10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu Schools Legacy And History

10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu Schools Legacy And History

Eddie Bravo is an innovative grappler and established a school that has challenged the traditional Gi-centric dogma of Jiu-Jitsu and carved a unique niche for itself. Eddie Bravo's 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu has been making a substantial mark in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in recent years.

Are you ready to dive into the captivating beginning and irrefutable legacy of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu School? This academy has made a name for itself with its revolutionary No-Gi system that emphasizes finishing moves over point-scoring. 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu has gradually gained a reputation for distinction and has established its name as a leading force in the world of modern Jiu-Jitsu.

So, let's embark on a thrilling journey and explore the legacy and impact of the 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu School.

1. History of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu

1.1. From Where It All Started

It all started with the passion of a Rebel-minded-thinker and innovative grappler that had the dream to establish a new pathway by breaking the existing traditional mold. Eddie Bravo fell in love with the efficient nature of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after winning his ADDC championship by submitting the first Gracie. However, his unwavering belief, motivation and unique approach to Jiu-Jitsu fueled his passion to share knowledge with the grappling world.

1.2. Foundation of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu

In 2003, the iconic figure of martial arts, Eddie Bravo founded his own 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu gym in West Hollywood, California.

“This was a seemingly unconventional but groundbreaking revolutionary uphill journey towards the innovation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.”

1.3. The Journey From the Inception

Despite having a low promotional budget to run a gym, Eddie’s determination was fortified to make his undeniable mark to modernize the world of martial arts. As he opened the door to his gym, 17 passionate students enrolled themselves on the opening night. This was the appraisal of his outstanding performance on the grappling ground that attracted the BJJ students. 

1.4. The Inception of Modern American Jiu-Jitsu

Before the inception of 10th-Planets Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu competitions were not in vogue. Eddie decided to introduce the innovative and highly specialized No-Gi grappling system in EBI  that has taken the grappling martial arts world by storm. He gave different insights into the grappling world by incorporating collar ties, hooks, and direct body grips to submit the opponents.

Furthermore, the credit for introducing Jiu-Jitsu to the US enthusiasts goes to Eddie Bravo, who introduced them to grappling techniques including Twister, Rubber Guard, Half Guard, Lockdown, and many more through his distinct and innovative approach. He became the stepping stone in popularizing American Jiu-Jitsu.

However, the refined and modified Jiu-Jitsu techniques of Eddie Bravo produced many big names in No-Gi grappling. Richie Martinez, Nathan Orchid, Ben Eddy, Damien Anderson, Adrian Madrid, and Ethann Crelinsten are some of Bravo’s students who led the vision of his mentor to new heights.   

1.5. Headquarters of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu

10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu has found its beating heart in Los Angeles. Eddie Bravo provided the unique No-Gi curriculum taught by world-class instructors. All the instructors tried to maintain quality training by their unique teaching methods.

1.6. Foundation of EBI and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu

In 2014, Eddie Bravo Introduced EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational), a grappling competition. This is one of the Submission-Only and Invitation only BJJ competitions that awards cash prizes to their champions.

1.7. Performance Chart of EBI

Date Event Winner Runner Up Weight
Jun 1, 2014  EBI 1 Geo Martinez Jeff Glover Featherweight
Jun 1, 2014  EBI 1 Garry Tonon Richie Martinez Welterweight
Oct 10, 2014  EBI 2 Geo Martinez Fabio Passos Bantamweight
Oct 10, 2014  EBI 2 Denny Prokopos Nathan Orchard Lightweight
Mar 22, 2015  EBI 3 Garry Tonon Josh Hinger Welterweight
Aug 15, 2015  EBI 4 Eddie Cummings Joe Soto Featherweight
Dec 13, 2015  EBI 5 Garry Tonon Rafael Domingos Lightweight
Apr 24, 2016  EBI 6 Gordon Ryan Rustam Chsiev Absolute
Jul 16, 2016  EBI 7 Eddie Cummings Bill Cooper Featherweight
Sep 11, 2016  EBI 8 Gordon Ryan Kyle Griffin Middleweight
Nov 7, 2016  EBI 9 Garry Tonon Vinny Magalhaes Light Heavyweight
Dec 2, 2016  EBI 10 Geo Martinez Eddie Cummings Bantamweight
Mar 5, 2017  EBI 11 Gordon Ryan Vagner Rocha Welterweight
Jul 30, 2017  EBI 12 Erin Blanchfield Gabi McComb Female Flyweight
Oct 22, 2017  EBI 13 Garry Tonon Vagner Rocha Lightweight
Dec 03, 2017  EBI 14 Gordon Ryan Craig Jones Absolute
Feb 17, 2018  EBI 15 Jon Calestine Geo Martinez Featherweight
Jun 25, 2018  EBI 16 Beatriz Mesquita Miri Niedrauer Female Bantamweight

