I remember the drive to Hollywood. I was so nervous, I wasn't sure what to expect. All I knew was that I wanted to learn all I could about 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.
Reading books no longer worked for me. I came from a very traditional style of Jiu Jitsu where not only were we a closed gym, but innovation was scoffed at and frowned upon. My thirst for Jiu Jitsu could not be quenched. I would read any book I could get and buy all the magazines just to see what was happening in the world outside my school.
I remember exiting the freeway, the feeling inside was exciting and anxious. We walked in filled out waivers and headed to the mats. I couldn't believe that Eddie Bravo himself was standing on the mats telling stories. Remember up to this point I had only seen him in books and magazines. I was in shock but was stoked to be there.
We went through the class and it occurred to me that Eddies technical approach and complete understanding of technique was unparalleled.
Eddie then stopped the class and we started to roll. I'll never forget rolling with Brent Littell, let's just say that I learned a lot about what Jiu Jitsu could and should be.
I was sold on the system and my life was forever changed. I had the chance to talk to Master Eddie that night and I truely appreciate his time. Our conversation really changed me, it was as if someone open the windows and let fresh air in, I was excited about the future, I didn't know at that time that Jiu Jitsu would provide for my family and I but I was excited.
Over the next few years a ton of things happened. I learned that Eddie was an artist not just in Jiu Jitsu but in music and writing as well. I think this is why he is such a powerful instructor. He can use Jiu Jitsu as an expression of his artistic nature.
The Rematch this was highly anticipated. Not only for the world to see, but for Eddie to prove to the world that 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu is here to stay and that the first match was no fluke.
The atmosphere in the room was crazy. That night was amazing, I watched my Jiu Jitsu Master go out on the biggest stage and perform perfectly. This event galvanized our team and exploded 10th Planet into prominence.
07/27/2015 Ron and I received our Black Belts under Eddie Bravo. To this day it still seems unreal to me. The one thing that I have learned is that Master Eddie trusts me enough to represent him and 10th Planet as an ambassador and a Black Belt.
This realization gave me the confidence to go all in on Jiu Jitsu. I just want to say thank you to Master Eddie Bravo for trusting me with this responsibility, because of the work you put in I am able to live the dream. I am now a full time Jiu Jitsu instructor. I give all credit to my 10th Planet family, JJ Machado and Master Eddie Bravo.