Inside Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

13 Apr 2015 11:40 am Posted by jjwakrat

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According to ancient Sumerian text (at least ancient Sumerian text interpreted by Zecharia Sitchin), there is a 10th planet in our solar system called Nibiru. On this planet exists a species called the Anunnaki, an advanced race of super beings that are more or less responsible for creating everything on earth known to humankind. If there were jiu jitsu on Nibiru, it would look a lot like Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.

That is, at least, how he came up with the name.

Almost everyone in the BJJ community has heard of Eddie Bravo and the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system, and chances are, you either hate it or love it. As history goes, Bravo gained international notoriety by being the first American to submit the legendary Royler Gracie at the 2003 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling championships while still a brown belt. From there, he gained the platform to create the infamous 10th Planet system, and today there are over forty locations throughout the world. This feat has not been achieved without its obstacles, however, as the California native continues to receive plenty of criticism for his unorthodox approach. To say his approach goes outside of tradition would be an understatement.


10 Submissions You Don’t See Everyday

10 Apr 2015 12:53 am Posted by jmorley

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Unless you are a brown or black belt, or constantly train with a lot of brown or black belts, then chances are you aren’t exposed to that many submissions. Until you reach the higher belts, almost everyone uses the same basic submissions – armbars, triangles, Kimuras & Americanas, some variety or collar chokes, RNCs (rear naked chokes) & guillotines, and the occasional leg lock. There are hundreds of submissions in jiu-jitsu, and each of those has numerous variations, leading to thousands of possibilities. It’s impossible to know them all, let alone use them all.  To mix things up, I decided to compile a list of submissions we don’t see everyday. Since there are so many, I whittled the list down to ten uncommon, wicked awesome submissions. If you want some submissions you don’t see everyday, and maybe even add some new tools to your arsenal, you’re in the right place. Without further ado:



This woman knocked out this guy in a MMA match in Brazil

08 Apr 2015 8:46 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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If there’s one person I would never pick a fight with, it’ll be my girlfriend. For one, I’m a gentleman and I won’t raise my hand at a woman. It’s just not right. Secondly, my girlfriend’s a 2nd degree Tae Kwon Do blackbelt who could probably do a spinning jumping back kick that would take my head off. Yeah, she’s pretty deadly, for real. She would probably TKO my ass, much like what you’re going to see in the video below.


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Bellator Winning the Battle to Keep Rampage from the UFC

07 Apr 2015 11:32 am Posted by jjwakrat

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April 25th’s UFC 186 is becoming one of those cards that can’t catch a break: injuries and positive drug tests have already heavily rattled the event. T.J. Dillashaw was supposed to defend his bantamweight title belt versus Nova União nemesis Renan Barão, but unfortunately damaged his ribs and had to pull out. Rory MacDonald was supposed to fight Hector Lombard but Lombard got popped for the juice. That’s all right, however, as that allowed Rory to finally get that very deserved title shot against current champion and former opponent Robbie Lawler.

With a flyweight title fight between current champion Demetrius Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi, UFC 186 also counts on a handful of what will most likely be great fights. One of those fights was the UFC return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who—after losing three straight to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira in the UFC—rediscovered his mojo in the Bellator promotion, collecting three straight wins over Joey Beltran, Christian M’Pumbu and Muhammad Lawal.


Anderson Appears in First Three Episodes of TUF Brasil 4

06 Apr 2015 3:29 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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The Ultimate Fighter Brasil 4 launched in Brazil, on Globo, late this past Easter Sunday, and Anderson Silva was in it. In fact, the team over which Minotauro took control is still going by Team Anderson.

For this edition of the show, Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua—legends of the sport and national heroes in Brazil—were tapped to become the season’s coaches. Silva, however, will only stick around for three episodes, as he was flagged with illicit performance-enhancing drugs in his system around the time he fought Nick Diaz at UFC 183 after having been away from the Octagon for a year due to a gruesome injury suffered versus Chris Weidman the second and last time both middleweights battled for the belt that once belonged to Silva.

