Eddie Bravo

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Eddie Bravo
EddieBravoRubber.jpg
Born Edgar A. Cano[1]
(1970-05-15) May 15, 1970 (age 48)
Santa Ana, California, USA
Other names Edgy Brah, The Twister
Residence Sherman Oaks, California, USA[2]
Nationality American
Teacher(s) Jean-Jacques Machado
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Notable students Tony Ferguson, Kelvin Gastelum, Joe Rogan, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Vinny Magalhães, Shinya Aoki, Alan Jouban, Ben Saunders, George Sotiropoulos, Gerald Strebendt, Rhasaan Orange

Edgar "Eddie" Bravo (born Edgar Cano on May 15, 1970) is an American Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor. He is the founder of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu and the Eddie Bravo Invitational.[3]

Background[edit]

Born in Santa Ana, California, on May 15, 1970, to the birth name Edgar Cano, his last name was later legally changed to Bravo, the same as his stepfather. Bravo's biological father is from Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico; and his mother is from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.[citation needed]

Bravo first partook in grappling when he joined his high school's wrestling team. After moving to Hollywood, California in 1991 to pursue a music career, Bravo took an interest in martial arts and began taking karate classes. Watching Royce Gracie win multiple Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events in the mid-1990s then inspired Bravo to become a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner which he began under the tutelage of Jean Jacques Machado. Bravo also attended a Jeet Kune Do academy from 1996 to 1998.[4]

During the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Bravo worked at a check cashing store which was one of numerous stores looted during the riots. After this, he took a job as a disc jockey at a strip club. He quit this job to become a writer for Joe Rogan and The Man Show. Bravo's next job was with the UFC as a post-fight interviewer, analyst, unofficial judge, and commentator. He also briefly commentated for Pride Fighting Championships and King of the Cage. Bravo left his broadcasting gigs in 2010.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu[edit]

In 1998, Bravo decided to abandon practicing all other forms of martial arts and focus on jiu-jitsu. Shortly after, he received a blue belt and developed ways to finish opponents with a "Twister", a specific spinal lock submission hold. In 1999, Bravo earned a purple belt and began developing his signature guard, the rubber guard.[5][6]

In 2003, after winning the under 145 lbs/66 kg North American trials as a brown belt, Bravo competed at the Abu-Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championship, a professional no-gi grappling competition. In what was considered an upset, Bravo defeated Gustavo Dantas in the first round by rear naked choke.[7]

Bravo then faced four-time world champion and three-time ADCC champion Royler Gracie in the quarter-finals. Bravo traded comfortably top positions with Gracie throughout the match before deploying his game of rubber guard, and eventually winning via a triangle choke.[7] Although Bravo would then lose to eventual-tournament champion Léo Vieira in the semi-finals, his victory over Gracie was considered a highlight of the tournament and a jump to fame for Bravo.

Upon his return to the United States after the competition, he was awarded a black belt by Jean Jacques Machado and subsequently opened his first 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu school in Los Angeles, California, a no-gi jiu-jitsu system.

In March 2014, after having both retired from competition for years, Bravo and Royler Gracie agreed to a submission-only grappling match at Metamoris III. The contest started with Bravo defending Royler's attacks from his guard, but at the eight minute mark he switched to attack himself. He initiated a series of techniques from half guard, including several iterations of his patented "electric chair" and a calf slicer which almost finished the fight.[8][9] The match lasted 20 minutes and was ruled a draw.[10][11]

Also in 2014, Bravo founded the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI), a no-gi submission-only grappling tournament. In 2016, it was announced that the EBI and UFC partnered together to feature EBI events on the UFC's streaming service Fight Pass.[12]

Instructor lineage[edit]

Jigoro KanoMitsuyo MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Carlos Gracie, Jr.Jean Jacques Machado → Eddie Bravo

