Keenan Cornelius Closes Down Legion AJJ to Prevent the Rampant Spread of the Coronavirus

Keenan Cornelius Closes Down Legion AJJ to Prevent the Rampant Spread of the Coronavirus

Due to the recent Coronavirus Pandemic that has been taking the world by storm, many sports organizations like the NBA and the NCAA has been taking their fair share of steps to avoid the rampant spread of the virus.

As the COVID-19 continues to spread, thousands are in panic and disarray. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Organizations like the IBJJF and the UAEJJF has taken measures to help contain the virus. IBJJF canceled the Pan American Championship while UAEJJF canceled Abu Dhabi World Pro just last week. 

As BJJ is a close contact sport, it's totally understandable why the cancellations for the tournaments occurred. IBJJF is one of the most prestigious tournaments and attracts over 3000 competitors across the world. Cancelling the event may be a disappointment to competitors, but it's certainly the right move all things considered. 

In a recent post, Keenan Cornelius takes a bold move towards the prevention of COVID-19 by temporarily closing down his gym Legion American Jiu Jitsu. 

Keenan Cornelius recently opened his doors to his new gym only a few months back. His gym is located in San Diego, California. As California has over 200 cases of COVID-19, and continuous to rise, Keenan took it upon himself to close down his doors as a proactive measure against the widespread pandemic. 

Keenan Cornelius shares the news in social media:

I have some news that I’m not at all looking forward to delivering.
After looking at the best available evidence from health professionals, specifically epidemiologists, we’ve decided to temporarily cancel all Legion HQ classes effective as of Thursday, March 12th with plans to re-open on Monday, March 23, but this is also subject to change, dependent on further developments of COVID-19. We will make the decision after a week when new information becomes available.

Please understand, the decision to close the doors at Legion HQ has not come easily.


However, we are going through with this decision to play our part in hindering the spread of the coronavirus.
The best available information has shown that preemptive actions and closures have had, so far, the best results in hindering the spread of COVID-19.

As jiu jitsu involves close contact engagement with multiple partners, it’s an exceptional risk to allow classes to continue as per usual.
For the safety of our members, we've made the hard decision to cancel all classes temporarily.

TO BE CLEAR: We have had zero cases of coronavirus in our academy.
And we’re determined to keep it that way.

What does this mean for you, as a member of Legion AJJ?
We want to ensure we do everything in our power to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19, but we also want to ensure we’re still providing value to you as a student of Legion American Jiu Jitsu.


This is how we plan to ensure you're still able to develop your jiu jitsu skills during the proposed closure period.
As you may know, Legion AJJ was in part born out of the success of Keenan Online.


This puts us on the cutting edge of what’s possible in terms of teaching jiu jitsu online. And to accommodate this unfortunate time in our lives, we’ll be working to help you maintain your sanity through an online adaptation of Legion AJJ.


As mentioned earlier, closing the doors at Legion was not an easy decision to make and now I would like to take some time to share with you the information that lead us to this decision.

One thing that convinced us that a temporary closure would be the right thing to do was this podcast - continued in comments

 

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I have some news that I’m not at all looking forward to delivering. After looking at the best available evidence from health professionals, specifically epidemiologists, we’ve decided to temporarily cancel all Legion HQ classes effective as of Thursday, March 12th with plans to re-open on Monday, March 23, but this is also subject to change, dependent on further developments of COVID-19. We will make the decision after a week when new information becomes available. Please understand, the decision to close the doors at Legion HQ has not come easily. However, we are going through with this decision to play our part in hindering the spread of the coronavirus. The best available information has shown that preemptive actions and closures have had, so far, the best results in hindering the spread of COVID-19. As jiu jitsu involves close contact engagement with multiple partners, it’s an exceptional risk to allow classes to continue as per usual. For the safety of our members, we've made the hard decision to cancel all classes temporarily. TO BE CLEAR: We have had zero cases of coronavirus in our academy. And we’re determined to keep it that way. What does this mean for you, as a member of Legion AJJ? We want to ensure we do everything in our power to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19, but we also want to ensure we’re still providing value to you as a student of Legion American Jiu Jitsu. This is how we plan to ensure you're still able to develop your jiu jitsu skills during the proposed closure period. As you may know, Legion AJJ was in part born out of the success of Keenan Online. This puts us on the cutting edge of what’s possible in terms of teaching jiu jitsu online. And to accommodate this unfortunate time in our lives, we’ll be working to help you maintain your sanity through an online adaptation of Legion AJJ. As mentioned earlier, closing the doors at Legion was not an easy decision to make and now I would like to take some time to share with you the information that lead us to this decision. One thing that convinced us that a temporary closure would be the right thing to do was this podcast - continued in comments

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