Welcome to 10th planet jiu jitsu Birmingham

Home to Eddie Bravo’s unique style of grappling, located in the heart of the UK. What separates 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu from other styles is its innovation and evolution. Owing to their originality, the positions such as the rubber guard, the truck, and the spider web are gaining growing momentum throughout jiu jitsu and MMA circles due to their effectiveness. Our Jiu Jitsu classes are taught by certified 10th Planet instructor Mick Broster, and assistant instructor Chris Garry. We have programmes for all levels of students and regularly hold seminars by world class 10th Planet practitioners including Eddie Bravo himself, Sean Bollinger, Denny Prokopos, The Freak Bros, Jeremy Fields as well as hosting World Renowed BJJ Legends Garry Tonin, Bill Cooper and Jeff Monson. 

Who we are

Eddie Bravo teaching at 10th Planet Birmingham
Eddie & Mick

Mick Broster and Eddie Bravo

Mick Broster is both the head jiu jitsu and MMA coach at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Birmingham.
Mick has been training in MMA and submission fighting since early 1997 starting out at one of the UK’s oldest MMA clubs – the Tap Out Academy. Mick had his first amateur MMA fight after only 2 weeks of training, which ended up a draw. Due to the two main instructors having to leave the club because of work commitments, Mick took over teaching at the club in 2000 and has continued to teach ever since.

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Together 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, Bang Muay Thai and Elements MMA pride ourselves in having

an academy ideal for anybody interested in taking part in mixed martial arts, jiu jitsu or muay thai kickboxing.

Who we are

Boasting 60 classes per month given by accredited instructors our facility more than satisfies every criteria you would expect a modern-day, fully equipped MMA academy to provide. In June 2012 Elements MMA became officially affiliated with 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu by Eddie Bravo himself.

Eddie Bravo holds a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Jean Jacques Machado. He is most famous for his submission victory over Royler Gracie by triangle choke in the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championships in 2003, and again recently dominating the rematch with Royler on Metamoris in April 2014 by convincingly sweeping the multiple world champion, passing his guard and attacking him with a succession of submission attempts. Eddie’s system was designed to work both inside the cage and on the mats in submission grappling competition.

What separates Eddie Bravo’s Jiu Jitsu from other styles is its innovation and evolution. Owing to their originality the positions he has created and refined (such as the rubber guard, the truck, and the spider web) are gaining growing momentum throughout jiu jitsu and MMA circles due to their effectiveness.

These positions and the series of reversals, passes and submissions that stem from them are so different from the traditional system that opponents do not know how to react and therefore find themselves unable to defend. Whilst certifying Mick Broster as head coach of 10th Planet’s second ever UK ‘moon’ Eddie remarked on the high level of understanding and application of the system that Mick has demonstrated as well as giving appreciation of Mick’s all-round grappling ability.

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Mick Broster

Mick Broster is both the head jiu jitsu and MMA coach at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Birmingham.
Mick has been training in MMA and submission fighting since early 1997 starting out at one of the UK’s oldest MMA clubs – the Tap Out Academy. Mick had his first amateur MMA fight after only 2 weeks of training, which ended up a draw. Due to the two main instructors having to leave the club because of work commitments, Mick took over teaching at the club in 2000 and has continued to teach ever since.

Mick turned pro in 2002 and won the TKO light heavy weight title, moving as head coach to F’s Freestyle when the Tap Out Academy closed. Having lost two fights due to cut stoppages towards the end of his career Mick was in need of another way of effectively using the guard in MMA. 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu seemed to hold the answers. After attending an Eddie Bravo seminar in 2008 Mick became convinced that the 10th Planet system was the way to go.

In 2010 Mick moved with most of his fighters into the purpose built MMA gym, Elements MMA. Mick’s infectious style of grappling has spread throughout his ever growing student base. Becoming officially affiliated with the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu brand is something that could only have happened with Mick at the helm, such is his expertise and ability as a grappler. So it is with pride that Mick and his students welcomed Eddie Bravo to 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Birmingham in March 2013, where Eddie awarded Mick his purple belt.

