More than 300 soldiers from around the world, including several on leave from the conflict in Iraq, competed in the opening elimination rounds of the 2008 U.S. Army Combatives Tournament held at the Smith Physical Fitness Center on Fort Benning Saturday.
Army Combatives trains soldiers in close quarters, hand to hand combat, and is a mixed martial form that combines Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, clinch hitting, takedowns and ground fighting techniques. It also includes judo, kick boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling techniques.
The competition has seven weight divisions, and finals begin at 11:00 a.m. Sunday and is open to the public. A visitors pass must be obtained at the visitors centers at either the I-185 gate or the Benning Road gate. Soldiers will used advanced rules fighting techniques during the finals.