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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BATTLES: KEENAN X HAGE. WE'RE SURE THE GRANDMASTER WOULD APPROVE OF THIS PERFORMANCE.


If you train Jiu Jitsu or claim to love the art/sport, there's no way you can find the match remotely boring.  In fact, I'd dare say this truly is about as pure, playful and orthodox (in terms of the use of as leverage as taught by Helio G) as the arte suave can be.

By now, if you are paying attention, you know that Keenan Cornelius is a former Team Lloyd Irvin protege, who's risen to black belt superstardom in a matterof a few short years.  And, he's done that by crushing the top contenders at the highest levels (Worlds, Pans, and everything else).  Magid Hage (the Fourth, apparently) rose up himself in a big way not less than a year ago by baseball bat choking the crap out of some very notable contenders (i.e., Clark Gracie and Zak Maxwell) at the San Diego World Pro Trials (January, 2013).

These two clashed at the 2014 WPJJC Trials (again in San Diego) black belt final this past weekend.  What you're about to see, in my opinion, is some of the very best guard play at work from Keenan.  The slow burn is grinding, yet methodical, and it makes the final 3 seconds of the match all the more amazing.  This is Jiu Jitsu.  You should love this sh*t.

2 comments:

  1. Great match! I like that strange lapel spider guard keenan seemed to be playing all tournament. Just out of curiosity, why would you refer to keenan by his first name and magid by his last?

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    1. Good question. I refer to athletes in the grappling world by their first names if they are well known by those names. I think Keenan is. Hage is not.

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