My name is Jason Mallory and I trained with Eddie 'the twister' Bravo for a year while I was living in LA. I started training BJJ with Maricio Acosta, a Rickson Gracie black belt. I received my blue belt from Renato Magno of Street Sports Machado Jiu Jitsu and Eddie gave me my purple belt from 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.
For those that may not know Eddie is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jean-Jacques Machado. His most notable win in grappling competition was against legendary Royler Gracie when he was only a brown belt in the 2003 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championships.
Eddie won by Triangle choke with a setup that Jean-Jacques taught him. Royler is one of the most accomplished fighters of the Gracie family and had never been submitted by Triangle Choke before or since the match that I know of.
Eddie Bravo is an innovator of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has the ability to look at jiu jitsu from a different angle.
Jiu Jitsu was itself and advancement of the Japanese Jujutsu/Judo (depending on who you talk to). The Gracie family developed their style over a 70 year period down in Brazil and today Gracie Jiu Jitsu is recognized as a separate form of jiu jitsu.
10th Planet Jiu Jitsu is the further advancement of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Eddie's clinching style of no-gi jiu jitsu is different from that practiced with the gi.
The way that Eddie breaks it down makes a lot of sense.
He observed that both Judo players and Greco Roman Wrestlers have the same initial goal. Take their opponent down. The Judo players wear a gi so the way that they take their opponent down is very different from the way that Wrestlers do.
The Greco Roman Wrestler is going to use overhooks, underhooks and body locks while the Judo player is going to use the sleeve and collar of the gi to setup throws and takedowns. Same goal, take your opponent down. Two very different ways to accomplish this goal.
The same principle applies to ground fighting.
When the UFC was first started by the Gracie family Royce was destroying everybody. This made everyone that was serious about fighting take notice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Next thing you know everybody is cross training in jiu jitsu. Even if they called it 'submission defense' the truth is that defending submissions is still part of jiu jitsu.
As the knowledge and skill level of other fighters began to catch up to the Brazilians we started to see a shift. There were a number of top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters including some of the Gracies that were getting ground & pounded from their backs in the Full Guard.
Eddie was watching this happen and he was sharp enough to pinpoint the problem and put it into words. He noticed that everybody training in BJJ practiced with the Japanese style gi and used the sleeve and collar to setup their attacks and transitions.
The problem was that when they went into an MMA event their opponents were not wearing a gi. As a result a great percentage of their game was gone with the wind.