In the early 1900's the legendary Gracie family invented Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a ground fighting martial art, with influences from Judo and Wrestling that focuses on chokes and joint locks.
By the early 90's, the Gracies proved on world-wide pay-per-view that their style of Jiu Jitsu was the most effective martial art in the entire world by defeating all other styles in no rules cage fighting.
Now meet Eddie Bravo, a man who became famous for his style of Jiu Jitsu. He became the first Jiu Jitsu fighter in the world to master the "spine wrenching, neck cranking" torture hold called "The Twister". This move was later to become banned by the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.
Even with his signature move outlawed, Eddie won the ADCC trials and earned the "Most Technical Fighter of the Night" award, earning him a spot in the 2003 Abu Dhabi Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Abu Dhabi Championship is the biggest and most prestigious Jiu Jitsu tournament in the world where Royler Gracie, son of the legendary Helio Gracie (the inventor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), has dominated every year. That is, until he ran into "The Twister".