Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Keenan Cornelius is a Hawaii born, famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor who gathered a tremendous fan base world wide since his lower belt grappling campaigns, where he won the “Jiu Jitsu Grand Slam”, being regarded as the most accomplished brown belt of all time. The talented fighter received his black belt from André Galvão on September 2013 though he started his career as a grappler training under BJ Penn and Lloyd Irvin.

Keenan Cornelius Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Keenan Kai-James Cornelius

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Keenan Cornelius

Main Achievements:

  • World Jiu Jitsu Champion (2013 brown, 2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • World No Gi Champion (2014 black, 2012 brown weight & absolute, 2011)
  • IBJJF Pro League Champion (2014)
  • Five Grappling ‘Round Robin’ Champion (2013)
  • BJJ Kumite Champion – Gi and No Gi (2012 brown)
  • Pan American Champion (2015, 2014 black, 2013 brown weight & absolute, 2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • European Open Champion (2013 brown weight & absolute, 2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • ADCC Bronze Medallist (2013 weight & absolute)

Favourite Position/Technique:

Weight Division: 88kg/194lbs

Team/Association: Atos

Keenan Cornelius Biography

Keenan Cornelius was born in Hawaii on the 25th of February, 1992. Keenan’s father, Tom Callos was a 6th degree Tae Kwon Do black belt who started teaching Cornelius the Korean striking art when he was just 4 years old, though his son was not interested in martial arts at that age and stopped training early on. He found Jiu Jitsu at the age of 14, again through his father. His dad was a big fan of mixed martial arts and had some basic grappling concepts, in fact, it was Mr Callos who introduced BJ Penn to BJJ a long time before Keenan ever got involved in the sport. Keenan’s father was a blue belt at the time and opened a small gym for his son to train with his friends once or twice per week, the kids (all big fans of the UFC) used the space more as an open mat as most of them had some wrestling experience from school. He was graded by Carlos Valente to green belt as Mr Valente passed by Keenan’s town to give a seminar and assessed his skill level as above white belt.

By the age of 15, Keenan started getting more interested in Jiu Jitsu and chose to visit a gym where Cassio Werneck coached. He enjoyed the classes but couldn’t deal with the commute every day, so only visited the academy two or three times per month. At Werneck’s gym, Cornelius met Andris Brunovskis, a kid (at the time) who would push young Keenan to further develop his skills.

When in his mid teens, Cornelius’ father took him for a weekend of training at the BJ Penn academy in Hilo. There he spent time with BJ (one of Keenan’s idols at the time) and his brother, Cornelius liked it so much he decided to enroll in a college in Hilo so he could train every day at the Penn’s gym.

Although Keenan did train for two years at the BJ Penn academy, these were times when BJ was still a very active competitor in the UFC and often wondered the country in training camps and other fighting related activities, which meant the gym didn’t have a full time black belt as a coach and on top of that, wasn’t very gi orientated. Keenan had a ton of talent and earned his purple belt under BJ after a silver medal at an important NAGA event. However, months later in a conversation with his friend Andris Brunovskis, he found out about Lloyd Irvin and his camp, where Brunovskis was now training. Andris spoke such good things about “Master” Lloyd’s training camp, Keenan became convinced this was the place for him, and so he left BJ Penn and started training with Irvin in Maryland.

At Lloyd Irvin’s academy, Keenan Cornelius’ raw talent flourished into one of the most talented fighters of his generation winning all major competitions on the IBJJF roster, back to back as a purple belt and a brown belt. Keenan’s career picked up quickly and he became somewhat of a celebrity among BJJ enthusiasts in the United States who saw Cornelius as the big US hope for a future shot at an absolute world title in the black belt division.

On 2013, after two of Lloyd Irvin’s students were accused of raping a fellow team mate of Lloyd Irvin’s academy in a barbaric affair, Lloyd Irvin himself came under scrutiny, when it was made public that Irvin to had been accused of gang rape in a case that dated back to 1990. In a continuation of the shocking case that came to light on January 2013, early in March of the same year a fellow team mate of Keenan named Jordon Shultz, revealed that one of the female students at TLI had come to him explaining how Lloyd Irvin tried to sexually molest her. The continuous stream of negative information surrounding TLI led a few of the main competitors of the team to abandon the organization, Keenan included.

Keenan moved on to the Atos team camp led by André Galvão who accepted the grappling prodigy with open arms. A few months later on September the 14th, 2013, Galvão awarded Cornelius his black belt.

Banner picture by Gracie Mag.