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Time Notes
Draw Brazil Royler Gracie Draw Metamoris III March 29, 2014 20:00 Submission-only
Loss Brazil Alexandre 'Soca' Freitas Forfeit (Injury) Abu Dhabi 2003 2003 Bronze
Loss Brazil Leo Vieira Points Abu Dhabi 2003 2003 Semi-Finals
Win Brazil Royler Gracie Submission (Triangle Choke) Abu Dhabi 2003 2003 Quarterfinals
Win Brazil Gustavo Dantas Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Abu Dhabi 2003 2003 Elimination Rnd.
Win United States Alan Teo Points NA ADCC Quals 2002 2002 Finals
Win Canada Shawn Krysa Points NA ADCC Quals 2002 2002 Semifinals
Win United States Mark Ashton Submission (Neck Crank) NA ADCC Quals 2002 2002 Quarterfinals

Personal life[edit]

Bravo is of Mexican descent. He is married and has one son. Bravo is a strong proponent of cannabis, attributing it with helping his creativity in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[13][14] He grew up in a Catholic household but has since not identified with any religion. However, Bravo stated he believes in a "higher power" as a result of multiple DMT experiences.[15] He is in two bands called "Smoke Serpent" and "Hook Thieves".[16][17] Bravo is close friends with Joe Rogan. Bravo is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and credits Rogan with naming 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. Bravo had his own podcast, titled "Eddie Bravo Radio", from 2012-2015. A known "conspiracy theorist", he is part of the "9/11 Truth movement", publicly raising questions about the September 11 attacks, usually mentioning the World Trade Center Building 7 collapse.[18][19] Bravo also subscribes to the idea that governments have sprayed chemtrails on unknowing civilians.[20][21][22] In 2017, he brought back his podcast, "Eddie Bravo Radio", to discuss the flat Earth conspiracy.[23]

Media[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Jiu Jitsu Unleashed (2005)
  • Mastering the Rubber Guard (2006)[24]
  • Mastering the Twister (2007)[25]
  • Advanced Rubber Guard (2014)[26]

DVDs[edit]

  • The Twister
  • Mastering the Rubber Guard
  • Mastering the Twister

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Life in the Cage Himself
2007 American Drug War: The Last White Hope Himself
2008 Inside MMA Himself
2009 MMA Worldwide Himself
2011 Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown D.J. Bravo
2011 Human Weapon Himself
2012 The Roots of Fight Himself
2014 LatiNation Himself
2015 Jiu-Jitsu vs The World Himself

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ California Birth Index > Edgar A. Cano
  2. ^ "Twitter". 
  3. ^ Analyst, Tom (2011-04-20). "History of Jiu Jitsu: Twist and Shout, the Eddie Bravo Story". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/eddie-bravo
  5. ^ http://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/eddie-bravo
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gQ7g_DYriU
  7. ^ a b Roy Billington, ADCC Flashback: Eddie Bravo pulls off the shock of the century, Bloody Elbow, July 4, 2017
  8. ^ "Bravo dominates Gracie, and Metamoris 3". mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Holland, Jesse. "Draw! Metamoris 3 results recap from last night (March 29) for 'Bravo vs. Gracie 2' in Los Angeles". mmamania.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Metamoris 3: Bravo vs. Gracie Results". mmanuts.com. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Coffeen, Fraser. "Why Eddie Bravo vs Royler Gracie II at Metamoris 3 is the Fight of the Year". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/2/11/10973014/ufc-fight-pass-adds-glory-kickboxing-eddie-bravo-invitational-jiu
  13. ^ "Eddie Bravo: Marijuana martial-arts master". Hightimes.com. Archived from the original on 4 August 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Eddie Bravo on marijuana, Royler and crackhead". bjpenn.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPjNnWqTKJc
  16. ^ https://soundcloud.com/eddie-bravo
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/twistereddie
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJnMXHhPEgs
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-eni1WF8Ro
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn0ht_i53Ms
  21. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gWS0hJK_FI
  22. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8hmUYFFl34
  23. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVk00QcDFB4
  24. ^ Bravo, Eddie (1996). Mastering The Rubber Guard. ISBN 0-9777315-9-6. 
  25. ^ Bravo, Eddie (2007). Mastering the Twister: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition. ISBN 0-9777315-5-3. 
  26. ^ Bravo, Eddie (2014). Advanced Rubber Guard: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition. ISBN 1-9366086-2-6. 

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