Benning Combatives Championship approaching

Ultimate Fighting Championship fans should mark October 4 and 5 on their calendars.

That's when Fort Benning's fourth U.S. Army Combatives Championship at Smith Fitness Center on Dixie Road will take place.

Preliminary matches will kick off after a 9 a.m. opening ceremony, Oct. 4. Final matches will begin at 10 a.m., Oct. 5. Weigh-ins will be conducted on Oct. 3.

The tournament will be held round-robin style. Approximately 200 men and women from around the world will compete for medals. The tournament has seven weight divisions.

Modern Combatives is a functional mixed martial art form combining Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, clinch hitting, takedowns and groundfighting 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, according to Fort Benning's Public Affairs Office.

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.