Keenan Cornelius, king of the purple belt—and consistency

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Middleweight Keenan Cornelius, during the yesterday's finals. Photo: GRACIEMAG

Middleweight Keenan Cornelius, during the yesterday's finals. Photo: GRACIEMAG

Jiu-Jitsu experts teach that consistency is one of the main qualities practitioners need to pursue. After all, an athlete who always trains, without fail, learns more than one who trains an entire month but then skips the next one.

Among athletes, consistency can also mean doing well at a variety of different championships, accumulating knowledge and achievements over an entire season.

The middleweight Keenan Cornelius is 2012’s king of consistency, at least at purple belt. Never missing a training session or competition, the Lloyd Irvin student came up big with one heck of an achievement this Saturday at the World Championship in Long Beach.

(Check out Keenan against João Miyao in the final of the Brazilian Nationals in the purple belt Absolute last May.)

Having overcome Paulo Miyao of Cícero Costha team by a narrow margin, Keenan is now the simultaneous holder of the following gold medals:

Europeans 2012 – weight and absolute
Pan 2012 – weight and absolute
Brazilian Nationals 2012 – weight and absolute
Worlds 2012 – weight and absolute

An unprecedented achievement. May your brown belt be nigh, KC!

Speaking of brown belt, another decorated warrior was crowned this Saturday, in the World Championship brown belt absolute division. João Gabriel of Soul Fighters overcame Felipe Pena of Gracie Barra in the open weight final and captured the brown belt throne. Congratulations to all.

To check the full results, click here.

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