Eddie Bravo is an American martial arts instructor, he attracted public attention in 2003 when he was given a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu. His love for this sport began very early, he discovered his talent with only seven years. From childhood, Eddie was very devoted to karate, he studied new disciplines and wanted to become an instructor of this sport one day.

When he won the black belt, Bravo decided to go on a different adventure, he had the goal of forming a new direction in this sport. On this challenge Bravo had great support from his family and other athletes. For years he has been working intensively on new technics and methods, in order to establish his own style in this sport.

This style was completely different from other styles in Jiu-Jitsu, it had other techniques and required a lot of effort. Bravo shaped his style with various techniques he found in karate, yoga and meditation. He discovered that Jiu-Jitsu is a very demanding sport, and a person who wants to understand it essence must be psychologically stable.

In addition to this sport, Eddie is a great fan of Chinese and Japanese culture. In many interviews he said that he feel very close to their beliefs, religion and culture. Eddie discovered that for years he wanted to find peace and freedom in his soul, and that meditation was very helpful for this goal.

In addition to sports, Eddie is deeply connected with art, especially with music. He is also a great fan of comedy, in 2004 Eddie for the first time he participated in the competition for the best comedian. His friends believed that Eddie had a great talent, so he wanted to find out if he was really that good.

In a competition held in 2004 in New York, Eddie won the first prize. The audience loved his jokes, enjoyed listening his stories, and everyone was impressed by his talent.

However, Eddie never likes to say that he is a comedian, he does not believe that this is his profession, but Eddie is the founder of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, invented in 2003, and today there are many people who enjoy learning this type of Jiu-Jitsu. This type of Jiu-Jitsu is recognized by the International Sports Organization.

However, Eddie’s Jiu-Jitsu is mostly trained in America, he currently has several sports salons located in the US, and instructors of this sport are very pleased with Eddie’s design of this sport. Like every other sport, this one has its own competitions.

At the beginning Eddie was not sure if people would want to train the sport he had invented, so he decided not to form a competition. However, after a few years, this sport got a lot of supporters, so he decided to form ‘Eddie Bravo Invitational’ Grappling competitions. These competitions have many rules and it is held every summer in different countries across America.

Eddie began to follow his dreams very early, and he was ready to work hard, be persistent in order to achieve them. He proved that he was not only a talented athlete, but also an excellent musician, actor and comic writer. His talent is closely related to art, sports, yoga and meditation.

In this text, we will not only talk about his career and the great success he has achieved in Jiu-Jitsu, we will also speak about his private life, childhood, growing up and many important events that have taken place in his life. 

Early life

Bravo was born in 1970 in Santa Ana, California. His biological parents were Mexicans, but he never had a good relationship with his parents.

As a child, he tried several times to escape from the house. His father was a strict man, he often beat and harassed his son. His mother was also a victim of violence, but she did not want to leave her husband. His mother did not have the support of her family, although she suffered various insults on her husband’s every day.

When Eddie was 10 years old, his father died. Although it was a very sad and painful moment in his life, Eddie was finally happy because he could live peacefully with his mother.

After several years, Eddie’s mother found a new boyfriend, Eddie was very happy about her mother. Her new partner was very close to Eddie, he was his great support, so his mother decided to get married again. Eddie was very close to his stepfather, they communicated openly, and his stepfather was his great support, so Eddie decided to change his last name in Bravo.

During the elementary school, Eddie was a great fan of music, so he started playing drums and guitar. His talent was noticed by the professor, so he often took part in various competitions. Eddie believed that he would become a successful musician, he never thought that someday he would become a martial arts instructor. When he was only 7 years old, his biological father enroll Eddie to the karate school. Although at the beginning he was not happy about it, he developed a great love for this sport.

When he started high school, Eddie had one goal to perfect his musical talent, but the future had other plans for him.

During High School, his professors noticed his talent in martial arts, so Eddie seriously devote himself to this sport. He joined the Wrestling team at school, and in the meantime played American football, he also played drums and guitar.

His sports career slowly started to progress, he participated in numerous competitions and won awards. In the meantime, Eddie, together with his friends, founded the Blackened Kill Symphony band. After participated at UFC, Bravo decided to become a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, this sport awoke a special energy in him.

Eddie had a big respect for the work of Jean Jacques Machado, who was the founder of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, his work was recognized throughout the world and he was one of the most influential people in this sport.

Brazil’s Jiu-Jitsu was the most popular category in this sport, thousands of people have been learning different techniques and skills every day. Eddie managed to become one of the best Machado students, he helped him to improve his knowledge and his martial arts.


When he became a Machado student, Eddie realized how demanding this sport was. He wanted to completely dedicate to this sport, so he decided to stop with all other activities. He temporarily stopped playing music, and decided to devote his energy to Jiu-Jitsu.

Machado had a great influence on his student, he helped him to improve his skills, to get to know himself and to free his emotions. During the days he spent with his teacher, Eddie completely changed his thinking, became a different person, freed his fears and renewed his inner energy.

As time went by, Eddie began to understand himself and his personality, he had a clear goal, and that was becoming a new Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and forming his own category in this sport.

After two years, Eddie got a blue karate belt, and only a year after that, he got a purple belt. In 2003 Eddie for the first time participated in a major competition, in the World Championship in Wrestling. After winning in this competition Eddie won the black belt in karate. A few months after winning the black belt, Eddie decided to realize his dream and become a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.

In that period, Eddie felt that he was ready for a new chapter in his career. Many of his friends and colleagues believed that Eddie could make big changes in this sport, and that his techniques and thoughts were quite different from his colleagues. In 2004 Eddie founded the first school of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, his school was founded in Los Angeles, and after a few years Eddie expanded this sport, and opened numerous sports halls throughout America.

After opening his own school, Eddie decided to withdraw from the competition, he wanted to dedicate his energy to this sport and to help his students. However, in 2014 he played the match with Gracie, the match ended with an equalized result.

After the match, Eddie said that he did not invest too much in this game, and that he was more focused on other things in his life. After this match, Eddie decided to introduce novelties into his sport, he decided to organize various competitions in order to attract as many people as possible to train this sport.

Personal life

When we talk about his private life, we have to note that we do not have too much information about Eddie Bravo’s life. He never mentioned his private life in public, but he was always ready to talk about sports as well as about his achievements in sports.

Currently, Eddie is married to Lux Kassidy, and together they have one son. Eddie has written five books so far, his first book was published in 2003, and it talked about his experience and theories in Jiu-Jitsu.

He published his latest book ‘Eddie’ in 2014, this book discusses his development and the founding of his own Jiu-Jitsu school.

In his latest book, Eddie said that he had accomplished all his dreams, and that he had become a totally different person. He acknowledged that for years he did not understand himself and his feelings, but thanks to his teacher and with the help of yoga and meditation, he managed to understand his personality

Quick Summary

Full name: Edgar Bravo (born. Cano)

Nickname: Eddie

Date of birth: May 15th 1970

Age: 49

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States of America

Profession/Occupation: Martial arts instructor, comedian, musician.

Net worth: about $1 million

Height: 5 feet 9 inch

Weight: 75 kg