19-Year-Old Beating 5 American Soldiers Back to Back Shows Why US Army Trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Rener Gracie is the son of Rorion Gracie, founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

When Rener was 19 years old, he joined his father on a visit to Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Washington, for a jiu-jitsu demonstration and DVD signing.

Some of the soldiers asked if they could spar with the young legend, and Gracie agreed. He then posted a video of the fights to YouTube on Monday.

One by one, Gracie defeats five Army soldiers, although he credits their skills and application of their moves. When it comes to match-winning moves, he said:

“Timing is everything.”

Jiu-jitsu has been taught to soldiers in the U.S. Army since the 1990s. While it was originally for only Army Rangers, it has since trickled down and serves as a way to ensure every soldier is able to defend himself — or herself — should the need arise.

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