Match Study: Murilo Santana v Keenan Cornelius at Pans 2014

New Video Series!

I haven’t been too keen on video making on individual matches (Lo v Clark was my last one) because I initially started out focusing on strategies – so looking for “repeated moves” playing out over many matches was the primary goal. I think I will start making some “match study videos” when it is relevant to the study at hand though.  As to “moves” and breaking them down I will probably stick to my instagram for that. How my thinking goes right now at least.

In this first of my “Match Study” videos, I look at how Murilo used basic passes and sound strategy to overcome Keenan’s hydra like guard. To be honest I was “ho hum” about Murilo until I saw this match which resulted in me digging further into his approach to passing. The details of which are in my last entry on Murilo Santana. This particular match is good food for thought towards the “fundamental v modern” debate I feel.

Murilo is a crafty cat, this stack to over/under switch is just one of his moves. If you want to get ahead of my series do go study his matches. Eye openers I promise. Like Lo, I do believe aspects of Murilo’s passing will be adopted by sport jiujitsu players in the future to combat tricky guards.

As usual, do feel free to let me know if you think there are any matches worth covering. Thanks again for the support everyone. Enjoy.

ps: Keenan and Murilo are in the same bracket at the Worlds to get to the semifinals and there is a very high chance we get to see a rematch (both get 1st round byes). Watch out for it.


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1 comments On Match Study: Murilo Santana v Keenan Cornelius at Pans 2014

  • It is true that Santana passes or near passes very good guards with pressure, but as you can see against keenan or marcelo he usually succumbs to a sweep and then looses because of that.

    Sometimes his passattempts fails and the opponent manages to get double-shin guard or to retake a good position, for example like keenan took lapel guard, or marcelo took x-guard.

    I think this is because Santana never backs off, even after he lost a good position. He usually goes into his speciality double under pass directly off the bat, but if that fails and the opponent scrambles for guard, then Santana presses on and tries to smash even a more powerful guard and gets swept.

    I can just guess, but I think that if other players have evaded being swept by Keenans lapel-guard, mabye Santana would too by being more defensive when he looses the position, and then switching to offense only when he has a home-advantage of a strong hip-control.

    Many fights are won by advantages alone, and Santana could easily rack those up by near-passing (or passing) and then defend the sweep attempts in a similar fashion as andre galvao vs leandro lo in pan ams 2014.

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