Eddie demonstrating his signature guard, the rubber guard
May 15, 1970 |
Santa Ana, California, US
|Other names||The Twister|
|Residence||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Wrestling|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu3rd degree black belt in|
|Notable students||Joe Rogan, Jason Chambers, Gerald Strebendt, Shinya Aoki, Chuck Liddell, Matt Horwich, Jason Day, Ronda Rousey, George Sotiropoulos, Matt Mitrione, Tait Fletcher, Dan Hardy, Jung Chan-Sung|
Eddie Bravo (born Edgar Cano on May 15, 1970) is a Mexican-American practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who holds a third degree black belt under Jean-Jacques Machado. He is most famous for his win against Royler Gracie by triangle choke in the 2003 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling championships while still only a brown belt. His particular style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, called 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, has had some degree of success at different levels of competition, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, submission grappling tournaments, and mixed martial arts events such as the UFC. However, Bravo's style is considered controversial largely because it consists solely of no-gi jiu-jitsu. Bravo has repeatedly questioned the validity of the traditional approach to teaching jiu-jitsu with the gi for people who are primarily interested in mixed martial arts since it is illegal to wear a gi in most MMA organizations. Some critics condemn the unusual names that Bravo gives moves: The Zombie (a technique for trapping an opponent's hand on the mat), Crackhead Control (a technique for preventing opponents from standing up to escape rubber guard), and The Electric Chair (a submission from Lockdown, a modified half guard that Bravo favors, that stretches the opponent's groin muscles).
Bravo is just as controversial for his stances on things not directly related to jiu-jitsu. He has advocated marijuana as performance enhancing in several interviews and attributed his ability to develop his creative style of jiu-jitsu to his own marijuana use in Mastering the Rubber Guard. Bravo is also well known for his penchant for conspiracy theories.
Bravo lives in the Los Angeles area where he runs his own 10th Planet school, currently headquartered at Tapout LA.
Eddie Bravo has released several Instructional Manuals:
In addition, he has also released two DVDs. The first, The Twister, contains several matches from Bravo's competition career, beginning with matches as a blue belt and culminating with his match against Royler Gracie. The second DVD, Mastering the Rubber Guard, is a three-disc instructional that concentrates on moves from the rubber guard, a guard that Bravo is largely responsible for popularizing.
Submission grappling record
|Loss||Alexandre 'Soca' De Freitas||Forfeit (injury)||Abu Dhabi 2003||2003||Bronze|
|Loss||Leo Vieira||Points||Abu Dhabi 2003||2003||Semi-Finals|
|Win||Royler Gracie||Submission (triangle choke)||Abu Dhabi 2003||2003||Quarterfinals|
|Win||Gustavo Dantas||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Abu Dhabi 2003||2003||Elimination Rnd.|
|Win||Alan Teo||Points||NA ADCC Quals 2002||2002||Finals|
|Win||Shawn Krysa||Points||NA ADCC Quals 2002||2002||Semifinals|
|Win||Mark Ashton||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||NA ADCC Quals 2002||2002||Quarterfinals|
- MuscleTalk Interviews Dan Hardy
- "Eddie Bravo: Marijuana martial-arts master". Hightimes.com. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- "Eddie Bravo on marijuana, Royler and crackhead". bjpenn.com. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
- Bravo, Eddie (1996). Mastering The Rubber Guard. ISBN 0-9777315-9-6.
- Bravo, Eddie (2007). Mastering the Twister: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition. ISBN 0-9777315-5-3.