Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Soldiers prepare for Army Combatives Tournament|
Posted 8/27/2010 Updated 8/27/2010
by Airman 1st Class Jack Sanders
8/27/2010 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson who finished in the top three spots for their weight division in a combatives tournament here Aug. 13 are preparing to move on to their next challenge of representing U.S. Army Alaska in the Army Combative Tournament at Fort Benning, Ga.
The competition will be hosted and administered by the Army Combatives School, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment and the Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Ga.
Weigh in for the Army wide tournament is Sept. 13 with the tournament running Oct. 1-3.
A prize will be awarded for the top team, as well as the top three individual fighters in each weight class.
A group of Soldiers have practiced daily at the Geronimo Gym for their upcoming combatives tournament.
Spc. Daniell Cook, 1st Squadron (Airborne) 40th Cavalry Regiment said, "I'm a commo guy over there for the Cav I basically work with radios any kind of commo equipment I fix and maintain."
"(Specialist, Cook and I) were deployed with Sergeant (Nathan) Pledger (combatants class teacher) he called me about an hour before the tournament was weighing in and that's how we got there," said Specialist Anthony Clet, 1-40th Cavalry.
Although many members of the group are confident since placing well in the local tournament, Aug. 13, there are mixed feelings between the Soldiers for how they'll fare at the Army wide competition.
"I was in the cruiser weight and I placed second. I should do alright (in the Army wide tournament) the big part that's going to be different is going to be the cardio. There's a lot more cardio going into this new one," Specialist Clet.
According to the All Army Combatives Tournament rules, competitors will fight in seven set weight classes with a modified double-elimination tournament format. Every unit that attends will be represented by no more than a 14 Soldier team which will consist of no more than two fighters per weight class. Located at www.Benning.army.mil/combatives.
Each individual fighter will compete in his or her weight class, winning points going toward their placement as well as for their teams.
If a fighter wins a bout by points they will contribute one point to their teams point tally. If a competitor wins a bout by submission they'll add two more points to their teams total point tally. That means a submission win is worth three points (two point for submission, one point for the win) added to the team's point total. If a Soldier wins his weight division, he will add 15 points to his team. Second place adds 10 points and third place is worth five additional points.
Semifinal and final rounds will use two different sets of rules than the winner and loser brackets in the beginning of the tournament, according to the Ft. Benning site. Semifinals bouts will be fought using intermediate rules while the final round will follow advanced rules.
United States Army Combatives School cadre will provide judges in case of a fight coming to decision.
Matches will last one, six-minute round.
In the case of a bout coming to a judge's decision, points will be awarded on established good fighting habits and emphasize the importance of dominant body position. Submission will end the fight regardless of the score.
The tournament is open to active-duty, National Guard, Reserve Soldiers, or other service members who are attached or assigned to Army units
I'm glad we get to go on this." said Spc. Daniell Cook. He said that with his job he isn't usually able to do many activities like this but when he does, "It feels good to be able to go out and represent the Cav like this."