About Bravo

Since 2006 Bravo / BravoPUA (real name Stephen) has helped thousands of men around the world improve their skills in Pick Up, Dating, and Life.

After experiencing a painful miscarriage, and a marriage that ended in less than a year, he was at his lowest point in his life. Struggling with extreme social anxiety and feeling like “damaged goods” he knew he had to make a change.

He put his career as a firearms and edged weapon instructor on hold, and decided he had to master this this crucial aspect of his life.

Determined to overcome his fears, Stephen began frequenting bars and clubs, engaging with everyone, and challenging himself to approach the most attractive women. His dedication paid off, and he soon became known for his dating prowess, so much so that his friends sought his advice. He began sharing his insights on dating forums and at in person meet ups. His reputation grew, eventually catching the attention of Neil Strauss, author of The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. Impressed by Stephen’s transformation and teaching skills, Neil invited him to Hollywood to coach at the Stylelife Academy, where he quickly rose to Executive Coach, overseeing conferences, boot camps, and the coaching staff.

Within a year, Stephen went from reading The Game to being featured in its New York Times Best Selling follow-up, Rules of The Game.

In 2010, Stephen decided to leave the PUA world and founded his own company, focusing on genuine self-improvement rather than superficial techniques. He believes in helping men become truly confident and great at dating, enabling them to form real connections and find meaningful relationships.

The Bravohood is a community dedicated to teaching men essential life skills, including:

• Dramatically improving your dating life
• Building real connections with people who add value to your life
• Leveling up your business endeavors
• Developing genuine confidence
• Embracing the roles of a man, leader, and protector
• And much more

Stephen’s mission is to help men lead fulfilling lives, not just by chasing women, but by becoming the best versions of themselves.

36 thoughts on “About Bravo

  1. Hey, Bravo. Just wanted to give you an update since it’s been a good 7 months since our one on one. A lot can change as you’re forced to really confront the path you’re on during something unpredictable like a nationwide quarantine.

    Well, you were right. The work I put in is already paying off. I just got into a monogamous relationship with and a very compassionate, intelligent and beautiful woman. We originally met online, but I still wanted to date around until I realized she was really someone of substance and had many qualities I want in someone long term that no other girl I’ve met has.

    I now know what you mean when you say you can’t just jump into a relationship with the first girl who shows interest in you. I probably dated 12 or so girls before I decided I really wanted to pursue things with this girl.

    It’s funny because at first she couldn’t explain why she was so attracted to me. She’ll say things to me like, “I want you to like me more than I like you!” And she’ll work extra hard to try and make it happen too. ?

    Me, I’m just continuing my study of martial arts and learning to loosen up my mind and overall approach to things in life, like work and giving back to family.

    I can tell this relationship is a solid one. We both have flaws that were working on and we’re honest about them. It’s making our connection stronger. Very thankful for everything you taught me during our one on one and I’ll be back in the next year to do another one with you. ??

  2. Steve
    I think you are going in the right direction with your company. The PUA community in general never gave me or anyone I knew permanent fixes and or just taught them to be social robots with no real intention of leveling up in life but just getting women in bed as a short term fix to a longer internal problem. It was also full of fake “Masters” or keyboard jockeys looking to up their online persona but not actually be cool in real life. I was too young and immature to understand this and kept floundering around even after we had our 1 on 1 which was bad on my part because even then I didn’t have the emotional maturity to understand that there were still unresolved issues with in me that women just could not fix.
    I have through your blog posts and much meditation and self reflection over come a lot of these internal problems. I now understand that being cool and being a man comes from having standards and holding yourself and others to those standards. That being in a relationship is about being open and honest about what both of you want.
    Because of this and other things you have taught I am now in school and making great grades and am possibly deciding on going to medical soon after.
    My relationship with my GF is great and we are coming up on two years. We are both open and honest about what we want and have the same goals long term wise. I honestly can’t remember the last time we got in an argument or if we ever have since we agree on so much. This was possible due to your lessons and coaching.
    In the past I have read tons of books from “The Game” to “Rules of the Game” to David Deangelo to Savoy est. None of those have come close to what I’ve learned from your forums or from coaching calls with you.
    As I said before I really am fully behind the moving away from the PUA jargon and general creepy vibe from the whole community and turning to actual learning how to be a man and being a cool guy with real skill sets like survival and guns/social skills.
    I look forward to more from the new page.

  3. I got into pickup only a couple years after The Game was released. Right before I paid for a premium membership on a popular site, we were friends on MySpace and we spoke about your site, and I was hooked instantly.
    Having the experience of learning from you, and from other awesome guys both in your free forum, and especially the guys my side of the Great Pond – who all used your forums to meet up and become very friends – moved my life forward in a way I just can’t see that I’d ever have paid a premium site for.
    I had an opportunity to meet you when you came to London to speak at a seminar and you told the random student that came up to us, “He’s a friend, not a student” – you still have no idea how much that meant to me to this day.
    Whether you call yourself PUA, life coach, or just all around awesome person, you’re always a friend to me, and I’ll continue to bump up the membership numbers on your site by 1.
    My life is in such an amazing place right now, I have a perfect job, a perfect fiancée (who I believe you prompted me to focus on), and a gorgeous baby daughter, and I owe a lot of that to you…. Obviously I did most of the work when it came to creating my daughter but I’m sure you could teach that too!
    So in summary, thanks for being a friend, for being a mentor, and for helping me change my life for the better 🙂

