After the taping of Joe Rogan’s podcast with BJJ legends Rickson Gracie and Eddie Bravo, Eddie attempts to explain and demonstrate his rubber guard techniques to the master, check it out.
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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. 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 UFC gig in 2010. 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.
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.