Eddie Bravo is an American-born martial arts instructor, stand-up comedian, music producer, and author. As one of the most polarizing figures in the Brazillian jiu-jitsu martial arts, Bravo is the founder of the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu and also the founder of the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI) tournament.
Eddie Bravo Bio (Age)
Eddie Bravo was born Edgar A. Cano on May 15, 1970, in Los Angeles County, California. However, he later dropped his biological father’s last name and adopted that of his stepfather. His parents are both from Mexico. Bravo was a very active teenager as he developed an interest in both music and sports. He learned how to play the guitar at the age of 10 and was a member of his high school’s American football team. Apart from this, Eddie was part of the school’s wrestling team.
Throughout the 1980s, Eddie Bravo played in several music bands. He eventually moved to Hollywood, California in 1991 with the dreams of launching his music career. He formed his first music band ‘Blackened Kill Symphony’, a rap-metal and goth band, however, it wasn’t quite successful. Bravo also worked as a DJ in order to support himself.
Eddie Bravo developed an interest in martial arts and karate through several visits to the gym. In 1994, he was inspired to take up a professional career in martial arts after watching legendary martial artist Royce Gracie win multiple Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titles. Bravo was trained in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu by Jean Jacques Machado, a member of the famed Machado family of martial artists. He also trained in the Jeet Kune Do martial arts system from 1996 to 1998.
When his training was completed, Bravo decided to quit every other form of martial arts to concentrate fully on jiu-jitsu. He earned a blue belt as well as a purple belt in relatively quick succession. He equally developed his own signature techniques including the spinal lock submission hold and the rubber guard.
After obtaining a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, Eddie Bravo entered the 145 lb/66 kg division of the 2003 Abu-Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championship which marked a major career highlight for the jiu-jitsu enthusiast. Though he didn’t win the tournament, Bravo was shot to international prominence after defeating Gustavo Dantas in the elimination round and also defeating four-time world champion and three-time ADCC champion Royler Gracie in the quarter-finals.
Following his meteoric rise to stardom, Eddie Bravo was awarded a black belt by his teacher Jean Jacques Machado when he returned to the United States. Bravo eventually developed the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a non-traditional system of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The first 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu school is located in Los Angeles, California. He has also authored several books on the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu martial arts discipline.
In 2003, Eddie Bravo had a brief stint as a sketch comedy writer on Comedy Central’s The Man Show. He also served as a UFC post-fight analyst, commentator, reporter and unofficial judge. In addition to his job with the UFC, Bravo also worked as a fight commentator for other martial arts promotions like Pride Fighting Championships and King of the Cage. In 2010, he abandoned his media gigs to concentrate fully on his self-developed style of jiu-jitsu. Bravo founded the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI), a no-gi submission-only grappling tournament in 2014. He has since also introduced Combat Jiu-Jitsu events. In 2018, Bravo returned to the media as he started performing in stand-up comedy shows.
His Family, Wife, and Son
Eddie Bravo is married to Lux Kassidy. The duo got engaged after dating for a long while. In March 2012, while planning their wedding, they welcomed their first child together, a son named Draco Lee Bravo. They eventually put their wedding on hold following the birth of their son.
Eddie Bravo’s Net Worth
Since delving into martial arts in the 1990s, Eddie Bravo has remained a prominent personality in the sport. Having made a smooth transition from a fighter to an instructor, Bravo has equally remained consistent with the promotion of his self-developed 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu system. All these coupled with his numerous media gigs bring the net worth of the martial arts promoter to an estimate of $1.5 million.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Eddie Bravo stands at an impressive height of 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm) and maintains a bodyweight of 66 kg (146 lb). He has a chest circumference of 38 inches (96.5 cm) with biceps and waist size of 14.5 inches (37 cm) and 30 inches (76 cm).