  4. I’ve known Stephen Grosch aka “Bravo” for many years now, having known him as a fellow speaker and coach in our industry. One day he started showing me some of the edged weapons and tactical training he had done and I was super impressed. I had been begging him to put together a class ever since, so when he announced the first-ever “dream course” with a world-renowned VIP instructor who is so exclusive that we can’t even mention his name, I jumped on board right away.
    I came into the class with a little bit of background in self defense and tactical training. I’m a former U.S. Marine Sergeant with a black belt in Shito-Ryu Karate under 9th degree black belt Sensei Fumio Demura and fairly extensive grappling/wrestling experience. But I saw some of the stuff Stephen could do and I was amazed. So I wondered if the instructor team and the content could match my already sky-high expectations.
    The short answer is FUCK YES. I was blown away by the training, the professionalism, the instructors, and the gear Stephen had imported from Southeast Asia for our training. We all left the class with over 30 hours of drills and instruction, real-life tactical simulation experience, and a large bag of some of the best tactical training gear on the market.
    What I was looking for going into a class like this was something that would “fill in the blanks” between my structured, very traditional (and somewhat less-than-realistic) Okinawan karate training and the war-zone-specific tactical training I had done in the Marines. I knew how to punch, kick, block, and fire a weapon, but none of my previous training had ever taught me how to improvise a weapon from a t-shirt, or disarm a pistol pointed at me, or block a knife attack.
    We learned all of that and more. The course covered, among other things, weapons familiarization and training, self-defense against various weapons, working with and around vehicles, planning escape routes, approaching and clearing vehicles, and ended with a real-life field training exercise where we put our skills into practice in a real world simulation with hidden role players and the observation of our instructors. The 4-day class flew by and the exhilarating, adrenaline-fueled field training exercise at the conclusion gave us all a deep appreciation for the skills and stresses of the everyday life of a protective agent.
    The bottom line is that if you care AT ALL about protecting your family or your loved ones, you NEED to take this class or find a way to train with Stephen. As someone who went into this with a little experience already, it was downright humbling to see how much Stephen knows and how effective of a trainer he is. Whether you’re brand new or have had previous experience, you’ll be amazed at how much real-world stuff you’ll learn from him. I know it’s not cheap, but quality never is. The way I saw it was, “Can I put a price on the safety of my loved ones?” I didn’t look at it as an expense, I looked at it as a small investment in the safety of my family, my loved ones, and myself. It’s a shame that most people in the general public will never get training like this, because it’s the type of training that will save your ass if you’re ever unlucky enough to get into a life-threatening situation.
    P.S. The NY Times reports that the U.S. Government’s National Crime Study indicates that 83% of 12 year old children in the U.S. will be victims or intended victims of a violent crime sometime in their life. EIGHTY THREE PERCENT. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

  5. The other week wrapped up one of the most badass weekends of my life, a 4 day tactical training and VIP protection seminar hosted by Stephen Grosch aka Bravo and lead instructor Steve T. Well worth the time, energy, and money to go and participate in this.
    What we got was basically weeks worth of training condensed into 4 action packed days, highlighting what was most important to our group. While we learned tactics on how to protect Executives and VIP’s, it was also tailored to our group on how to protect yourself, your gf, or wife and kids. And it was obvious that both Bravo and Steve T knew how to teach effectively, because they would take what was normally a two day course, and pare it down to a couple hours hitting the most relevant stuff for our group’s needs.
    The training was divided into two skill sets – Hard skills and soft skills. The hard skills was probably the most fun to learn, like how to use a knife, impact weapon, etc, but more importantly how to defend yourself against these attacks (glad we were given training blades and sticks to practice these moves with friends back home), but the soft skills were probably more useful. Learning how to recognize dangers before you are put in a dangerous situation, how to avoid them all together, and how to prepare your gear to be ready to move from a hostile situation.
    What we learned wasn’t about standing and fighting. It was about learning how to not get hurt and to stay safe, even if that means using the hard skills. But hopefully the soft skills will keep you from needing to.
    Finally, on the last day we did an actual field training exercise working a protection detail for a couple of ladies. We had no idea whether the guys staring at them or coming up to talk to them were planted there by our instructors, or if they were just real life people, and had to respond to potential threats accordingly. It was exhilarating, difficult, and such a learning experience.
    If these guys offer this again, it is definitely worth it, and if they ever do a level two class then I’ll def be there there myself.

