Fort Benning's Post Combatives Tournament will kick-off Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Smith Fitness Center on Dixie Road.
According to a post press release, approximately 100 soldiers from Fort Benning units are expected to compete in this event. Two competitors from each of the seven weight divisions will represent Fort Benning in the 2009 Army Championship Combatives Tournament scheduled for Sept. 18-20.
The event is open to active duty soldiers, National Guardsmen, Army Reservists and other service members attached or assigned to Army units. The fighters will compete within a graduated set of rules.
Army combatives is a functional, mixed martial art form combining Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, clinch hitting, takedowns and ground-fighting techniques. Combatives also employs techniques borrowed from judo, kick boxing and Greco-roman wrestling.
The U.S. Army Combatives School trains approximately 500 soldiers at levels three and four every year. These soldiers return to their units around the world to conduct training.
Basic (level one) combatives is one of the Army’s 40 warrior core tasks and is taught to thousands of basic training soldiers annually.
The public is invited to attend the combatives competition. There is no admission fee and parking is free. For more information, call 706-545-3512.