Are you up to date on your bjj black belts?
For every Rafael Mendes and Rodolfo Viera, there are a number of BJJ Black Belts that get slept on. They could go unnoticed for a number of reasons such as: their affiliation, bjj politics, not coming from a widely recognized academy, etc. We have already seen one bjj fighter get completely ignored by the jiu jitsu media this last 2012 year. He happened to be the first ever bjj fighter to win the double grandslam at any belt level. Have you heard of this guy? No? Do you live under a rock? Of course, I am talking about Keenan “The Cobra” Cornelius. Although he destroyed his competition in all of the major tournaments in both his division and in the absolute (something that no one has EVER done before), the mainstream jiu jitsu media completely black balled him. This blog post is not about him, but, coincidentally, about one of his bjj black belt teammates who has also gone under the radar despite being one of the most decorated american bjj black belts (10 IBJJF Medals this year alone) and currently ranked #8 among bjj black belts.