  6. Text from me to my fiance:
    I can now draw my knife and kill someone in less than one second.
    As others have said already, this training was amazing. The amount of knowledge gained in this bootcamp was phenominal. If you weren’t there, you really missed out. A couple of people had to back out at the last minute and I feel really sorry for them because they have no idea what they missed.
    Prefense.
    First we learned what happens leading up to every type of attack, be it a home invasion, robbery, mugging, you name it. Understanding how to recognize threats and prevent yourself and your loved ones from ever reaching a point where you need to use your skills was of immeasurable value. Since returning home, my house and each room has more levels of protection.
    But it’s still pretty cool to be able to send that text. Obviously I don’t want to ever have to kill anyone. But being able to disarm almost any weapon, being fimiliarized with several types of firearms, being able to recognize and nuetralize threats, knowing that I can keep myself and my loved ones safe with the skills I learned; that’s pretty awesome. Of course I will do everything I can in the 90% that leads up to an attack to prevent it. But if it reaches that last 10%, it’s an incredibly empowering feeling to know that I can stop someone with something as simple as a t-shirt, a flashlight, stick, chair, etc.
    I’ve been doing martial arts for over thirty years. In that time I’ve seen a lot of really good stuff and a lot of garbage. One of the many things I loved about this course is that everything taught was something that not only works, but has been tested by real people in life threatening conditions. The tactics are realistic and applicable. As a result, I feel much more able to protect myself and my loved ones. Even more importantly, I feel more able to prevent these things from happening by being prepared, having a plan, and eliminating vulnerable areas. And it doesn’t hurt to hear a girl say how sexy it is to see you spin a karambit.
    Steve T. and Stephen Grosch, aka Bravo are amazing teachers. Stephen Grosch is as good at teaching tactical stuff as he is at teaching pickup. After 30 years of studying martial arts, he showed me a lot that I hadn’t known. I don’t know if he will offer this course again, but if he does, you’d be crazy not to take it. If there is a level two, I will find a way to be there.

  7. As a dating coach I got good at the game, but felt something was missing from being a well-rounded man. I was told I was too nice in the past, and having some verbal ninja skills with the game helped, but I just did not have the energy of someone who could back up the “Protector of loved ones” vibe. In fact, one of my original mentors said i had to portray more badass if I wanted more success. I got by pretty well without too much badass.
    Many years ago I had some defense training by taking Dang Soo Do from a national Karate champion who was a colleague of Billy Blanks (who started the whole Tae Bo craze). Needless to say I learned some good self-defense techniques, but a lot of it just didn’t seem practical in real-life situations.
    Fast forward to me meeting Stephen Grosch/Bravo at the PUA conventions that we both presented at. His talks on defense, firearms and tactics intrigued me and made sense. I got my concealed carry permit following his advice and started paying attention to his teachings and reading “Emergency” from Neil Strauss. My training in protecting myself, my women, and my kids was beginning from a better foundation.
    Fast forward to a dinner I had with him last year and Stephen showing me what he was able to do with an LED flashlight to subdue an attacker. Just that brief lesson alone increased my abilities and awareness about ways to stay safe that I wanted even more. I was lucky to get his call that he was putting together a training in VIP Executive protection with a VIP instructor… one of the top instructors in the world… for some small group training with info never before taught to civilians. Fully trusting Stephen’s opinion on all things tactical I was an automatic yes and made plans immediately to travel to Phoenix with the few precious days off I have.
    I got there the day before and had a few drinks with the other participants. It’s apparent Stephen picked the participants meticulously because not one guy was “That guy” that asks questions just to look smart, or “That guy” that thinks they are an mma fighting expert and knows more than the instructors and wants to test them, nor was there “That guy” too timid to participate. Right off the bat the group was ready to get to business and be open books for the training at hand and I have to thank Stephen for doing a great job choosing the group.
    Day one’s talk was alone worth the price of admission. But right off the bat we went into hands-on training. The rest of the days we had lots of hands-on edged weapons, improvised weapons, and training I cannot discuss further than just being glad I was given the very opportunity to learn things only a select few get to learn.
    Stephen’s and the VIP instructor’s experience showed. No nonsense. To the point. Directly from guys who have faced death in the eye and helped many others avoid it with their proven, yet simple techniques. The whole training was full of practical, simplified advice from guys who have seen what works, and unfortunately seen what doesn’t first hand. That experience alone made our training that much more practical and yet so advanced that we rapidly learned it as well.
    I judge teachers by how well they simplify the processes they teach. The worst teachers complicate things, the best simplify. Stephen and his instructors taught the foundations and principles of protection from a mental as well as physical standpoint so well and simply that I was almost flabbergasted how simple the systems were compared to the martial arts systems i was exposed to in the past that complicated the same principles. More importantly we were also advised on what other training we could do to further enhance and refine the training we were getting.
    After 3 days, our forearms were bruised. Some of us were scraped by the edge weapons trainers we used. (Stephen is a freakin’ training equipment expert too and got us the best of the best to use during our training). But on day 4, our awareness was put to the ultimate test protecting VIP’s in a real live public location and scenario. It was quite the eye opening, yet once again practical and most importantly, helpful experience in knowing we could protect vips, our loved ones, and ourselves with our new knowledge.
    Stephen Grosch is obviously a well-respected member of the firearms and self protection world based on what he was able to arrange for us during the training. Top notch experts were available to us including Phil Roux who taught us the latest in firearms technique and knowledge. It’s no wonder how he became a top notch dating and relationship coach as well if he could garner this respect from a crowd where respect is tough to come by. I can’t thank him enough for the invite and VIP training experience. Cross your fingers he will do this again some time in the future. I will certainly be there. But if he doesn’t get training directly from Stephen as part of your journey to manhood.
    If you can arrange training with Stephen on tactical, defense, firearms, or edge weapons, it comes with my highest recommendation, you will not regret it, and I stake my reputation on it.
    Tech

