Bravo (bottom) demonstrating his signature guard, the rubber guard
|Born||Edgar A. Cano
May 15, 1970
Santa Ana, California, USA
|Other names||Edgy Brah, The Twister|
|Residence||Sherman Oaks, California, USA|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu3rd degree|
|Notable students||Tony Ferguson, Kelvin Gastelum, Joe Rogan, Aaron Pico, Gerald Strebendt, Vinny Magalhães, Alan Jouban, Tait Fletcher, Jason Chambers, Shinya Aoki, George Sotiropoulos, Ben Saunders|
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.
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.
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 establishing his signature guard, the rubber guard.
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.
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. 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. The match lasted 20 minutes and was ruled a draw.
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.
Submission grappling record
|Draw||Royler Gracie||Draw||Metamoris III||March 29, 2014||20:00||Submission-only|
|Loss||Alexandre 'Soca' 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 (Neck crank)||NA ADCC Quals 2002||2002||Quarterfinals|
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. He is in a music band called "Smoke Serpent". Bravo is close friends with Joe Rogan, comedian and podcast host. They both used to work for the UFC and Rogan holds a black belt rank under 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. Bravo is also a regular guest on Rogan's podcast The Joe Rogan Experience . Bravo had his own podcast, titled "Eddie Bravo Radio", from 2012 to 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. Bravo also subscribes to the idea that governments have sprayed chemtrails on unknowing civilians. In 2017, Bravo brought back his podcast, "Eddie Bravo Radio", to discuss the flat Earth conspiracy in the first episode.
- Jiu Jitsu Unleashed (2005)
- Mastering the Rubber Guard (2006)
- Mastering the Twister (2007)
- Advanced Rubber Guard (2014)
- The Twister
- Mastering the Rubber Guard
- Mastering the Twister
|2001||Life in the Cage||Himself|
|2007||American Drug War: The Last White Hope||Himself|
|2011||Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown||D.J. Bravo|
|2012||The Roots of Fight||Himself|
|2015||Jiu-Jitsu vs The World||Himself|
- California Birth Index > Edgar A. Cano
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