How to Get Out of a Double Lapel Grab in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Learn how to get out of a double lapel grab from Alliance MMA black belt Babs Olusanmokun in this Howcast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu video.


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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art designed to teach practitioners how to successfully defend themselves -- even if their opponent is much bigger and stronger. In these videos, Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Babs Olusanmokun demonstrates the moves needed to master this effective self-defense system.




Double lapel grab defense. The guy grabs me here, and his hands are tied up. I'm going to bring one hand through, elbow in the face, and my hand keeps traveling around his neck. Now look. I put one leg here, and the other leg on the same line as the first leg. Both my legs are encompassed by his. Notice that my legs are between his. They are on the same line. I cannot do this like this. No wide base; both legs are below or under me. When I come back up, the opponent is on my lower back. I throw him to the side. And that is how you defend a double lapel grab.


  • Babs Olusanmokun

    Born in Lagos, Nigeria, actor and martial arts expert Babs Olusanmokun is a 2nd-degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Fabio Clemente. He has won numerous Pan American Black Belt Master competitions, earning two gold medals. Babs has taught at two dojos -- The Alliance Jiu Jitsu NYC, his home dojo, and the Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu dojo in California. He also taught at the MMA gym PKG in Los Angeles.