  8. This was an unreal experience that was everything it was projected to be and beyond. We learned self-defense and weapons techniques that normally no one outside a few elite sectors in the government are trained in, direct from a VIP instructor, who has seen it all and done it all in every part of the world. I was a bit nervous going into it, because I don’t have the kind of martial arts/ weapons training that other guys had, but i’m glad I pushed myself and came, because what I came away with was badass. And it was worth the time and investment, not only to meet all the guys and be part of it, but to help Stephen Grosch achieve a long-standing dream of putting on a kickass tactical class that was pretty amazing. Plus, he supplied us with all the gear, like a tactical swag bag! That just doesn’t happen. So now I have karambits and tac knives and carabiners on my coffee table at the ready. And to top it off, we ended the training by getting to do a real world live training exercise, playing Secret Service to a pair of lovely ladies. Not to mention some other training during the week that was like bonus rounds. So, I have to say it was one of those epic burned-into-your-memory intense surreal awesome experiences of a lifetime. Thanks to Stephen Grosch, and to everyone involved and all the guys who made it worthwhile. It was a privilege to learn and train alongside you guys. And great to know that I can learn more of this from Stephen directly whenever i’m ready…

  9. Stephen Grosch’s Executive Protection Seminar brings together amazing instructors who teach real world no nonsense techniques and makes them easy to learn and adaptable for students of all backgrounds. Just 3 days of training and they had the entire class up to speed on attacking with and defending against several different types of weapons. It didn’t matter the experience of the participants, they were able to adapt the techniques to our abilities.
    I’ve done martial arts for several years and have attended all manner of training seminars. The Executive Protection Seminar is the best investment I’ve made in personal protection training. Getting a chance to see the techniques in action and hear the real life scenarios they are based on was instrumental to understanding the moves and making them my own.
    Self defense is a personal responsibility and if attacked, there is no guarantee that someone will come to your rescue. If you haven’t already begun the process to prepare yourself for a situation where you may be alone in the responsibility to protect yourself or your loved ones, this class is a huge step forward in the right direction.

  10. Most of you don’t know me, even though I’ve been a friend of Stephen Grosch for over seven years, though after this past week at the Executive/VIP Protection Training course that Stephen Grosch offered with Steve T I felt compelled to share my experience. For those who have not attended anything hosted by Stephen Grosch, let me emphasize that he always goes above and beyond what is expected. This past week of tactical training, that standard that Stephen Grosch has always maintained was achieved. Steve T, the lead instructor, had a way of teaching that really emphasized the lessons learned that I have not seen in my entire time in academia (we’re talking over 8 years of college). Stephen Grosch, for those not aware, was an instructor with Steve T in the past and during this particular training was an immense help in polishing our drills to perfection. Grosch definitely knows how to teach this material and I bet would teach you directly if you asked. He also did a fantastic job of screening individuals so that the class went smoothly. All the items that were provided for the course, from knives to trainers were outstanding.
    Before the class I would say I had minimal knowledge of how to protect myself if I was caught in a bad situation. One of the most important lessons was how to be situationally aware to prevent bad situations from happening in the first place. Then there was the massive amount of training on how to use a variety of weapons: deploying a folding knife from my pocket to be ready for a fight in 0.94 seconds, how to effectively fight with a karambit, using flexible weapons from sticks to fabric, and how to disarm people with a variety of weapons (from pistols to rifles and knives, to name a few). I now feel confident that if I keep practicing the drills, I will be ready to protect myself and my loved ones from threats that come. It is absolutely must-know knowledge.I have no idea if this course will ever be offered again, though if it does I would jump at the opportunity instantly. The lessons learned I know have me prepared more than your average citizen if a threat is ever encountered in this crazy world. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about my experience.

  11. I have good news for anyone reading this… the economy must be on the upside. Our rights to protection must not be at risk and people must be filled with overactive responsibilities. I am basing this off the fact that out of about ten firearm and tactile trainers that I have tried to contact, none have returned my emails or phone calls. They must be too busy or think that their job is not important. Nothing else could make sense why I have been continuously ignored by tactile trainers for private lessons. But alas! There is always an exception to the rule. In this matter it was Stephen Grosch, Steve T and their VIP Executive Protection course.
    “…All my buddies at the CIA thought I’d officially lost my marbles when I elected to follow my passion to protect others. They asked, “You’re going to give up a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks and a federal pension to pursue some crazy idea about hardening untrained civilians?”
    My response was “Hell yeah! Sure, not everybody cares or even thinks about their personal security, but what about those who do? Where can they go? What can they do to make themselves less vulnerable and less exposed to the very real threats that we know are out there?”
    -Steve T’s ‘Pre-Fense: The 90% Advantage’
    The training course had multiple uses for me. The first use being that I refuse to be a victim. If I am not going to be a victim I have to have a solid base of knowledge in relation to combative situations. I hope that I never have to use the lessons I learned in the Executive Protection training course but if I am put in that situation, I am fully confident that I will be able to proceed and calibrate the situation.
    The second use of this class for me was a possible venture into a new industry, the music touring security industry. While security firms are different from executive protection, the training is important for both. After class each day I was absolutely dead tired, barely able to keep my eyes open sitting around a fire at the house a couple guys and I rented. It was well worth it though.
    Thank you Stephen Grosch, Steve T, Phil and the other guys who attended the course. I learned more than I could ever put a dollar price on.
    -H

