The Lapel Choke with Keith Owen Never Look at a Lapel the Same Again!

Keith Owen is the first to admit that his jiu-jitsu is best known for self-defense. A Pedro Sauer Black Belt, Owen’s style and instructional focus stays true to the Helio Gracie lineage that defines the training philosophy of the Pedro Sauer Association. Like most of Sauer’s black belts, however, Owen’s technical knowledge goes far beyond the classic self-defense curriculum and incorporates a variety of sport innovations as well.

Owen loves the lapel choke and has devised ways to make this classic sport technique more efficient and more effective with unique setups and pinpoint details for execution. With the advancement of positions like the lapel guard and worm guard, Owen’s instruction is a reminder that jiu-jiteiros have been leveraging the power of the lapel for years and that you shouldn’t underestimate the grizzled veterans of the sport. Instructors like Owen might say he puts self-defense first, but his bag of tricks runs deep.

Find out more about many of the moves Keith demonstrates here on his Lights Out Volume II DVD or at at




Mike Velez is the Editor and Publisher of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine. He has been training since 2009 and is a brown belt under Rafael Oliveira of Gracie Barra in Chino, CA. You can contact Mike at

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