2. Signature Positions of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu

2.1. What is Twister Submission?

Twister is the signature submission stapled with the name of Eddie Bravo and 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu. It involves twisting the opponent’s spine while holding in the back mount position. No-Gi bout levels up the effectiveness of this deadly submission by restricting the practitioners from stronghold or grip. There are different variations of twister submission including

  • Twister from Back Control
  • Side control Twister
  • Swedish Twister
  • Twister from Close Guard

2.2. Half Guard

Half guard is the position of controlling the legs of your opponent. It’s a versatile position potentially useful for many submission attacks and sweeps. 10th-Planet’s instructors contribute their dedicated efforts to make their students proficient elite grapplers.

2.3. Rubber Guard

It involves the wrapping of the leg around the opponent’s arm and head then twisting his/her torso in a certain position to get the submission. Rubber guard is one of the defining techniques of Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet that stands it apart.

2.4. Lockdown

Lockdown is the variation of  the half guard, the most widely used technique by the 10th-Planet students. Lockdown is one of the offensive attacks that involve a hook in the opponent’s legs, leaving them off balance.

3. 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu Terminologies

“Eddie’s madness to break all the old mold didn’t stop by developing new techniques and moves.”

He decided to take a bold decision to adopt unique terminologies for BJJ enthusiasts. Eddie Bravo's passion to interwind the unique and innovative No-Gi approach with distinct names urged him to go against the wind. Now, let’s take a short journey through the 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu perspective.

10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu Terminologies Traditional Jiu-Jitsu Terminologies
A2 Warm-ups for sweeping guard and transitioned into spider web position
Apollo Choke Arm Triangle Choke
Apollo Control Control the head and arm of opponent
Baby Arm  Variation of arm lock submission
Banana Split Crucifix-like position to attack the groin of opponents
Barn Hook Variation of William’s guard, attack the opponent’s shoulders
Baseball Bat Strong grip on your opponent’s arm
Bermuda Triangle No-Armed Triangle
Bolt Cutter Grip Break
Bolt Cutter Choke Paper Cutter Choke (No-Gi)
Buggy Choke A choke to submit the opponent from side control
Capoeira Pass Reverse Half Guard
Carni Shoulder Lock Arm Lock (Invented by Martinez Brothers; Geo and Ritchie Martinez)
Chill Dog Variation of Rubber Guard
Crackhead Control Variation of Rubber Guard
Crotch Ripper Variation of Crucifix Choke
Dog Fight Half-Guard Position
Electric Chair The term “Electric car” is used for submission and sweep 
Electric Stone Sweep Variation of an Electric Chair
D Warmups Standing pass drills for warm-ups
Dead Orchard High guard position by Nathan Orchard
Defcon 4 Calf Crank A variation of Vaporizer
Double Bag A variation of Rubber Guard
Fishnet “Fishnet” term is used for controlling position
Fire & Flip Fire & Flip used for bringing the foot in front of opponent face
Fly Trap Reverse triangle from side control
Gangsta Lean Mounted Triangle
Garcia “Garcia” term is used for butterfly sweep (by Marcelo Garcia)
Ghost Sweep from Quarter Guard or side control
Gogo Clinch A variation of Gogoplata
Granby Warm Up Series A series of warm-ups especially before granby roll practice
Gun Show A variation of Rubber Guard
Hail Mary Series Series of warm-ups before going on the training mat
High Noon “High Noon” term used for the process of breaking the opponent’s grip (specifically from tuck position)
Hindu Control Sweep the Hindulotine
Hog Tie The term “Hog Tie” is used to maintain the truck position on the mat.  
Honeyhole Ashi Garami position from side saddle
Iron Sheik Used for neck crank variation
Jiu ClawJiu Claw Reverse Omoplata
Kamikaze Calf Crank
Leg D’arce A variation of D’arce Choke
Lockdown Rubber Guard that is patented by the 10-Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Loco Plata A variation of Gogoplata
Mantis A pseudo Guard position
Middle School Sweep A variation of old school sweep
Mission Control Basic version of Rubber Guard
Muffle Transition into truck position
Ninja Choke Variation of D’arce choke
Pimp Hand Variation of Stiff Arm
Samurai to Back A type of forward roll to control the opponent
Spider Web Top position for Armbar on the mat
Spider Hook Hook the opponent’s leg
Slow Triangle A variation of Triangle choke
Sorcerer Mixture of Neck Crank and Double Armbar
Super Stomp “Super Stomp” term is used for transition from lockdown position top rubber guard or butterfly
Vaporizer Leg Lock
Whip Down Lockdown from Half-Guard