  12. Found your online dating video by accident. I enjoyed watching & hearing you speak. Anyway, after following some tips & tweaked by online dating profile, things changed! No going into details, but I just know it works! That’s good enough for me. I am not talking the online dating thing too seriously. However, I still continue to have fun with it.
    Thanks your help! I continue to check out your site. Definitely your on my new list of PUAs.

  13. Bravo… Just wanted to drop a line and say thanks for all the time and effort you’ve put into educating myself and fellow OGers.
    Thanks bro!

  14. I attended the flashchat hosted by Shotz and NSM tonight, and it was honestly the most helpful advice I’ve ever gotten. I’ve been struggling with a few aspects of my life, and he helped sort them out and clarify what I’m doing wrong, and straighten my mindset on how I approach pickup and my life in general. I would take a Bravohood flash chat over any other pickup material i could think of.
    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all the help and support you provide through your site. I feel like everyone here actually cares about each others’ progress and well being and isn’t just out to make a quick buck off of rehashed pickup jargon.

  15. I dedicated the girl I just had sex with to Bravo. Using Bravo’s FREE teachings I’ve had more girls than with any other pua method, when I have the money I’m buying your program. Bravo — drinks are on me whenever you’re in my neck of the woods.

  16. Cant praise this man enough….I followed his advice on how to use plenty of fish dating website..In a matter of weeks I got the chick Ive always wanted..no mascara required…great wisdom with no hidden agenda….do yourself a favor and check out online game….

  17. Alain :

    I love Hypnotica’s stuff and when he says that someone is worth it, it’s absolutly true.
    Thanks for all the info and coaching.

    Actually planning on hanging out with him today in SD!
    Awesome attracts awesome
    😉

  18. I didn’t think chicks would actually fall for this PUA stuff. But, out of curiosity, I changed one of my free site profiles from my plain vanilla narrative to Bravo’s suggested language. I didn’t change anything else, because I wanted to prove to myself that this stuff doesn’t actually work.
    My old narrative would generate a message every once in a while. But, within a few hours of using Bravo’s suggestions I had more messages than I had using my old narrative in months.
    I am a converted believer!! I never thought it would work, but Bravo understands the female mind!

  19. I just posted this in the forum, but for those of you who aren’t in it. I thought I’d shed some light.
    “It comes down to your goals—- what do you want out of all of this?”
    I met Bravo in sunny LA last night and let me tell you— he’s the real deal. I was nervous and cold, but he made me feel like I was one of his old pals. He took time out of his busy schedule to help a guy who really needed it.
    After some rounds of sushi, Root Beer, and deconstructing theories of my own. Bravo concisely told me how to improve, and this is just the beginning.
    Furthermore, I’ll have to agree with Misterola— The Game is about balance, and what’s great is that it teaches you a lot about time management. The fundamentals of being goal orientated, motivated, and confident in your approach transcend to other facets of your life.
    If you learn from Bravo, you will learn not only how to be comfortable, confident, and interesting to women. You will define your own reality in life—- be careful with that power though.
    Great Power. Great Responsibility.
    WiSH
    No longer are you

