Combatives competition this weekend at Fort Benning

If you're a fan of the popular mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship, you'll want to check out the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center Combatives Championship this weekend.

The competition will be held Aug. 16 beginning at 1 p.m. and Aug. 17 beginning at 9 a.m. at Fort Benning’s Briant Wells Gym. Winners are expected to compete in the All-Army Combatives Championship scheduled for Oct. 4 and 5.

The tournament will bring together 75 soldiers assigned to National Guard units from more than 16 states to compete in single elimination matches until the semi-finals. Two losers from the semi-finals will fight for third place, and the two winners will fight for first and second places.

Army combatives is a mixed martial arts form combining Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, clinch hitting, takedowns and ground fighting techniques. Combatives also employs techniques borrowed from judo, kickboxing 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.