The list of Eddie Bravo terminologies didn’t end here. There are a number of new terms that will innovate the grappling world as the years go on. 

4. Legacy of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu

“Eddie Bravo and 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu established a reputation that deserves to be recounted, recognized, appreciated, and applauded.”

The credit for the undeniable legacy and rich history of Eddie Bravo Academy goes to the big names of martial arts including Jean Jacques Machado, Joe Rogan, Denny Prokopos, Carlos Condit, Tony Ferguson, Sean Bollinger, and many more.

The No-Gi system deployed by Eddie Bravo now has become synonymous with excellence and innovation. The main vision of the 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu founder was to develop a system that would be unique and provide excellent training.

Excellency comes from hard work and dedicated sheer efforts interwind and the team of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu  proved its relentless efforts in spreading the art around the globe. His dedication and tireless efforts have never gone unnoticed by the BJJ world, which is proved by its 100-over affiliation with 10th Planet Jiu-jitsu all around the globe. It’s all about the once creativity, innovation, and influential approach that is marked by the grappling world

5. Black Belt Athletes of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu

10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu Champion Belt Rank
Denny Prokopos Black Belt
Adam Sachnoff Black Belt
Leonard Alexander Jr Black Belt
Michael Hillebrand Black Belt
Magnus Embret Henriksen Black Belt
Paul Nikhinson Black Belt
Steve Grubbs Black Belt
Ben Jones Black Belt
Matt Walsh Black Belt
Gregor Strakl Black Belt
Jamie Lapena Black Belt
Mario Gaor Black Belt
Mike Reid Black Belt
Dylan Peters Black Belt
Sean Bollinger Black Belt
Jose Rodgriguez Black Belt
Avery Stebbins Black Belt
Scott Einstein Epstein Black Belt
Conor Heun Black Belt
Gerald Strebendt Black Belt
Jason Georgianna Black Belt
Mike Dewitt Jr. Black Belt
Shigeki Matsuda Black Belt
Brent Littell Black Belt
Craig Beachamp Black Belt
Cade Nelson Black Belt
Jared Carlston Black Belt
Jimmy Morgan Black Belt
Casey Fisher Black Belt
Jascha Little Black Belt
Victor Davilla Black Belt
Ralf Warneking Black Belt
Louie (Luis) Jarez Black Belt
Joe Rogan Black Belt
Louis Ho Black Belt
Vinny Magalhaes Black Belt
Corey Guitard Black Belt
Jeremy Fields Black Belt
Nathan Orchard Black Belt
Geovanny Martinez Black Belt
Ricky Lule Black Belt
John Botello Black Belt
Steeyle Levine Black Belt
Erik D Cruz Black Belt
Randall Dorf Black Belt
Chris Herzog Black Belt
Scott Yockel Black Belt
Brent Alvarez Black Belt
Amir Allam Black Belt
Chai Sirisute Black Belt
Felix Carrada Black Belt
Rick Marshall Black Belt
Al Alejandro Black Belt
Boogeyman Richie Martinez Black Belt
Paul Jacob Barch Black Belt
Frank Barca Black Belt
Alder Hampe Black Belt
Ronald Turner Black Belt
Casey Halstead Black Belt
Eric Ramey Black Belt
Scott Ross Black Belt
Rob Rodriguez Black Belt
Rhasaan Orange Black Belt
Kevin Berbich Black Belt
Tait Fletcher Black Belt
Ruben Rivera Black Belt
Nate Harris Black Belt
Adlai Cleveland Black Belt
Scott Przybylowicz Black Belt
Tracy Dawson Black Belt
Johnathan Shellnut Black Belt
Brandon Mccaghren Black Belt
Sean Applegate Black Belt
Matt Skaff Black Belt
Nathan Wallner Black Belt
Andrew Ramm Black Belt
Ziggy Rivero Black Belt
Nabil Salameh Black Belt
Nate Kleinfeld Black Belt
Curtis Hembroff Black Belt
Lauri Karppinen Black Belt
Brian Beaumont Black Belt
Brian Beaumont Black Belt
Craig Shepley Black Belt
Kevin Nicasio Black Belt
Kelvin Gastelum Black Belt
Richard Mahan Black Belt
Stewart Landry Black Belt
Scott Elliott Black Belt
Leonard Kim Black Belt
Oca Ocasio Black Belt
Marvin Castelle Black Belt
Tony Ferguson Black Belt
Jeremiah Vance Black Belt
Mathew Dempsey Black Belt
Ben Eddy Black Belt
Kim Ferguson Black Belt
Phill Schwartz Black Belt
Patrick Donabedian Black Belt
Scott Palmer Black Belt
Zack Maslany Black Belt
JM Holland Black Belt
Jay Watkins Black Belt
Jon Borrows Black Belt
Frode Nilsen Black Belt