This is the first time the Brazilian edition of the show isn’t recorded in São Paulo, which means that this was one of the first times many of these fighters ever left their home country.


Cris Cyborg Signs with the UFC

25 Mar 2015 6:23 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Check it, Ronda Rousey is headed to Brazil to give another one of her unforgettable performance on August 1st. She’ll defend her title versus Bethe Correia, one of two very vocal Brazilian ladies who want nothing more than the blonde head of the current women’s bantamweight champion of the world.

The other one is, you guessed it, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. But while in the past Cyborg vs. Rowdy has been nothing but talk, it seems like we’re approaching the day in which we will actually see Cyborg challenge Rowdy’s belt. No one’s made any official statements yet, but the current Invicta FC featherweight champ has taken to her social media to challenge Ronda yet again, announcing that she’s in fact signed a contract with the UFC.


Aisling Daly Is Unsurprised by Jedrzejczyk’s Victory over ‘One-Dimensional’ Esparza

23 Mar 2015 2:47 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Enjoying her first real break since filming of TUF: A Champion Will Be Crowned, ‘Ais the Bash’ Daly is gearing up for the sternest test of her career when she meets Claudia Gadelha in Krakow on April 11.

On her exit from the TUF house, Daly was adamant that the biggest challenges that would stand in the way of her winning the strawweight title would exist outside of the series’ original cast. The Dubliner’s theory proved correct on March 14 when Polish starlet Joanna Jedrzejczyk dethroned Carla Esparza in her first title defense.


Imminent MMA Legalization in NY: Ronda Rousey Heads to Empire State to Lobby

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Since the arrest of Sheldon Silver—former New York State Assembly speaker and shadowy opponent of MMA in the Empire State—on account of a series of corruption charges, the horizon has looked bright and fertile in terms of legalizing and regulating professional mixed martial arts in the state.

The sport has been effectively banished from New York State since 1997, when governor George Pataki outlawed it. Since then, according to Lorenzo Fertitta, an unresolved feud with the Culinary Union in Las Vegas has carried over to the union’s allies in New York, who have worked arduously to keep professional MMA out of the state. Fertitta is a majority owner of Station Casinos, which employs thousands of non-unionized workers who refuse to join the ranks of the union.


Completing the cards: ONE Championship heavyweight division plus another

20 Mar 2015 8:52 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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As ONE Championship continues to take shape as a dominant force in the Mixed Martial Arts realm, one of the natural steps it must take is to crown a champ for all its divisions.

Of all the divisions that doesn’t have a king yet, the heavyweight class is the most talked about. The 220-pounds-and-above bracket has UFC veteran and Muay Thai monster, Brandon Vera, who made waves on his Asian MMA debut last December; it has ex-pro basketball player Chi Lewis-Parry who’s emerging to be an unstoppable destroyer with a clean 6-0 win-loss record; and, it has former American Football player Paul Cheng who has grabbed back-to-back wins already in the promotion.

Even with these talented and interesting figures at the roster, ONE Championship Vice President, Rich Franklin, notes that the organization cannot yet have a heavyweight titleholder


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Casey Suire: the American daredevil takes on Mark Striegl on ONE FC

07 Mar 2015 7:46 am Posted by jjwakrat

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The next ONE FC event takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 13, 2015. Indonesia-based and trained Casey Suire takes on his toughest opponent yet in Mark Striegl.

It’s not often one hears of an American training MMA in Indonesia, and even rarer when someone actually began their MMA career in the Southeast Asian country. Suire is that man. He’s racked up a comfortable 5-0 with 4 chokes and a KO fighting in Southeast Asia, with his most recent wins being in ONE FC as first round finishes of Raymond Tan and Stephen Langdown.

Aside from his record and those two fights on tape, there isn’t much else out there about Suire. Therefore, ASIA MMA caught up with Suire just before fight week to find out what makes him tick.



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