Guests: Episodes with Eddie Bravo

Edgar Cano, known as Eddie Bravo (born May 15, 1970), is a prominent figure in multiple disciplines, including martial arts, podcasting, stand-up comedy, and music. In 2003, after obtaining a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he pioneered his unique style of the martial art and established 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. Bravo is also the founder of the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI), a grappling competition, and the related EBI ruleset. His recurring appearances on The Joe Rogan Experience and the Tin Foil Hat Podcast have further cemented his reputation.

Born as Edgar A. Cano on May 15, 1970, he later took his stepfather’s last name, Bravo. From an early age, Bravo expressed interest in music, picking up the drums and guitar, and formed numerous bands with the dream of achieving musical stardom. Besides his passion for music, Bravo was actively engaged in sports, participating in American football and wrestling in high school.

In 1991, Bravo relocated to Hollywood, California, to chase his musical dreams, forming a band named Blackened Kill Symphony. He started working out to maintain a desirable physique for his performances, and his fitness journey led him to take karate classes. After witnessing Royce Gracie’s victory in a UFC event in 1994, Bravo chose to pursue Brazilian jiu-jitsu under the mentorship of Jean Jacques Machado and attended a Jeet Kune Do academy from 1996 to 1998.

By 1998, Bravo decided to dedicate his time solely to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Around this time, he began to devise strategies to outmaneuver his opponents, including a unique spinal lock submission hold, the “Twister”. In 2003, Bravo competed in the Abu-Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championship as a brown belt, surprising everyone with a victory over Gustavo Dantas. He continued his winning streak by defeating the acclaimed champion, Royler Gracie, before losing to Léo Vieira. On his return to the U.S., Bravo was promoted to a black belt by Machado, and soon after, he inaugurated his first 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu school in Los Angeles, introducing a no-gi jiu-jitsu system.

In 2014, Bravo and Royler Gracie faced off once again in a twenty-minute grappling contest at Metamoris III, which resulted in a draw. The same year, Bravo launched the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI), a no-gi submission-only grappling tournament. In 2016, EBI and UFC joined forces to present EBI events on UFC’s Fight Pass streaming service. Bravo subsequently added Combat Jiu-Jitsu to his events, allowing open-hand strikes on the ground.

After taking a brief hiatus from EBI in 2018, Bravo pivoted towards developing Combat Jiu-Jitsu, launching the Combat Jiu-Jitsu World Championships. In 2022, Bravo announced the return of the Eddie Bravo Invitational after a nearly four-year break. Concurrently, he started a project integrating the EBI and CJJ rulesets into an exclusive event for female competitors, named Medusa Female-Only Jiu-Jitsu. The inaugural event was held on October 2, 2021, featuring EBI Strawweight and CJJ Bantamweight tournaments.

Bravo, father to a son born in 2012, is a vocal advocate of marijuana, attributing part of his early achievements, such as the Rubber Guard invention, to regular cannabis use. He is also known for his appearances on the Joe Rogan podcast and his interest in conspiracy theories, including beliefs in a flat Earth, a single world government, and controlled demolition theories related to the 9/11 events.