For years, martial artists have debated the effectiveness of their particular discipline. How would a black belt in Karate fare against a free-style wrestler? What would happen if a boxer went up against a Jeet Kune Do practitioner? Is there one art that would consistently dominate?

On November 12, 1993, at the first Ultimate Fighting Championship, the question was answered. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stood head and shoulders above the competition. At the first four UFC tournaments, an unassuming 180-pound young man by the name of Royce Gracie defeated every fighter he faced, even some that out weighed him by up to 70 pounds.

Today, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts has evolved and fighters are well-rounded, knowing elements of several disciplines. But one thing is consistent across the board. To be a fighter, you better have some training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or you may well find yourself on the losing end of the fight.