Sunday, March 27, 2011


Last night's UFC Fight Night marked a historic first - it was the first time the so-called twister submission was successfully applied in UFC competition.  Chan Sung Jung, aka "The Korean Zombie" surprised us all when he busted it out at the end of Round 2 against Leonard Garcia to get the tap in the final second of the round.

This is a pretty rare submission, grapplers.  I have not seen it used in world class BJJ and submission grappling competition in years.   But, back in the day (10+ years ago) it was discussed quite a bit, especially in the RCJ Machado circles, because of Eddie Bravo, the JJ Machado Black Belt who refined it and made it famous.

I don't personally use this submission in practice, but I've had it demo'd (and attempted in free training) on me enough times to speak with authority in saying it's very effective.  It was great to see it used so well last night.  Even more so, it was great to hear Jung share after the fight that he learned the move from watching Eddie Bravo on YouTube.  Amazing.

Check out the set up Jung used below, as demonstrated by the "Twister" himself, Eddie Bravo.


  1. This is not the twister submission. This is a variation on the twister control finishing with a really complicated and likely never to get calf crusher.

  2. You have to credit Shayna Baszler for doing it twice in MMA - once in April 2008 verses Keiko "Tama Chan" Tamai at an EliteXC event, and verses Megumi Yabushita January 2010 at the Freestyle Cagefighting event.

    If Jung pulls it off again, I will be impressed.

  3. I'm not going to pretend I've been following his career from the start or anything, but I've been a fan of Jung since I first saw him in Sengoku and knew he was more than just a slugger.

    He may be perceived as a brawler in the US, but what made me a fan was his awesome grappling display against Kanehara at Sengoku 8 a couple of years ago. He lost by decision (and iirc it was a bit controversial too, but don't quote me on that), but it was a fantastically entertaining fight. I predicted Jung vs Garcia II to end with Jung by submission, and I'm not surprised it was a spectacular one.

    I seem to remember him saying in an interview a year or so ago that he watches a lot of youtube videos of interesting techniques, and he has the skill to pull them off. I expect more submission of the night bonuses in his future.

    I hope he will continue to train in the US for more cage and wrestling experience, I'm sure it won't be long until he's among the top ranked featherweights if he does.

  4. Oh, "having the skill to pull them off" was my comment btw, not his.

  5. The Twister is a spinal lock, not legal in BJJ competition, I believe.


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