The 2012 Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu Championship is going along full steam in Irvine, California. Soon the black belts, the big stars of the event, will take center stage (for complete coverage in real time, tune in to the @graciemag Twitter account or our Facebook page). But anyone who thinks they have nothing to learn from the intermediate belts had better think again.
One example is Keenan Cornelius, 21, a purple belt from our GMA Lloyd Irvin’s team. After securing top spot at weight and open weight at this season’s European Championship, the submission wizard repeated the feat at the Pan. Included in his arsenal is a slick armbar from 50/50 guard, which he used to take the likes of João Miyao out of the running.
Watch Cornelius sink the hold in the following video of the middleweight final.