Eddie Bravo

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Eddie Bravo
EddieBravoRubber.jpg
Eddie Bravo (down) demonstrating his signature "rubber guard"
BornEdgar A. Cano[1]
(1970-05-15) May 15, 1970 (age 49)
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
Other namesEdgy Brah, The Twister
ResidenceSherman Oaks, California, U.S.[2]
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Rank3rd Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado
Notable studentsTony Ferguson, Kelvin Gastelum, Joe Rogan, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Vinny Magalhães, Shinya Aoki, Marlon Vera, Alan Jouban, Ben Saunders, George Sotiropoulos, Gerald Strebendt, Rhasaan Orange, Anthony Birchak

Edgar "Eddie" Bravo (born Edgar A. Cano; May 15, 1970) is an American martial arts instructor, podcaster, and comedian. After being awarded a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2003, Bravo began teaching his own-developed style of jiu-jitsu and founded 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu.[3] He is also the creator of the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI) grappling competition and the EBI ruleset. He is a recurring guest on The Joe Rogan Experience.

Background[edit]

Bravo was born on May 15, 1970. His original name was Edgar A. Cano, but he later legally changed his surname to Bravo, the name of his stepfather. Both of his biological parents are Mexican. Growing up, Bravo took to music and started to play the drums and guitar. He formed several bands with aspirations of one-day becoming a famous musician.[4][5][4] Bravo also developed an interest in athletics playing American football and joining his high school's wrestling team.

In 1991, Bravo moved to Hollywood, California to pursue a music career and formed a band titled Blackened Kill Symphony. He got a gym membership as he wanted to avoid "looking like a slob" while performing but only visited twice.[5] Bravo then began taking karate classes.[5] In 1994, after watching Royce Gracie win an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event, Bravo decided to become a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, which he began under the tutelage of Jean Jacques Machado.[4] Bravo also attended a Jeet Kune Do academy from 1996 to 1998.[6]

Brazilian jiu-jitsu[edit]

In 1998, Bravo decided to stop attending other martial arts schools to focus solely on Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Around this time, he received a blue belt and started developing 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.[6][7]

In 2003, Bravo entered the 145 lbs/66 kg division of the Abu-Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championship as a brown belt after winning the North American trials. Bravo defeated Gustavo Dantas in the elimination round by rear naked choke in what was considered an upset.[8]

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.[8] Although Bravo would then lose to eventual-tournament champion Léo Vieira in the semi-finals, his victory over Gracie was considered[by whom?] 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 2014, after having both retired from competition for years, Bravo and Royler Gracie agreed to have another grappling contest. It was a twenty-minute submission-only match which took place at Metamoris III. The contest started with Bravo pulling quarter guard and defending Royler's top attacks before reversing to an offensive attack around the eight-minute mark. After a few reversals from both competitors, Bravo was able to deploy a series of techniques from half guard, and put Gracie into his patented "electric chair" maneuver. In the closing minutes, Bravo had Gracie in a calf slicer but Gracie declined to tap as time ran out and, thus, the match was ruled a draw.[9][10][11][12]

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. Later, Bravo also introduced Combat Jiu-Jitsu to his events; an altered form of submission grappling which allows open-hand strikes while on the ground.[13]

Instructor lineage[edit]

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

Submission grappling record[edit]

7 Matches, 5 Wins (3 Submissions), 1 Loss, 1 Draw
Result Rec. Opponent Method Event Division Date Location
Draw 5–1–1 Royler Gracie Draw Metamoris 3 Catchweight March 29, 2014 Los Angeles, CA
Loss 5–1 Leo Vieira Points ADCC World Championship -66kg May 18, 2003 São Paulo
Win 5–0 Royler Gracie Submission (triangle choke) May 17, 2003
Win 4–0 Gustavo Dantas Submission (rear-naked choke)
Win 3–0 Alan Teo Points ADCC North American Championship -66kg October 5, 2002 Los Angeles, CA
Win 2–0 Shawn Krysa Points
Win 1–0 Mark Ashton Submission (rear-naked choke)

Personal life[edit]

Bravo is married to Lux Kassidy and has a son.[14]

Bravo is a strong proponent of cannabis, attributing it with helping his creativity in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[15] He also is a believer in many conspiracy theories,[16] being an advocate of the Flat Earth conspiracy theory[17] and the World Trade Center Tower 7 controlled demolition conspiracy theory.[18]

Media[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Jiu Jitsu Unleashed (2005)
  • Mastering the Rubber Guard (2006)[19]
  • Mastering the Twister (2007)[20]
  • Advanced Rubber Guard (2014)[21]

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. ^ "Edgar A Cano, Born 05/15/1970 in California - CaliforniaBirthIndex.org". www.californiabirthindex.org.
  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. ^ a b c Banjoko, Adisa (10 September 2008). "Interivew w/ UFC Commentator Eddie Bravo". Fast Company. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Bravo & Krauss 2005, p. 1.
  6. ^ a b "Eddie Bravo - BJJ Heroes". BJJ Heroes.
  7. ^ The Hooks MMA (28 March 2014). "Eddie Bravo Talks Rubber Guard Ahead of Metamoris 3 - The Hooks MMA: Ep 1, Part 2" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ a b Roy Billington, ADCC Flashback: Eddie Bravo pulls off the shock of the century, Bloody Elbow, July 4, 2017
  9. ^ "Bravo dominates Gracie, and Metamoris 3". mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Metamoris 3: Bravo vs. Gracie Results". mmanuts.com. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  12. ^ Coffeen, Fraser. "Why Eddie Bravo vs Royler Gracie II at Metamoris 3 is the Fight of the Year". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  13. ^ "UFC inks deal to stream GLORY, EBI & K-1 library".
  14. ^ "Eddie Bravo Became a Jiu Jitsu Legend with One Win. Can His Fighting Style Now Conquer MMA?". OC Weekly. 25 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Eddie Bravo: Marijuana martial-arts master". Hightimes.com. Archived from the original on 4 August 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  16. ^ Kinsella, Rudi. "WATCH: Alex Jones appeared alongside Joe Rogan for a four-hour podcast, and it's exactly as crazy as it sounds". JOE.ie. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  17. ^ Hess, Peter. "Joe Rogan Calls Out Anti-Semitic Roots of Flat Earth Movement". Inverse. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  18. ^ Marchman, Tim. "Jiu-Jitsu Master Eddie Bravo Wants You To Know The Truth About 9/11". Deadspin. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  19. ^ Bravo, Eddie (1996). Mastering The Rubber Guard. ISBN 0-9777315-9-6.
  20. ^ Bravo, Eddie (2007). Mastering the Twister: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition. ISBN 0-9777315-5-3.
  21. ^ Bravo, Eddie (2014). Advanced Rubber Guard: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition. ISBN 1-9366086-2-6.

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