Keenan Cornelius, the owner and head coach of Legion American Jiu Jitsu in San Diego, CA, has awarded his first-ever black belt to Miha Perhavec. Perhavec is a black belt in judo, as well as the co-owner of Legion AJJ alongside Cornelius. He is also the co-founder of Jiu Jitsu X, a new online platform for Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructionals. Perhavec hosts a cooking show, “Kitchen Tap,” which is available on Jiu Jitsu X.
Even without his black belt in BJJ, Perhavec is already a relatively accomplished grappler. He has a deep background in judo, which is popular in his home country of Slovenia. In terms of BJJ and submission grappling, Perhavec holds a 3-1 record in Polaris, losing only to 10th Planet stand-out Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez.
It’s notable that Perhavec is the first person to be awarded a black belt under Cornelius, who is a long-time elite competitor in both gi and no-gi grappling, and widely considered one of the most innovative and influential BJJ players in the world, often known for his lapel guard techniques. In late 2019, following a public split from Atos Jiu Jitsu, Cornelius and Perhavec opened Legion American JJ.