Mat Burn Episode 2 with Keenan Cornelius and Josh Hinger

Mat Burn Episode 2 with Keenan Cornelius and Josh Hinger


Keenan Cornelius and Josh Hinger are back at it again covering a variety of topics such as insecurities in bjj, the “Master’s Debate”, and more.




This one short but definitely worth mentioning. You can use the “Boston Crab” technique to attack devastating ankle locks, and it’s totally legal. Conveniently enough, Keenan has actually covered this position, dubbed “The ankle lock from Hell.” We’re unlocking this technique just for you. Check it out below:

•INSECURITIES IN JIU-JITSU (17:36-32:02, 53:08-1:07:35)

Some of us have had the displeasure of being exposed to people in the bjj community who are in a position of authority over others, but unfortunately, have overwhelming insecurities that manifest themselves outwards into negative behaviour towards others. Keenan and Josh share experiences they’ve had dealing with negative individuals like these discuss how one might end up in this situation.

•THE MASTER’S DEBATE(32:05-38:20)

A truly hot topic this time of the year. A few years ago Josh wrote an article(which you can read HERE) about adult divisions vs master divisions in high-level competitions. The question: Does winning Master’s World Championship make you a “World Champ.”?

Keenan and Josh both agree that the IBJJF World Championship in the adult black belt division or the ADCC World Championship are the only tournaments that give you the credentials to market yourself as a “world champion”, and that while winning Master’s Worlds is a great achievement that should be celebrated, winning this tournament and marketing yourself as “world champion” vs a “master’s world champion” is misleading and deceitful.


This is a very interesting topic indeed. Are super fights being cheapened to provide more entertaining matchups? That’s what Keenan thinks.

His observation is that it’s really expensive to bring two high-level black belts to compete against each other on the big stage, and it doesn’t necessarily pay off due to the fact that matches, where both competitors are equal in skill, can be very boring.

He estimates that there are more white and blue belts practicing jiu-jitsu than there are purple belts, brown belts, and black belts combined. Therefore, it makes more sense from a business perspective to cater to this less experienced demographic by creating mismatches that result in more exciting and dynamic matches.


Here Keenan and Josh discuss how professional jiujiteiros make a livable income outside of owning an academy. It basically boils down to these avenues: private lessons, seminars, prize money, and instructionals (which you happen to be reading this article from, and can SIGN UP to learn more from Keenan, or purchase his Lapel Encyclopedia

Be sure to watch the full podcast above.