Mick continues to compete in grappling tournaments and has steadily gained recognition within 10th Planet circles, becoming renowned for his active guard and impeccable passing game when in top position.

Chris Garry

Chris, like many of the 10th Planet Birmingham members, became attracted to the sport having watched early UFCs featuring the likes of Royce Gracie, BJ Penn and Chuck Liddell. Inspired by the firm belief that you are able to achieve anything you set your mind to Chris decided at 21 years old that he was destined to be UFC champion. With no formal training, Chris set out to conquer a sport that in his eyes was still in its infancy.

A student of the game through and through Chris has always sought out the best possible training available, extensively training in his early days with Pete Hefford, Paul Kelly and Marc Goddard. His amateur career got off to a flying start. He travelled to Thailand with training partner and British champ Dave Hill training extensively at Sityodtong. Throughout his journey Chris has trained with countless star names taking what he saw as high percentage techniques from each of them, putting together his very own complete arsenal of MMA skills.

Since 2008 his journey has focused on his apprenticeship under Mick Broster. It was as Chris approached his pro MMA debut that Mick was schooling all of the gym’s fighters and during the pro fighter morning sessions it became clear that Mick held the key to all of the flaws in their games. The high point of Chris’ career came when he KO’d the then UK no.3 Dino Gambetesa in the first round proppelling him into the top 10 European Bantamweights rankings with a record of 5-1.

It had turned out that becoming UFC champion was not to be, in the time it had taken Chris to break into Europe the sport was no longer in its infancy, the champions being such superior athletes to those of the early UFC days. Getting all the way to the top would prove too big an ask however, the knowledge and experience Chris has gained gives him all the insight needed to craft fighters into genuine MMA prospects in very little time. There are not many criticisms you could level at the Elements MMA staff, but having been involved in the sport for much of their lives it is fair to forgive them for occasionally assuming that the whole world understands the difference between an armbar and an omaplata, or an achilles lock from a heel hook; with Chris this is not the case.

Chris’ Monday evening ELEMENTS OF MMA class is particularly popular with those new to the sport. By training set warm-ups and a signature style of MMA circuit designed to rapidly hardwire basic techniques and concepts, this method is proven to fast track students towards the intermediate level and beyond. In February 2014 Chris gained recognition throughout the area he lives by being nominated for and winning the coveted Bromsgrove District Area Coach of the Year.

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In addition to having one of the top UK jiu jitsu coaches we have been visited by Eddie’s 2nd ever black belt student, the man described as ‘best at the rubber guard’ Sean Bollinger, who has three times given phenomenal 3hr seminars during his visits to England. Having gained affiliation status Mick and 12 of his students travelled to Sweden to attend a 2 day seminar with the man himself, Eddie Bravo, where Eddie was able to go into detail on two key positions which had recently been developed and refined as part of the ongoing 10th Planet process.

In March 2013 Eddie Bravo travelled to the UK. His tour predictably led him to 10th Planet Birmingham where he gave a 3hr seminar packed full of incredible insight and inspiration to 85 receptive grapplers in attendance. It was here that Eddie promoted Mick to purple belt, again commenting on Mick’s undeniable ability as a grappler as well as his devotion to and command of the 10th Planet system.

To say that we fly the mighty 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu banner proudly is a definite understatement, however we also offer the highest level of instruction in MMA and Bang Muay Thai, with boxing and wrestling classes also available, all of which can each be learned as stand alone arts or cross trained to supplement an overall MMA programme. Features of the Elements facility itself include our 150m sq. wrestling mat with authentic event spec training cage, full sized boxing ring, seperate weights & conditioning studio and seperate showers & changing facilities for both men and women. On arrival you should note our large, secure car park which is of course free of charge and is gated and locked outside of the gym opening times.

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