If you’ve been a No-Gi BJJ fan for awhile, you’d be familiar with the unique style of the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, headed by Eddie Bravo. Known to many as the inventor of the infamous rubber guard, Bravo’s creative techniques have garnered a huge following throughout the BJJ and MMA community. In fact, the Evolve Fight Team‘s very own ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki and ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, have won some of their fights using Bravo’s techniques.
Who better to teach these techniques than Denny Prokopos, the 1st 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu black belt and one of the top featherweight grapplers in the US. He’s also a 3x World Champion in No-Gi Grappling and currently heads 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu in San Francisco, California.
If you’re a No-Gi/MMA fan, luckily for you, Denny Prokopos will be heading to Evolve MMA for a seminar on 23 July. If this isn’t enough to convince you, read on as Evolve Daily shares 4 Reasons Why You Should Attend The Denny Prokopos No-Gi Seminar:
1) Because you want to take your no-gi grappling game to the next level
In 2003, Eddie Bravo did the unthinkable and submitted the legendary Royler Gracie at the ADCC World Championships. A brown belt at the time, Bravo became the first man to ever submit Royler Gracie at a tournament. This win propelled Bravo to start his own gym, based on his unique style of jiu-jitsu. Hence, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu was founded.
Today, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu has become known for their MMA and no-gi based grappling system, developed on the unique style of jiu-jitsu Eddie Bravo used against Royler Gracie in ADCC. By attending Denny Prokopos’ seminar, you’ll be able to learn the techniques Bravo has imparted to his students. There’s no doubt that these techniques will help improve your no-gi grappling game as you explore a different style of jiu-jitsu.
2) Because you want to improve your grappling for MMA
Unlike BJJ, which is gi centric, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu is completely focused on no-gi grappling. If you’ve been taking MMA or no-gi classes, you’ll notice that some gi techniques simply do not translate to a no-gi situation. At the Denny Prokopos seminar, you’ll learn more ways to control your opponent in an MMA or no-gi context. You’ll also discover new escapes that lead to submissions (with funky names to boot) and a whole lot more!
3) Because you keep on getting stuck in the lockdown
Derived from an old Judo technique, the lockdown is an effective, more secure variation of the BJJ half guard. It allows you to sweep and submit while still giving you ample control over your opponent. Although this move was popularized by 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, many BJJ practitioners use this position — with or without the gi.
If you’ve ever come across the lockdown in BJJ, no-gi, or MMA sparring, you’ll know how difficult it is to escape from this position. There’s no doubt that 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Denny Prokopos could teach us a thing or two about using the lockdown.
4) Because you want to try something new
Apart from the lockdown, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu also focuses on other unique positions. Among these are the rubber guard and twister, as popularized by ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki and ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee.
What better way to learn these deadly positions than from someone who has trained with them for over 12 years? Denny Prokopos has been a student of Eddie Bravo since 2004 and received his black belt in 2009. Today, he is one of Bravo’s most successful students. In fact, he has even opened his own 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu branch in San Francisco.
There’s no doubt that there’s a lot we can learn from 3x No-Gi World Champion Denny Prokopos. If you haven’t signed up, go ahead and do so — you definitely wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity! Sign up now!