If you’ve been on the Metamoris Facebook page today you may have seen the meme that was posted regarding the Kevin Casey versus Keenan Cornelius matchup from Metamoris-3.
Here it is if you missed it:
The picture makes reference to the sweep that Kevin Casey hit on Keenan Cornelius in their recent matchup. Kevin Casey was the very late replacement for Vinny Magalhaes (Casey took the match on reportedly 30 minutes notice). No one can deny the respect owed to Casey for taking such a high profile match on no notice. Casey was clearly a game competitor doing a great job defending Keenan for the first few minutes of the match. But…when Keenan got into his rhythm, it was pretty much all Keenan Cornelius. Casey is an MMA fighter with a 10-3 MMA record and also a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. This is a comment Casey posted under the Metamoris Facebook picture post:
As a fan of the sport I have to agree that takedowns are more exciting than guard pulling. But trying to compare Sport Jiu-Jitsu to Self-defense is a meaningless argument at best. The two are very different entities all together. Sport is defined by a series of rules, time limits, etc. The Street? Well…there are no rules. Referring to Keenan’s BJJ game as simply “circus” or “guard tricks” is a bit naive. Whether you like berimbolos or inversions or not, they definitely are not just “circus tricks” but an important part of the Sport Jiu-Jitsu evolution.
Oh and by the way…I am pretty confident that Keenan Cornelius can handle himself just fine in a street altercation.
“To try to separate Sport JiuJitsu from Street JiuJitsu is a sin… Like comparing the beauty of two women..Both are beautiful in different ways.. In the case of the Jiu-jitsu all you need is blood in your intentions…The sport becomes a magic tool in a street situation.” -Renzo Gracie