1001 lessons of Alan Belcher vs. Palhares in UFC, by “drummer” Eddie Bravo

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UFC on FOX: Palhares v Belcher. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The tattooed Alan Belcher tries to control Toquinho's arm in the UFC octagon. Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

As Renzo Gracie taught us one time, way back in GRACIEMAG issue 3, the secret to progress in training is to make it so everything is Jiu-Jitsu and Jiu-Jitsu is everything.

That is, you shouldn’t think about Jiu-Jitsu, or like a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, only when you’re within the academy walls. The thing is to think Jiu-Jitsu when you’re at work, home, the doctor’s office—or during a rehearsal, as off-hours musician Eddie Bravo did the other day.

Charged up on Alan Belcher’s win over Rousimar Toquinho at last Saturday’s UFC, Bravo decided to put down his drumsticks and immerse himself in Jiu-Jitsu studies. To the delight of his band and us, practitioners.

Eddie demonstrates a few options for executing the twister, which Belcher came close to pulling off in his fight at UFC on Fox. To boot, he demonstrates his favorite wrist grip for the maneuver—the baseball-bat grip.


“There was a moment where he could have sunk the calf crunch, but suddenly he decided to do something better: finish with the banana-split or twister and drive the crowd wild with what would have been the UFC submission of the year,” commented Bravo.

The twister is a finishing move where one of the victim’s legs is locked down and his neck is pointing in the other direction, as you can see at minute 6:40 of the video.

Now the banana split is a leg or crotch attack, as shown at minute 11:20 of the video.

Take a look at the quantity of twisting options Jiu-Jitsu has to offer, and behold how Jiu-Jitsu is indeed infinite. And remember, may everything be Jiu-Jitsu, and Jiu-Jitsu be everything.

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