10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Welcome to 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu London.
10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu is an evolutionary development of famed and much admired Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Created a Eddie Bravo its training sets it apart from BJJ by its training and grading system is based purely on no-gi (no kimono, the traditional training uniform) and has continued its growth by maintaining MMA in the forefront of its development.
To understand Eddie and his take on the martial art, we must look at his teacher, Jean-Jacques Machado.
Jean-Jacques is one of five Machado brothers, all of them Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts under Carlos Gracie Jr., their cousin. Jean-Jacques was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which is a disorder when a fetus’ limbs fail to develop normally, and in his case it resulted in Machado not having any fingers on his left hand. Because of this when learning to grapple he couldn’t make extensive use of gi gripes and had to rely heavily on under and over hooks to control opponents.
As a result Jean-Jacques, while an able gi grappler, became an elite no gi grappler. In the early 2000s he won a gold and two silvers in three trips to ADCCs. His academy in Southern California is one of the oldest U.S. schools, home of over 32 black belts.
After receiving his black belt from Machado, Bravo wanted to explore the full potential of the positions he had been experimenting with, but he also had a fascination with MMA. His friend and fellow student of Machado, Joe Rogan had become a commentator with the UFC and helped Bravo get a job on the TV production side. As a result, he had front row seats to the evolution of MMA and the decline of the dominance of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters as wrestlers began to enter the sport and train to defend against BJJ.
Bravo theorized that the problem was that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu had imported the gi from Japan and that the art was overly reliant on the gi. To move jiu-jitsu and keep it competitive in MMA, Bravo decided that he would explore his creativity in the realm of no gi only.
So Bravo traveled to Hollywood and opened his own Jiu-Jitsu school and started developing his own style of no gi Jiu-Jitsu.
He named his style 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, and it was predicated on using flexibility and unusual positions to control and submit opponents. One of the central positions of Bravo’s new style was the rubber guard which uses grips on the legs, in the absence of gi grips, to control an opponent’s posture.
10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu acknowledges the neccessity of experimentation, the process of change and the recognition of value in all styles of grappling. With this in mind, 10th Planet avoids stagnation and continously evolves with a sport that is constantly changing at a rapid rate.