  20. I consider myself graduated from the pickup community in that I feel I no longer need to put much effort into my dealings with women. I’m outside of my own head and have a solid confidence in myself that surpasses any manufactured means of simply pretending to be confident to attract a woman. This only happened because I completely disarmed my ego, absorbed everything I could about women and pickup, made very close online friends with guys doing the same thing, and constantly took chances. When I’d learned enough I dropped out of the community and focused on the more important and imminent aspects of my life – namely, my role as a film student and the career I wanted to forge.
    When you take the understanding of psychology, attraction, and seduction you’ll get through a program like this, and focus it on the other aspects of your life, putting your lust for sex or desire for a relationship on the back-burner to more noble and lasting aims, that’s when you really start to attract and succeed with women.
    And when you reach that point, that’s when you really find yourself remarkably comfortable around and successful around the same women you once stood in the corner of a room admiring, or constantly made a fool of yourself to try and impress (I was always more the latter).
    I’d like to throw my hat back in the ring to help out people going through what I went through however I can. I’m extremely busy right now (I’m a screenwriting/actor with a lot of big goals) and probably won’t have much time to help, but I’d like to make helping guys struggling with women my way of giving back to the world. It’s something that, like Bravo I’m constantly interested in and passionate about.
    Bravo and the other coaches in Stylelife helped me tremendously in my unsteady latter teenage years. I remember being completely addicted to learning pickup. I’d pay thirty times more attention to everything everyone posted, and the feedback the guys I admired and wanted to emulate gave me, than anything I was taught in school.
    All that being said, pickup used to be a big part of my life, and through my time in this world, I met a lot of guys who called themselves pickup artists. (I think it’s a silly thing to call yourself but that’s part of the fun!).
    I’ve never met anyone so singularly passionate about learning and teaching the ins and outs of pickup as BRAVO. And I’ve met Style himself. But Style’s not style. He’s Neil Strauss – a fantastic guy who I completely admire as an innovator and a writer. Style’s an incredible writer and adventurer who in many ways gave birth to this crazy pickup community I was and you guys are all a part of.
    He’s like the Jesus of pickup. (If Jesus didn’t get crucified and instead went on to consistently write and publish fantastic books.)
    Bravo’s Bravo the Baptist. If you’re just starting out, trust Bravo. Do the crazy things he tells you to do. Take his guidance to heart. Heed his word and he’ll baptize you in the waters of alpha and give you the tools you need to take your romantic life to the next level.
    Bravo cares tremendously about what he does. I saw it in his eyes when I met him. His aim in life is to help people like you. There’s a lot of scammers out there who’ll peddle a lot of bullshit to you for Scientology-crazy prices, but from what I’ve seen, Bravo’s not one of them.
    I don’t think there’s anyone out there right now who cares more or is more able to guide and quicken evolution of the struggling male to the Alpha Male!
    And no, Bravo did not ask or pay me to write this.

  21. Well, this has been long over due, but I can honestly say that it is because of the things that I have learned from Bravo, that I have literally been too busy with sex, women, life, that I have forgotten to pay homeage to the one who told me how to do it the right way.
    I have had the priveledge of knowing Bravo most of my life. He was my best friends little brother and now I can proudly say, definitely one of my best friends.
    I have never had difficulty attracting women. I almost always got the woman that I wanted. But every relationship would fail the exact same way.
    I was determined that the next time I met someone that I would not go down the same path. And what happened, initially, I did the exact same thing. However, Bravo gave me some words of wisdom and got me back on the right path. and I can honestly say that I have not been happier in a very long time.
    He is not just a good PUA, but a great person and friend, as well. I can tell anyone that ever invests their time with him, that it will be well worth it bcause he legitimately loves what he does and cares about he people that he helps.
    Good luck in your new endeavor!

  22. I never have trouble meeting women in person. So while I knew Bravo knew his stuff, it really didn’t apply to me.
    However, my profile has been pure fail. I had no luck with online dating, and ASSumed it was because women were messaged so frequently that my profile got lost in the sea of Plenty of Fish.
    Little did I know how little did I know…
    Bravo posted a few tips about online game. Since my online dating had been such a failure, I simply cribbed what he had on his profile. And the women came to me. It was as easy as posting a few key phrases; uploading some pictures; and checking my mail every 24 hours.
    It was almost like magic. I am not the kind of guy to develop man crushes. But, wow, he has some powerful material!
    If he produces an e-book, I’ll be first in line to buy it. I even bought him a membership at the site I read, in recognition for his help.
    His advice on online game is top-quality, and I cannot praise enough. A+ material!

  23. I’ve gotta give a shout out to Bravo. I’ve been doing calls with him for the last month and tonight was the first night in forever that I actually had tons of fun at the bar. I get why people go out so much now to the bars! It’s fun meeting people like that.
    All the things Bravo has been telling me to do are coming together; putting myself together, having the right attitude on life, and giving me personalized advice. Bravo you are the shit and I feel like I finally have a fighting chance to have the life I deserve, and only after 1 month of calls!

  24. that’s awesome. i agree with everything you said. when i got into pickup years ago, it was to learn a better way to hook up with girls. since then, i have learned a lot about life in general and becoming a better person. pickup is not about banging chicks, it’s about becoming a better man.
    and after spending a few years on forums and in the community, i’ve had the opportunity to get to know bravo on a little more of a personal level, and he is truly a great guy. a great pickup artist and a great teacher, but fuck pickup. he’s just an all around great guy. as busy as he is helping students, he recently took a half hour to discuss an iPad with me, and made some recommendations to me about how to better manage MY business, which has nothing to do with pickup.
    if you are a newbie who is just curious about the pickup community, an experienced PUA looking for a mentor, a pickup coach looking to hone your teaching skills, or just a guy looking for a good example to follow, bravo is truly a class act.
    let me wipe the tears from my eyes and end this thread. thanks bravo for being a great example to so many people out there.
    KingOfAces

