What is 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu?
Founder of 10th Planet
In 2003, after earning a black belt under Jean-Jacques Machado, Eddie Bravo opened his first 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu school in Los Angeles, California. Bravo's system emphasizes developing students for submission-only grappling competition rather than points. He focused his jiu-jitsu training without the traditional gi, becoming one of the first jiu-jitsu schools to do so. The idea behind this was to try to implement as many of the techniques as possible in mixed martial arts(MMA) competitions. Bravo worked for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) during this time and felt high-level jiu-jitsu practitioners weren't winning as much as they should have, mainly attributing this to them wearing a gi when training jiu-jitsu but competing in MMA without one. 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu has been controversial since its inception. Abandonding the gi drew some backlash from other Jiu-Jitsu schools and there has been debate as to how much 10th Planet techniques, most notably its iterations of the rubber guard, translates to MMA.
In addition to the original 10th Planet headquarters in Los Angeles, there are over 100 schools worldwide.
We now welcome 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu to Irvine California.
Brown Belt Wes Levine is an active competitor with great passion in sharing his knowledge of Jiu Jitsu with his students. He leads the regular 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and the Nogi Fundamentals program.
Black Belt Matt Salinas is an active competitor who travels the world to share his great knowledge of Jiu Jitsu. He is the Head Jiu Jitsu Coach for the Team Oyama Fighters.