Eddie Cummings is a jiu jitsu black belt under John Danaher, being often referenced as one of the founding members of a group named as the Danaher Death Squad (DDS) out of Renzo Gracie’s Academy in New York City. Cummings is known as a revolutionary figure in this sport, particularly for his contribution in improving positions such as the heel hook, saddle (411) and ashi garami for submission grappling having won several important tournaments with this manoeuvre, more so in the ‘submission only’ rule-set. This includes wins at Polaris Jiu Jitsu Invitational and the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI).
Eddie Cummings Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Edward Cummings
Nickname: “Wolverine” – with regards to his nickname, Cummings mentioned on his Instagram account “They ask me why people call me wolverine. It’s because I am small, furry and mean spirited” (source).
- EBI 4 Champion (2015 – 145lbs)
- EBI 7 Champion (2016 – 145lbs)
- Polaris 2 Superfight Winner (2015)
- ADCC US East Coast Trials Champion (2015)
- Grapplers Quest World Series of Grappling Champion (2012)
- Grapplers Quest US Nationals (Rough Zen) Champion (2013)
- Long Island Pride XVI Champion (2012 purple weight + absolute)
- Grapplers Quest World Series of Grappling 3rd Place (2012 absolute)
- Grapplers Quest US Nationals 3rd Place (2012)
Favourite Position/Technique: Outside heel hook
Weight Division: 145lbs
Eddie Cummings Biography
Edward Cummings was born in New York, United States of America on October 1984.
By his own admission, Cummings was not a very “sporty” kid while growing up. His interest in jiu jitsu started while studying physics at Stony Brook University during the late 2000’s, an institution that ran a grappling class in the basement of its the racquetball courts.
Krishna Mirjah was Cumming’s first coach at SBU, a jiu jitsu instructor who focused predominantly on the no-gi facet of the sport. Mirjah instilled in Cummings the interest for competition, later awarding the “Wolverine” his blue belt after a few strong performances at local grappling tournaments.
After 3 years training at Stony Brook University, Cummings moved to the New York City for school purposes, joining Renzo Gracie’s academy as a blue belt.
Although Cummings already had some basic knowledge of leg locks coming into RGA, the drive to specialise in that aspect of jiu jitsu was galvanised by a win over East Coast grappling veteran Mark Ramos in 2013 at Grappler’s Quest World Series of Grappling tournament. An event Eddie won in his weight class and reached second in the advanced open weight division.
The desire to study lower limb submissions was fully met by John Danaher‘s knowledge on the subject – RGA’s assistant instructor. Under Danaher’s guidance Cummings became one of the most feared grapplers in submission only’s competitive circuit. His many achievements on the mats earned Eddie his black belt on January 2015, approximately 5 years after he first started training.
Photo taken by Callum Medcraft of Jiu Jitsu Style at Polaris 2 (2015).
Eddie Cummings Grappling Record
21 SUBMISSIONS WINS
1 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Eddie Cummings Fight History
|7254||Garry TononGarry Tonon||L||Triangle armbar||EBI 3||77KG||SF||2015|
|7839||Augusto MendesAugusto Mendes||L||Pen||ADCC||66KG||4F||2015|
|9253||Augusto MendesAugusto Mendes||D||N/A||Polaris 3||70KG||SPF||2016|
|11064||Geo MartinezGeo Martinez||L||Points||EBI 10||61KG||F||2016|
|6556||Dennis Prokopos||W||Outside heel hook||Gracie Nationals||ABS||SPF||2015|
|7087||John Joseph||W||Outside heel hook||ADCC US Trials||66KG||4F||2015|
|7088||Ruben Alvarez||W||Inside heel hook||ADCC US Trials||66KG||SF||2015|
|7089||Walter Gomes||W||Armbar||ADCC US Trials||66KG||F||2015|
|7246||Lauri Karppinen||W||Outside heel hook||EBI 3||77KG||R1||2015|
|7252||Enrico CoccoEnrico Cocco||W||Inside heel hook||EBI 3||77KG||4F||2015|
|7684||Kevin Berbrich||W||Outside heel hook||EBI 4||65KG||R1||2015|
|7688||Russ Miura||W||Outside heel hook||EBI 4||65KG||4F||2015|
|7692||Baret YoshidaBaret Yoshida||W||Inside heel hook||EBI 4||65KG||SF||2015|
|7693||Joe Soto||W||Inside heel hook||EBI 4||65KG||F||2015|
|7832||Asadulaev Surkhay||W||Outside heel hook||ADCC||66KG||R1||2015|
|7909||Reilly Bodycomb||W||Inside heel hook||Polaris 2||70KG||SPF||2015|
|9001||Mansher KheraMansher Khera||W||Referee Decision||Grappling Ind.||ABS||SPF||2016|
|9291||Nathan Orchard||W||Outside heel hook||PTL Sunday Open||ABS||SPF||2016|
|10115||Sergio Hernandez||W||RNC||EBI 7||65KG||R1||2016|
|10123||Chad George||W||Inside heel hook||EBI 7||65KG||4F||2016|
|10127||Mike Davila||W||RNC||EBI 7||65KG||SF||2016|
|10129||Bill CooperBill Cooper||W||Inside heel hook||EBI 7||65KG||F||2016|
|11054||Alessandro Costa||W||Outside heel hook||EBI 10||61KG||R1||2016|
|11060||Alexis Alduncin||W||Inside heel hook||EBI 10||61KG||4F||2016|
|11063||Baret YoshidaBaret Yoshida||W||Inside heel hook||EBI 10||61KG||SF||2016|
|12137||Samir ChantreSamir Chantre||W||Referee Decision||F2W Pro 31||70KG||SPF||2017|
|14085||Jacob Sandoval||W||RNC||F2W Pro 56||70KG||SPF||2017|
|15259||Renato CanutoRenato Canuto||W||Referee Decision||Kasai Pro 2||72KG||SPF||2018|
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