6. IBJJF Registered 10th-Planet Academies

“10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu Academy attracted global attention and earned esteem from the world of Jiu-Jitsu due to its record-breaking performance on national and international grounds.”

The roster of appreciation, accolades, and unbeatable achievements of the 10th-Planet in the No-Gi system solidified its place in grappling art. Now, it has 8 IBJJF registered affiliates.

All these affiliates of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu have been working with full dedication to maintaining their legacy. Moreover, the commitment to excellence of its instructors and practitioners and their commitment to adopting the unique style continuously attracts BJJ enthusiasts all across the globe.

7. Techniques Taught At 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu

The techniques taught by the talented grapplers of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu are:

  • Rubber Guard
  • Lock Drag
  • Lockdown
  • Quarter Guard Strategies
  • Meathook Options
  • Lockdown Strategies
  • Deep Hook
  • Smash Side control
  • Twister Side Attack
  • Quarter Guard Concepts
  • Prison Guard to Spider Web
  • Prison Guard Breakdown
  • Advanced Arm Triangle

8. FAQs

8.1. Where Did The Name Of The 10th Planet Come From?

The founder of 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu, Eddie Bravo was a great advocate of “Zecharia Sitchin Theory '', which states that humans are created by the planet “Nibiru '' or the 12th planet. So. In tribute to this theory, Eddie named his vision of Jiu-Jitsu“10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu”.

8.2. What Is The Distinct Quality Of 10-Planet Jiu-Jitsu?

The distinct feature of the renowned 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu is its unique visionary modern approach to traditional BJJ. In addition, 10th-Planet became synonymous with introducing a new version of combat sport in the grappling world.

8.3. What Is The Belt Rank Of The 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu Founder?

Founder of “10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu”, Eddie Bravo is a 3rd-Degree black belt BJJ champion under Jean Jacques Machado.

9. Conclusion

Eddie Bravo's multifaceted approach to the martial art community and desire to express himself as a game changer in the grappling community became the stepping stone of the 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu Academy. His academy has become a trademark of innovation by establishing his own  No-Gi system and terminologies.

In addition, the undeniable legacy and humble history of Eddie Bravo schools continue to inspire the globe. The unique visionary approach of its grapplers made them influential figures at all levels of gripping art.

However, the discipline, consistency, and dedicated approach of the 10th-Planet Jiu-Jitsu team and practitioners will surely make an outstanding difference in the world of grappling art.  

Photo Credit: @10thplanetfullerton

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