The evolution of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is as fast as it’s ever been. One of the biggest changes in the past decades is the focus on NoGi Grappling, which means to train/compete in Jiu-Jitsu without wearing the traditional Gi. It is safe to say that no other BJJ personality is more known for this than Eddie Bravo, the founder of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu.
Eddie Bravo is considered as one of the biggest innovators in the Jiu-Jitsu scene, a technical master who has his own unique vision on what BJJ should be in the context of modern MMA. Today we will talk about the system that he created and how it has helped NoGi Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts as a whole.
What is 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu?
10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu is Eddie Bravo’s own interpretation on how BJJ should be expressed in MMA.
Since the Gi is not used in 10th Planet, there is a heavy focus on clinching to control your opponent. 10th Planet is known for using a bunch of unique moves and setups.
Probably the most popular of these would be the Rubber Guard, a variant of the high guard that is done by placing your leg on the back of your opponent’s head.
It’s a highly offensive position in the sense that a number of offensive flows start from it, it is also not commonly used in other “traditional” BJJ schools so not everyone is aware on the counters to it.
Probably the most important feature of the 10th Planet system is their systematic approach to the game.
Their approach to Jiu-Jitsu is super organized, so much so that even transitions that typically have no names are given one to make movements easier to remember.
Their warmups are something to behold as well! They currently have a HUGE selection of warmups and all academies under their association use it on a regular basis.
Is 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Effective?
Yes, it is! They have produced a number of high-level grapplers in such a short amount of time.
10th Planet has represented their style in high profile competition such as ADCC Trials, Quintet & EBI.
While they may not have produced an ADCC or IBJJF World Champion as of yet, they consistently show year after year that they can hang with the best of the best.
Some of the more notable practitioners of 10th Planet system are Geo & Ritchie Martinez, Denny Prokopos and Joe Rogan.
The 10th Planet system is not only used in the NoGi circuit, but also in Mixed Martial Arts.
Tony Ferguson, former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion, is a black belt under Eddie Bravo. He has shown the effectiveness of this grappling style on numerous occasions.
He has fought against some of the best fighters in the world and is currently well regarded as one of the top fighters pound-for-pound.
He actually won the UFC Interim belt via triangle choke, a technique typically seen in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Like it or not 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu is here to stay. Martial arts are all about expressing oneself while paying respects to your roots. Eddie Bravo has done just that in my opinion.
He revolutionized the sport by being open to different possibilities, techniques, and philosophies. He acknowledged that the art is great but needs a little tweaking to make it more lethal in MMA. People may disagree with his approach but the results speak for itself.