Keenan Cornelius

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Keenan Cornelius
Born Keenan Kai-James Cornelius
(1992-02-25) 25 February 1992 (age 26)
Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Other names Hunter of the Black Belt Hunter[1]
Cat boy
Residence San Diego, California, USA
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Division Middle-heavyweight (2012-present)
Middleweight (2011-2012)
Lightweight (2008-2011)
Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out of San Diego, California, USA
Team

Atos Jiu-Jitsu (2013-present), Team Lloyd Irvin (2011-2013),

BJ Penn's MMA(2008-2011), Cassio Werneck Jiu-Jitsu (2006-2008)
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Andre Galvao
Keenan Cornelius
Medal record
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Silver medal – second place 2015 -88kg
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Absolute
Bronze medal – third place 2013 -88kg
Silver medal – second place 2017 -88kg
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Middle-Heavy (black)[2]
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Absolute (black)[3]
Gold medal – first place 2013 Middle-Heavy (brown)[4]
Silver medal – second place 2013 Absolute (brown)[5]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Middleweight (purple)[6]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Absolute (purple)[7]
World No-Gi Championship
Gold medal – first place 2017 Middle-Heavy (black)[8]
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Absolute (black)[9]
Gold medal – first place 2014 Middle-Heavy (black)[10]
Silver medal – second place 2014 Absolute (black)[11]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Middle-Heavy (brown)[12]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Absolute (brown)[13]
Gold medal – first place 2011 Middleweight (purple)[14]
Pan-American Championship
Gold medal – first place 2015 Middle-Heavy (black)[15]
Silver medal – second place 2014 Middle-Heavy (black)[16]
Gold medal – first place 2013 Middle-Heavy (brown)[17]
Gold medal – first place 2013 Absolute (brown)[18]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Middleweight (purple)[19]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Absolute (purple)[20]
European Open Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Heavyweight (black)[21]
Gold medal – first place 2013 Middle-Heavy (brown)[22]
Gold medal – first place 2013 Absolute (brown)[23]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Middleweight (purple)[24]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Absolute (purple)[25]
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold medal – first place 2012 Middleweight (purple)[26]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Absolute (purple)[27]
Asian Open Championship (Brazilian jiu-jitsu)
Gold medal – first place 2017 Heavyweight (black)[28]
Gold medal – first place 2017 Absolute (black)[29]
Atlanta International Championship
Gold medal – first place 2012 Middle-Heavy (brown)[30]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Absolute (brown)[31]
Houston International Championship
Gold medal – first place 2012 Middle-heavy (purple)[32]
Gold medal – first place 2012 Absolute (purple)[33]
Boston International Championship
Gold medal – first place 2013 Middle-Heavy (brown)[34]
Gold medal – first place 2013 Absolute (brown)[35]
Las Vegas International Championship
Gold medal – first place 2013 Middle-Heavy (brown)[36]
Gold medal – first place 2013 Absolute (brown)[37]
San Francisco International Open
Gold medal – first place 2014 Middle-Heavy (black)[38]
Gold medal – first place 2014 Absolute (black)[39]

Keenan Kai-James Cornelius is an American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner known for his competitive achievements,[40] most notably including what has been dubbed a grand slam in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having won double gold medals at four major tournaments - the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan-American Championship, European Open Championship, and Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship - at his given belt rank

Additional career highlights[edit]

Keenan's first exposure to martial arts training began at a young age, under his step-father, martial arts teacher Tom Callos, BJ Penn's first Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor.[41] At the age of 14, he began casual grappling training with friends. Shortly thereafter, he began receiving formal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction under Cassio Werneck, then training for three years under BJ Penn, before ultimately joining with Team Lloyd Irvin. Despite his high-level victories as a purple belt and above, Keenan claims to have had a poor competitive showing early in his career, prior to his joining Team Lloyd Irvin, a move which Keenan held responsible for his later success.[42]

2012[edit]

  • On February 28, Keenan won the Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials Montreal Purple belt +74 kg absolute division.[43]
  • In April, Keenan competed in the World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Cup, winning his division (-82 kg.) and earning a bronze in the absolute division.[44]
  • On June 26, Keenan is promoted to brown belt under Lloyd Irvin.[45]

2013[edit]

  • On February 27, Keenan announced his split from Team Lloyd Irvin. A few days later, it was officially announced that he would be joining Atos Jiu-Jitsu.[46][47] After his transition to Atos, Keenan continued his run as the most accomplished brown belt in the history of the sport, winning nearly every major tournament at his weight and open class with the only exception being the 2013 IBJJF Brown Belt Absolute Division where he placed Second.[48]
  • On September 14, Keenan was promoted to black belt under André Galvão.[49]
  • On December 8, Keenan won the medium-heavy/heavyweight division of the 2nd IBJJF Pro League for the prize of $5,000 by defeating Diego Gamoral and Jackson Souza.[50]

2014[edit]

  • On March 29, 2014, Keenan was scheduled to face Vinny Magalhaes in Metamoris III. However, Vinny was forced to withdraw before the match, being hospitalized with a MRSA infection. He was replaced by Rickson black belt Kevin Casey. The match ended as a win for Keenan, using 50/50 guard and getting a submission with an inside heel hook.[51]
  • In April, Keenan competed in the 2014 Abu Dhabi BJJ World Pro Championship, winning bronze in the black belt adult 94 kg division.[52]
  • On August 9, 2014, Keenan competed against Vinny Magalhaes at Metamoris IV. The match ended in a draw.
  • On November 22, 2014, Keenan competed against Yuri Simoes at Metamoris V. The match ended in a draw.

2015[edit]

  • On January 10, 2015, Keenan competed against Dean Lister at Polaris Pro. He won the match with a reverse triangle choke from back control.

Works[edit]

In 2013, Keenan published a 5-part DVD set highlighting concepts signature to his highly-modern competition style.[53]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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