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Judo / Nogi specialist

Miha Perhavec

Miha brings 18 years of grappling experience and a Slovenian flavor to Legion Jiu Jitsu. He is currently a black belt in judo and brown belt in jiu jitsu.

Miha Perhavec

Main achievements


3-1 at Polaris Professional


12W-1L Amateur MMA record


Multiple Time IBJJF Open Champion

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Serbian Open BJJ Championship – Gold


Serbian Open BJJ Championship – Gold

Croatian Open Jiu-Jitsu – Gold


IBJJF European Open – Nogi – Bronze – Lightweight

IBJJF European Open – Nogi – Bronze – Openweight

ADCC European championship (trials) – 4th place – -77kg, elite 

Slovenian MMA League – 1st place


IBJJF Rome International Open – Bronze – Middleweight

IBJJF Rome International Open – Gold – Openweight

UAEJJF Warsaw Pro Trials – Gold – Middleweight 

UAEJJF Warsaw Pro Trials – 4th place – Openweight

IBJJF European Open – Nogi – Silver – Middleweight

ADCC Slovenia Open – Gold – -77kg, elite

ADCC Slovenia Open – Gold – Openweight, elite

Ranked #5 in the world – IBJJF nogi, blue belt


IBJJF Rome Open – Gold – Middleweight (blue belt)

IBJJF Rome Open – Gold – Openweight

IBJJF Zadar Open – Silver – Middleweight

IBJJF Zadar Open – Silver – Openweight

IBJJF Munich Winter Open – Bronze – Middleweight

IBJJF Munich Winter Open – Silver – Openweight

UAEJFF Warsaw Trials – Gold – Middleweight

UAEJJF Birmingham Trials – Bronze – Middleweight

UAEJJF Birmingham Trials – Silver – Light-openweight

ADCC Poland National championship – -88kg – Intermediate

ADCC Eastern European Open – Gold – Openweight 


UAEJJF Serbia National Pro – Gold – Middleweight

UAEJJF Serbia National Pro – Silver – Openweight

UAEJJF Switzerland National Pro – Gold – Middleweight

IBJJF London Fall Open – Gold – Medium-heavyweight

IBJJF London Fall Open – Nogi – Bronze – Medium-heavyweight

IBJJF Munich Winter Open – Nogi – Gold – Medium-heavyweight

IBJJF Rome Open – Gi – Silver – Medium-heavyweight

IBJJF European Open – Nogi – Bronze – Medium-heavyweight


ADCC Ireland National Championship – Gold – -88kg, elite

ADCC Ireland National Championship – Silver – Openweight, elite


IBJJF Spanish Nationals – Nogi – Gold – Medium-heavyweight

IBJJF Spanish Nationals – Gi – Gold – Medium-heavyweight

IBJJF Spanish Nationals – Nogi – Silver – Openweight

IBJJF European Open – Nogi – Silver – Medium-heavyweight

UAEJJF London Grand Slam – Bronze – Medium-heavyweight

SubOver80 Dublin – Pro Tournament – Champion – Openweight


IBJJF Los Angeles Winter Open – Gi – Bronze – Medium-heavyweight

IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open – Gi – Gold – Medium-heavyweight

Grappling Industries Sydney, Australia – Nogi – Gold – Medium-heavyweight – Elite

Grappling Industries Sydney, Australia – Nogi – Gold – Openweight – Elite

New Zealand National Nogi Championship (open) – Gold – Medium-heavyweight – Elite

New Zealand National Nogi Championship (open) – Gold – Absolute – Elite


UAEJJF Austria National Pro – Gi – Silver – Medium-heavyweight

Polaris Pro appearance vs. Richy Martinez

GrappleFest appearance vs. Craig Jones


IBJJF San Jose Open- Gi – Gold – Medium-heavyweight

Coronavirus took the rest of the season

Miha's Biography

Miha was born far away from San Diego in Kranj, Slovenia. He grew up under and in the Alps trying a variety of sports during his childhood. Around the age of 9 or 10, he began training judo in his hometown.

During his mid-teen years, he trained with the Slovenian Olympic judo team, which has produced 5 Olympic medals since 2004, with 2 golds. Despite training at such a high level and intensity, he didn’t want to continue with judo. There were a number of reasons, the main one being the constant changing of the rules that made judo a less complete martial art.

At age 18 Miha joined a local MMA club with dreams to become an accomplished MMA fighter. That journey lasted 3-4 years during which Miha cleaned out the local amateur MMA scene, amassing a record of 12-1 with 11 first-round finishes (mostly submissions).

More importantly, the MMA club also offered jiu jitsu as a part of the curriculum and after 4 years of training both Miha decided to not get punched in the head for a living.

So began his full-time jiu jitsu career.

During his jiu jitsu journey, Miha moved out of Slovenia where the scene was very small as the country itself. His path took him to Warsaw, Poland; Oslo, Norway, and Dublin, Ireland.

While living abroad Miha started competing all over Europe, eventually reaching the World Championships in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi as well. During this run, he amassed 5 IBJJF Nogi European medals, including 3 silvers. He also won multiple IBJJF Open competitions, getting the coveted Double Gold in a couple of those outings.

After a few years of living and training in Dublin, Miha and his wife Emma began a 2-year long around-the-World trip, which literally took them around the World three times. But that’s a story for a different web page.

This trip gave Miha the chance, to train and teach jiu jitsu in many different cities and countries and also allowed him to sharpen his skills by competing internationally. This led to him claiming some very exotic title, such as the 2018 New Zealand Nogi Absolute Champion.

The present

Recently Miha relocated to sunny San Diego at the invitation of Legion’s Head Instructor Keenan Cornelius and started instructing here at Legion HQ, offering his vast experience to our members.

Three fun facts about Miha
  • He’s seriously snobby about coffee.
  • He co-owns a chihuahua puppy.
  • He’s actually the co-owner and co-founder of Legion along with Keenan.

Watch Miha in action