Why Eddie Bravo names everything


Eddie Bravo, on a BJJ seminar tour of the UK, speaks exclusively to Fighters Only. The piece cuts between seminar footage and Bravo taking questions.

On Matt Riddle's release, Bravo was understandably against it.

"Matthew Riddle is a great fighter," said Bravo. "To cut him for taking medicine - medicine that kills no one, medicine that shrinks brain tumors - he got cut for that. That's a shame."

Then the subject turned to Bravo's convention of naming every technique and transition. Bravo, the most innovative figure in Jiu-Jitsu, frequently receives criticism for his convention of naming every move he teaches, in a sport where the tradition from Brazil is to call most techniques either "this one" or "that one."

***As an aside, saying "this one" or "that one" with a Brazilian accent makes it funnier.***

Some, like the Ruber Guard and the Lockdown have come into very wide usage. Others, like the Gangsta Lean and Crack Head control have been subject to largely good-natured criticism.

But Bravo is not kidding with his naming.

"Royce Gracie has even said this," explained Bravo. "His father, Helio, the grandmaster of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, purposefully didn't name every move, and purposefully didn't name every transition. Royce will tell you that."

"To not name every move and not name every transition makes it harder to teach. In America, we name everything, to make it easier to convey the knowledge, to share the knowledge, to pass it on.
That's the only reason I named every transition, every more."

"There's still some moves I need names for. Like I said the sport is still constantly changing and evolving. To maximize my teaching ability, I've got to name everything.

"The names are cool - sometimes they're stupid, sometimes they're goofy, sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're amazing. But regardless, it is all about making it easier to share the knowledge, and to pass it on. That's it.

"90% of transitions are not named, and that's just ridiculous. In a secret society where you don't want the information passed on, maybe in that situation it's a bad thing to name everything. But I am all about sharing and teaching everything, so you got to name everything.

"Every name has a different story. Some are stupid, but in the long run, it doesn't matter what the name is.

"Just like in Rock n Roll, it doesn't matter what the name of the band is, it really doesn't. If the music is good, it doesn't matter. There's bands out there called Hootie and the Blowfish, Smashing Pumpkins, those are some dumb-ass names. But once a band is established, it's not dumb any more, it's classic.

"Same thing with Jiu-Jitsu - Omoplata, the traditional Brazilian name - that sounds stupid. And so does Gogoplata. That's ridiculous! But, after you get used to it, it's just the norm. And it's not stupid any more, and it's not ridiculous..."

So what do you think UG?


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PrettyBoy site profile image  

3/5/13 1:12 PM by PrettyBoy

This is the beauty of the UG. Bro Hugs all around.

MainelyBJJ site profile image  

3/5/13 11:08 AM by MainelyBJJ

Oh and sorry for your loss.  :(

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3/5/13 11:07 AM by MainelyBJJ

Thats not how I read your comment or how it came across to me im sorry.  :)   They way I read u came across stating that the whole Medical part was a bunch of crap.  Thats the way i took it anyway.    Its all good.  :)

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3/5/13 10:54 AM by likatiga

You're missing my point.I very recently watched my mother in law die of the worst kinds of cancer. Three years of dying.During that time, she had trouble with her appetite and pain. So, my wife and I being smokers, we convinced her to try MJ. She was 60 and this was the first time in her life she had tried it. It worked enough to the point that we took her to a Dr. and had him prescribe a card to her. She smoked about every other day, just when she needed that nudge to eat something.I'm sorry, tell me again how I'm dumb about "M"MJ?

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3/5/13 10:05 AM by MainelyBJJ

As far as MMJ goes U 2 are dumb as mud!    :)    

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3/5/13 9:49 AM by Silva vs Fedor

I totally agree with everything he said, especially transitions. So many variations as a white belt it's all very hard to remember and put together.I've done a few sports and a little bit of boxing but BJJ was the first sport I ever did and though of as a complete mind-F***.Nothing wrong with throwing a label on something to tighten up the general understanding of the gym/students.It's a good thing for teaching and learning.

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3/5/13 9:27 AM by jaytrainwreck

You can't bunch in Eddie with the Lloyd Irvin types, as he sells quality products at reasonable prices.

NicolasExitBJJ site profile image  

3/5/13 3:38 AM by NicolasExitBJJ

Helio didn't name his technique on purpose to keep it secret? Suuuuuure... and that's why weed smokers get labeled as paranoid

Lorenzo Luciano site profile image  

3/5/13 3:25 AM by Lorenzo Luciano

I feel the same way when I see old hippies talking about needing to take their"medicine". And I am a full time smoker.

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3/5/13 1:56 AM by Soup Nazi

Makes perfect sense, imo.