Keenan Cornelius Grappling Record

86 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    29 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    48 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

48 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
19
9
#86e620
Choke from back
19
9
#5AD3D1
Armbar
15
7
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
6
3
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
6
3
#f58822
Heel Hook
6
3
#224aba
Omoplata
4
2
#ff9124
Darce choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
RNC
2
1
#22c9a5
Inverted armbar
2
1
#fad223
North South choke
2
1
#03861f
Kneebar
2
1
#039a1f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Submission
2
1
#03c61f
Baratoplata
2
1
#03d61f
Omoplata choke
2
1
#03f61f
50/50 Armbar
2
1
#82ff5f
Verbal tap
2
1
48
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (71%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Keenan Cornelius Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4765Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4808Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsADCCABSSF2013
5011Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2014
5309Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5311Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5339Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPointsWorld Pro.94KGSF2014
5387Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 10x4World Champ.ABSSF2014
5486Diogo GamonalLDQWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5654Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsABSF2014
5749Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
6295Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6631Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2015
6694Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProABSSF2015
6696Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
6817Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroDN/AMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
6875Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS1/4F2015
6979Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2015
7377Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
8734Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSF2016
8794Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS1/4F2016
9256Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGSF2016
9322Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2016
4161Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4254Magid HageWArmbarWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4255Morris AyalaWChoke from backWC Pro Trials85KGRR2013
4256Elliot KellyWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSSF2013
4257Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChoke from backWC Pro TrialsABSF2013
4752Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 4x2ADCC88KGR12013
4760Oskar PiechotaWDarce chokeADCC88KG1/4F2013
4766Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWVerbal tapADCC88KG3PLC2013
4799Erza LennonWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
4805Oskar PiechotaWPts: 8x0ADCCABS1/4F2013
4810Dean ListerDean ListerWPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
4879Diego GamonalWTriangle armbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
4881Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
4918Beneil DariushWHeel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4920Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4921James PuopoloJames PuopoloWRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4923Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 14x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4982Kevin CaseyWHeel hookMetamoris 3ABSSPF2014
4995UnknownWArm in EzekielPan AmericanABSR22014
5003Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5073Sadayoshi KurimoriWChoke from backPan American88KGR12014
5082Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KG1/4F2014
5083Rodrigo PimpolhoWTriangle armbarPan American88KGSF2014
5149Stephen MartinezWArm in ezekielFIVE Cali. 1ABS1/4F2014
5151Lance GlynnWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5153Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5295R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5308Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5337Leonardo MacielWOmoplataWorld Pro.94KGR12014
5338Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG1/4F2014
5359Carlos EduardoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12014
5378Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5383Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2014
5485Maciel TrindadeWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5531Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesD---Metamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5561Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWTriangleSF OpenABSF2014
5596UnknownWInverted armbarAmerican Nat.88KG1/4F2014
5597Ignacio NetoWArmbarAmerican Nat.88KGSF2014
5599Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat.88KGF2014
5645Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5650James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5652Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 23x2No Gi WorldsABSSF2014
5678Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWNorth South chokeNo Gi Worlds88KGR12014
5680Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2014
5684Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2014
5686Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWDarce chokeNo Gi Worlds88KGF2014
5726Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 12x0IBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
5728Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
5839Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
5945Dean ListerDean ListerWInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
6282Elliot KellyWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22015
6287Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR32015
6379Jared LawtonWTrianglePan American88KGR22015
6384Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2Pan American88KG1/4F2015
6388Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan American88KGSF2015
6482Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 12x2Marianas OpenABS1/4F2015
6485Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6486Mike FowlerMike FowlerWChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
6611William DiasWPts: 6x4World Pro85KGR12015
6621Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWArmbarWorld Pro85KGR22015
6628Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x0World Pro85KG1/4F2015
6632AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
6682Fabio GalebWTriangleWorld ProABSR12015
6685Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
6691Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABS1/4F2015
6864Carlos FariasWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12015
6976Alan RegisWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.94KG1/8F2015
7223Otavio SouzaWPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7368Jesse UrholinWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7371Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 2x0ADCC88KG1/4F2015
7375Rustam ChsievWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2015
7548Omar SabhaWChoke from backDallas Open94KGSF2015
7551Thiago XimenesWArm in EzekielDallas OpenABS1/4F2015
7552Philip MillerWSubmissionDallas OpenABSSF2015
7554Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarDallas OpenABSF2015
8308Magid HageWPts: 6x0US National Pro85KGSF2016
8309William NymanWTriangleUS National Pro85KGF2016
8313Jason YousephWTriangleUS National ProABSSF2016
8315Joseph MokuWTriangleUS National ProABSF2016
8731Jacob GuerreroWBaratoplataMarianas OpenABS1/4F2016
8733Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWOmoplata chokeMarianas OpenABSSF2016
8769Melksedec FrancoW50/50 ArmbarWorld ProABSR12016
8780Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2World ProABSR22016
8792Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWArmbarWorld ProABS1/8F2016
9250Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2016
9254Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2016
9304Kitner MouraWOmoplataWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9317Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/8F2016

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