freed your left foot and have inside control, you can now jump over for the triangle set up. Basic triangle finishes will ensue, depending on what kind of resistance your opponent gives you. You'll need to release the lapel grip just as you jump for the triangle.

Option 2: omoplata

In this next super common option, your partner has still presented their left foot forward, enabling you to set up lapel guard as previously described. However, this time, your partner decides to posture up by avoiding the initial collar grab. Perhaps they know the triangle is coming, or maybe they just intuitively know that standing upright is better for them here. Here's your opportunity to transition. All you really need now is a cross grip on their left sleeve. If this doesn't immediately present itself, it generally will as they reach for your pants leg in order to attempt to pass (or your lapel!). Once you've secured the grip, it's just a matter of separating their arm from their body, and then opening up your hip by kicking your right leg out and around, like a helicopter kneebar. From here, you're in a pretty traditional omoplata position, ready to kick your partner forward to finish the standing sweep. Additionally, you've still got the lapel threaded through both your leg and theirs!

Bonus: finish options

Once you've kicked your partner forward, here are a couple of options that will allow you to secure a more dominant position or submission. There are more advanced leglock options, including a nasty toe hold, but the first, most basic thing to do is simply to toss the lapel aside and come up on top in a switched hip side control. Additionally, you can re-roll through for an additional omoplata attempt. Just reach back through your legs to hook their elbow, keeping the arm trapped as you roll all the way back to the omoplata position. The big difference between here and the original position is that this time, your partner is down on their knees after the roll, making the omoplata considerably easier to finish without a roll through.

Lapel guard or worm guard?

See results

Modern BJJ

Although a solid focus on fundamental jiu jitsu is heartily recommended, particularly for the first three or four years of your jiu jitsu career, it's also a great idea to have some fun with BJJ and to take a look at some modern sport BJJ positions, even if you don't have any interest in competing. These positions can give you a renewed interest in training and can make rolling even more fun, and if you do compete, lapel guard in particular, and all modern BJJ, can be a huge asset over those who aren't "hip" to today's trends. If you've enjoyed this tutorial or are able to hit any of the moves from it, please let us know!

About the author
Andrew Smith teaches gi and no-gi seminars across the country. Check out hisschedule of upcoming seminars and bio here. If you're interested in booking Andrew for a seminar, email him here.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)