Do You Feel Vulnerable When Trying To Set Up Your Lapel Entanglements?

Here’s the thing, at this stage, you’ve probably played around with lapel guards or at the very least got a taste of what it feels like to be on the receiving end of worm guard, reverse de la worm, and so on. You’re smart and know that lapel guards are evolving and you want to evolve with them because who wants to get left behind right?

The Setup Is Everything.

Just because you have a lapel end in your hand doesn’t mean you’ll stop your opponent from destroying your guard and brutally cross choking you from mount. The lapel is only as sharp as your mind allows it to be. With that being said… we present to you Andris’ take on his favorite lapel guards and submissions.

Meet Your Instructor, Andris Brunovskis.

Through this course, you will learn from someone who’s been closely watching Keenan’s lapel guard evolution from the very beginning. Andris (born in Latvia and forged on American mats) has been exposed to the worm light from the early days of its existence by training with worm lord Mr. Cornelius, since then, Andris molded it to his own unique game and he’s here to show all of his favorite techniques including two other lapel works of art you might not be familiar with…

Canero Guard & The Latvian Handcuff.

Canero guard is pretty much your lapel shark biting around your opponent’s ankle. Andris will show you how to incorporate the canero guard with other more common guards and how to do damage from there.

The Latvian handcuff, in short, is Andris’ way of forcing his opponents to fight him with only one hand while the trapped hand is at risk of getting wrist locked. Triangle and omoplata submissions included.

Lapelapalooza Breakdown.

Once you’re in these lapel systems, you can take your time. It’s all about establishing the position and Andris explains this concept very well throughout this experience. Lapelapalooza contains 8 chapters. As you work your way through, the Latvian sniper will take you on a journey starting from the very white belt mode to pro-level lapel player.

Chapter 1: Traditional Worm
Chapter 2: De La Worm X
Chapter 3: Reverse De La Worm
Chapter 4: Belt Worm
Chapter 5: Single Leg X Worm
⚡Chapter 6: Canero Guard⚡
⚡Chapter 7: Latvian Handcuff⚡
Chapter 8: Lapel Lasso

Not sure where to begin? Follow this course’s flowchart HERE.

Target Audience

  • Lapel guard enthusiasts
  • Those who want to lock their opponents' into the tightest of guards
  • For those that want the most exclusive and newest lapel guard details

Topics for this course

69 Lessons

Introduction To Lapelapalooza

Traditional Worm

De La Worm X

Reverse De La Worm

Belt Worm

Single Leg X Worm

Canero Guard

Latvian Handcuff

Lapel Lasso



About the instructors

Who is Andris Brunovskis?

Jiu Jitsu appeared in Brunovskis’ life when he was 16 years old while living in Cleveland, Ohio. His first coach was Darren Branch at Evolution Jiu Jitsu, which later became an affiliate of Gracie Humaitá. Andris became fascinated by grappling even at an early age, and the sport was an important part of his life almost from the get-go.

As a young adult, Andris moved away from his hometown and family to Sacramento. Where he trained at world champion Cassio Werneck‘s academy. He often split up his time between Cleveland and Sacramento, to spend more time with his family.


While Adris was competing in Ohio, he was scouted by Lloyd Irvin. Lloyd recognized the talent and potential in him, and offered Andris something a young athlete couldn't refuse. Lloyd offered him the chance to train full time for his team, with all expenses paid for. Of course, young Brunovskis accepted. He would also later be the main reason why Keenan Cornelius decided to join Irvin’s Maryland based team.


Andris thrived in the competitive environment at TLI. Being around like minded individuals who lived and breathed jiujitsu 24/7 was a great experience for him. Through that time, Andris went through an impressive competition period. Sadly, it was short lived. 


After the Lloyd Irvin scandal came to light in 2013, the competition team split up, leaving Andris in a precarious situation. He no longer had the financial means to train full time and no fixed team. Brunovskis had to take one step back in order to re-group. He returned to his grappling career in 2014 with the Atos Jiu Jitsu academy, where he met many of his former teammates. In September 2014 Andris Brunovskis was awarded his black belt by his new instructor, André Galvão.


Andris’ current focus is on teaching, which he carries out of Legion AJJ in San Diego. In the past couple years, he has found a passion for teaching, and the improvement/successes of his students. His attention to details and exquisite technique has already aided so many jiujitsu practitioners in bettering their game.

What is Adris’s Background?

Andris Brunovskis was born on the 8th of August, 1990. Both of Andris’ parents are Latvian, though Brunovskis was born in the United States. 

Random Fact About Andris


Andris is commonly known as the “Latvian Sniper” because of his largely submission oriented style. He is also arguably just as competitive about board games as he is jiujitsu.

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Andris has a smooth teaching style and is thorough and easy to follow in his instruction. His 'thumbs up' game is at another level.

I`ve barely scratched the surface of the Lapel Encyclopedia and bought this mostly because of Andris.
With this course Andris proves again he`s a great instructor. Some great techniques to be found here and even as a beginner it`s easy to follow along and learn.

Like many of us on JJX, I`m a big fan of everything Keenan, especially the Lapel Encyclopedia. I`ve seen a few of Andris`s videos on Keenan Online, and have heard Keenan expressed great things about Andris during interviews on Andris`s teaching style. Lapelapalooza was my first insight into Andris. And dare I say it - I would put Andris on the Mount Rushmore of Modern BJJ Instructions alongside with Danaher, Keenan, and Ryan Hall. Andris is great in communicating details, and he is really creative on his take on the Lapel Guard. For example, in RDLW, I`ve had the hardest time figuring out how to elevating my knee above the opponent`s knee. After watching Andris`s segments on these topics, I can more easily accomplish this. Lapelapalooza is a great complimentary to Lapel Encyclopedia. Even if you haven`t seen Lapel Encyclopedia, Lapelapalooza is also a great concise standalone intro to the Lapel Guard. Andris is el hombre!

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What Will I Learn?

  • Lapel Guard Set Ups Including Traditional Worm, De La X Worm, Reverse De La Worm, Belt Worm, Single Leg X Worm, Canero Guard, Latvian Handcuff AndLapel Lasso.
  • Sweeping Your Opponents From Lapel Guard
  • Submission Set Ups From Lapel Guard

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