  25. To add to what I previously said. This is how I’m handling life now and I know i could have never gotten to this realization without Bravo’s intervenience in my lfe so here it goes.
    “I PROMISE MYSELF TO CHANGE MY LIFE FROM NOW ON. I WILL NOT GO BACK TO THE BEHAVIORS I USED TO HAVE. I WILL ONLY LOOK FORWAR AND FORGET THE PAST. I NOW LET GO OF ANY SELFISH/UNPURE REASON I WAS USING TO CHANGE MY LIIFE, I DO THIS BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THAT TO REACH THE LIGHT, THERE NEEDS TO BE PURENESS/HUMBLENESS IN MY HEART AND CHARACTER. THIS IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED FOR WEAKNESS THOUGH, I AM THE ALPHA MALE, LIFE IS MY GAME AND I MAKE THE RULES. I WILL TRY TO INFLUENCE THE LIVES OF FRIENDS, SIBLINGS, AND OTHER LOVED ONES AS POSITIVELY AS I CAN, SPECIALLY MY FELLOW STYLELIFE CHALLENGERS FOR I KNOW THEY WILL BE THERE FOR ME AS MUCH AS I WILL BE THERE FOR THEM. AS FOR THOSE WHO TRY TO TAKE ME DOWN, I’LL BE KIND BUT FIRM FOR I KNOW THEY’RE REALLY JUST JEALOUS OF MY SWAGG. AS TO MY ENEMIES, EX’S OR OTHERS WHO HAVE HURT ME IN THE PAST, I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY BUT, “THANKS, IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR YOU, I WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN TO WHERE I AM” … “MAYBE WE’LL BE FRIENDS SOME DAY, MAYBE NOT, BUT I HOLD NO GRUDGES, ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU.” AS TO THE FUTURE, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WILL BRING, BUT I KNOW IT WON’T BE GOOD IF I KEEP LIVING IN THE PAST. SO I’LL MAKE EVERY SINGLE SECOND O F THE PRESENT A BLAST!!! HOWEVER BEING RESPOSIBLE ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF TOMORROW. I PROMISE THIS, NOT TO ANY OF YOU, BUT TO ME ONLY (SINCE ONLY I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MY SUCESS); HOWEVER; I DO IT IN FRONT OF ALL OF YOU SO YOU CAN BE MY WITNESSES AND MOTIVATORS. I AM THE FUCKEN MAN!!! I WILL MAKE HISTROY!!!!

    once again, and a billion times after that, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING BRAVO. You do really deserve an aplause everytime someone mentions your name btw. lol

  26. I can honestly say, if it were not for Bravo I wouldn’t be here(alive) right now.
    A couple weeks ago, after a terrible break-up with a woman who I thought was one in “6 billion” cheated on me with someone whom she knew I hated.
    I became bitter, angry, depressed and in a foolish impulse at 18 years of age I tried taking my own life thinking I had nothing to live for. I come from a past that is not as glamorous or easy to describe in words you can understand unless you’ve been there. I was so trapped by my own negativity that my mind was not looking clear at the path that was ahead of me. Like Albert Einstein once said “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” I did not see that until Bravo showed up.
    I came to him for some advice after my attempt to suicide failed, I was not expecting a response, much less one that was so quickly answered or as enlightening as his, I was just reaching out to him to tell myself I tried something but I knew I would try to finish the job (suicide) later. Bravo however, like a hero in a movie who shows up at the last minute and saves the day, saved my life with his constant advice.
    I remember the things he told me every time I’m feeling depressed because after some serious thought I’ve come to realize there is nothing more truthful and more encouraging than his words. Not only does he give really important, wise, expensive advice for free, but he seems happy to do so. Not only did he give me advice over and over again but he also related his story to mine, giving me comfort and confidence because I knew if a guy had been through something similar and succeeded so could I.
    His advice was literally life-changing. I now hold the keys to the control room of my life (which Bravo helped me find) and this time I’m breaking all the rules! I’m on my way to becoming a better man, A REAL MAN, and I had to pick some body that I would want to be like it would definitely be Bravo.
    Bravo, you are my role model, you are my savior, you are like the type of brother/father/friend that I always wanted but never had. Someone I could look up to, someone who is successful, someone who will listen, someone who is a kickass marital artist, but most importantly, someone who is not selfish and gives back to the community. I’m on the road to success thanks to you, you responded when no one else would. My only regret is not writing this words before because I was too busy feeling depressed and self-pity. Nonetheless, you are the man I want to grow up to be!! I swear, words can not express how thankful I am towards this man for saving my life!!!
    If you have any beverage near you raise it because I’m about to propose a toast. “Here’s to the Man who every Boy should grow up to be like, and the Man every Woman wants, Bravo!! Cheers!”
    P.S Style, if you ever read this, GIVE BRAO A RAISE, I don’t know how much he gets paid, but I’m pretty sure he deserves twice his salary. He’s very professional, he knows what he’s doing and he does it well, he takes his job seriously, but most of all I can tell he likes helping others!!

  27. I would not be where I am at today without BRAVO. So many great things to be said about his skills. Basically, he is the big brother that everyone wishes they had. He won’t let you fail and he pushes you into points where your game needs to go. Not only in game, but in your lifestyle.

