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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu was started by Eddie Bravo who is a Blackbelt under Jean Jacques Machado, one of the five Machado brothers. Jean Jacques is a Blackbelt under Carlos Gracie. Eddie had success in high-level competition - most notably in ADCC 2003 No-Gi when he fought Royler Gracie who was favored by a wide margin against Eddie (who was a Brownbelt at the time). In an exciting match Eddie was able to submit Royler with a triangle (with Joe Rogan on the side cheering!). Eddie then returned to California and received his Blackbelt from Jean Jacques. Next, he started looking into ways to evolve Jiu Jitsu for MMA because the Guard, while effective in the beginning of MMA/UFC, was no longer as effective. Jean Jacques inspired Eddie with his strong clinch technique using underhooks and overhooks. Eddie also decided that naming each position was critical to teaching consistently.

Evolving Jiu-jitsu

In looking to evolve Closed Guard he developed and named a new guard game called the “Rubber Guard” which is essentially a high closed guard and clinch system with paths and options that contain numerous submissions such as:

  • Rubber Guard “Main path” to Omaplata

  • Meat hook to triangle and gogo clinch

  • Main path to reverse triangle to triangle to armbar

  • Dead Orchard (two arms triangle with arm bar)

  • Haselett

  • Death from below

  • ...and more

Eddie also improved half guard by developing the “Lockdown” game that leads to sweeps and submissions such as Electric Chair, Dogfight + sweep, and more.

This evolution of jiu jitsu caught the attention of several MMA fighters such as Tony Ferguson (UFC Lightweight Champion 2017), Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (Bellator Flyweight Champion), Ben “Killa B” Saunders, Alan Belcher, Matt Horwich, and Vinny Magalhaes.

Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie Rematch Metamoris 3

Robin Black breaks down the amazing grappling rematch between Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie.

The video shows the second jiu jitsu match between Eddie and Royler Gracie in Metamoris 3.

Eddie shows how he used the lockdown game to control his opponent and put him into a leglock submission. Bravo's innovative 10th Planet style was on display and Robin walks you through it all.

10th Planet for MMA 

Thanks to the rise of MMA, the evolution of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has never been more apparent. As the ultimate testing ground for all martial arts, the need for a no-gi system that was applicable to MMA became even more obvious, especially to 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo. Unlike traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where the use of the gi for attacks is emphasized, 10th Planet focuses on clinching and overhooks, which, Eddie believed, was more suitable for MMA.

10th Planet has strong applications for MMA, many will use rubber guard to stop strikes to the head, lockdown to recover a smashed half guard and many other positions. There are various other attacking and defensive options as BJJ has many positions to master. If you are a flexible fighter who is athletic, has an aggressive guard 

10th planet is probably going to appeal to your style of fighting.


Well known UFC fighter and former champion Tony Ferguson is a well known 10th Planet black belt under Eddie Bravo.

About 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Amsterdam

We are a passionate, respectful, positive group of martial artists that seeks to spread the fun and personal growth that Jiu Jitsu provides. Our team is proud and happy to be part of the Dutch and European Jiu Jitsu communities, We offer a friendly yet competitive class environment to push you to a new level.

We pride ourselves on providing nothing but the best instruction and training in The Netherlands.

All of our classes are taught by professional fighters and competitors in their field. Our no-gi Jiu Jitsu instruction welcomes students of all skill-levels to grow in their training. We have some of the best instructors in the Europe teaching progressive and innovative techniques that are on the cutting edge of no-gi grappling.

 10th Planet Amsterdam mainly focuses on strictly no-gi Jiu-Jitsu and offers submission grappling classes every day. With my positive experience visiting a 10th Planet in Koh Tao, Thailand, I was excited to revisit another affiliate. The academy was led by Raoul Audhoe and Emad Ahmedin who are purple belts, but do not let their ranks fool you. Both instructors have cross-trained in MMA and other various martial arts and are actively competing in the submission grappling world in Europe. Further, they annually host Amsterdam Jiu-Jitsu Camp that invites famous athletes including Jean Jacques Machado, Masakazu Imanari, and Geo Martinez to this beautiful city to share passion and experiences with other Jiu-Jitsu practitioners from all over the world.

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