  28. I ran across a post of Bravo’s on an internet discussion forum, where he talked about ways to stand out and get women to respond to you on internet dating sites.
    As with most things, I was pretty skeptical. I’ve heard plenty of guys claiming to be a super stud, only to turn out to be a loser dud.
    After following the discussion for several days and seeing other members replying and claiming they had used the methods he was promoting, and were now getting noticed by women, I started to get a peaked interest.
    To be completely honest though, I decided to move forward with his advice, half because I figured what the hell, anything is worth a shot, and the other half thinking I can expose this guy and those replies a probably his best friends backing him up.
    So, I diligently followed his advice, word for word. I wasn’t going to mess this up by slightly changing something and leave him a door to blame any failure on my changes.
    Up to that point, I had been on this particular dating site for a few months and had only gotten a handful of replies, and only a couple worth even replying to, using a profile I created myself, and thought was pretty good.
    I replaced this all with the suggestions Bravo had made.
    Within 3 hours I had 2 replies, both from cute looking girls!
    Oh well, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while, right?
    I went to bed that night slightly intrigued with the 2 ladies that had suddenly shown an interest in me.
    The next day I was busy and didn’t get to check online until late in the evening. Not even 24 hours had passed, and when I logged in I was shocked. I had 17 women who had send my messages! And at least 6 of them were very attractive girls that seemed to offer other great attributes, like shared interests, good humor, and similar goals.
    I was blown away. Consider me a skeptic no more.
    I sent my profile to Bravo and he suggested a few more tweaks for me to make. I can’t wait to see how they work out. If it works as well as his initial help did, I’m going to have to forgo some of my personal activities, so that I have more time for dating.
    Bravo is the real deal. I am a skeptic no more.

  29. MY GOD, THIS BRAVO
    Its so rarely to have someone break down anything so simple and have it stick forever. When other people teach me something, its like a bruise, stays for awhile and then disappears. Bravo leaves scars, I remember it…period.
    Also, it so refreshing to see someone that is passionate about their craft, loves to spread their knowledge, and genuinely WANTS TO HELP people that want to improve themselves.
    Not only that, he backs it up. He isn’t the fat coach telling his kids to run laps and cant do it himself to save his life. He proves that what he is teaching you works in the field. Master of the Social Arts.
    He is the Bee’s knees, arms, and the legs. He’s the cat’s meow. He is Fedor’s sweater. My god, this Bravo.

  30. Gold! Pure Gold! Bravo’s advice has lead directly to a dramatic increase in my success rates, especially with online game. I’ve taken his methods and made them my own and I’m a completely different guy out there now, its all instinctual. My story was similar to his, recently divorced, needed some help, was ready to grow and he was able to give me the extra juice I needed to take it to the next level.
    Listen to Bravo, he knows his game and the results are proven!

  31. Bravo is the real deal. I’ve learned so much over the past few years from his mentoring on the forums, and I wouldn’t have had the success with my game that I do if not for him. In addition, I’ve been fortunate enough to have some personal interactions with Bravo, and I can tell you that he is everything he’s cracked up to be, and he is very passionate about sharing his knowledge with others, and helping them achieve success.
    What you see is what you get with Bravo, and he is a great example of what a true pickup artist is.

  32. The least I can do in return for all that Bravo has done for me is post a comment on his blog to reaffirm to everyone who reads it just how awesome he is.
    During my time as a student with the Stylelife Academy, Bravo’s personal story and teachings were among the first of the coaches to truly standout and affect me in a dramatically positive way and not because I’ve necessarily gone through everything he’s gone through. Rather, his honesty & passion for both the social arts and teaching those arts to improve the lives of the men (and women) around him connected with me and helped me believe that real change for my life was possible.
    Here’s an excerpt from a message I sent him a while back to illustrate the type of change I am talking about:
    “Life’s great here man – I feel like I’m FINALLY getting my shit in order after a crazy couple of years. Startin up a conservative political and cultural blog (I’ll send you the link when it’s up), producin’ a new album, just started training military recruits with our MMA team, and I’m doin’ freelance work – not to mention I got to just bury head in a cool girls huge tits last night for the better part of 5 hours.
    You helped me change my life man.”
    That is an example of my new life, thanks most definitely in part to Bravo. Bravo is an inspiration, not by his words alone, but by his actions and the life he lives. He is his own proof.

  33. hi bravo,
    I’m Johnny Vice from Brazil, just wanted you to know that the 3 months since I got into pickup have been the greatest adventure of my life.I got two fuck buddies, a new sex life and right now I’m leaving home to play poker with my new friends, some of the most incredible party promoters of rio. Also, In the forums I met Helio, who is the best wing ever. Without his help I wouldn’t achieve any of my goals, but with my brother by my side I can go out everynght and still keep good grades at college. I really think that you guys don’t teach men how to pick up women. You teach men how to become better men. PU is a consequence. I must tell you, the first weeks of my divorce were dramatic. But now I’m a man full of self-confidence, happy with my current status, but always trying to improve it. I just wanted you and to know a story of how you showed me the path I needed to walk to change my life. You probably heard and read all that things before lots of times, but I needed to do this.
    Thank you Bravo, and my regards.
    You guys surel got yourselves a place in heaven.
    Truly to the bone, JV

  34. I have never known someone so genuine that amongst the masses of work, emails, teaching and living that they still have time to drop you a line to see how you are doing. BRAVO is more than just an inspiration and certainly more than just a legend in the Pickup community – to me he is a friend. A careful whisper in my ear when i need guidance and a real boost of energy on my journey as a PUA. Stick close to this guy people; he’s really gonna take you places you’ve never dreamed possible 😉

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