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The Missouri National Guard has scheduled a state-wide combatives tournament open to all state guardsmen for 9 a.m. Jan. 19 at Jason Gym on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. The event is free and open to the public. Final bouts are set to begin at approximately 2 p.m.

Combatives is the Army’s name for hand-to-hand combat which incorporates fighting techniques from conventional martial arts and combat sports that Army soldiers are trained in during basic training.

This is the third consecutive year the Missouri Guard has held the tournament, but the first time in Jefferson City. The event was held at Fort Leonard Wood in 2011 and Saint Charles in 2012.

Saturday’s event will include bouts in eight weight brackets and is open to both male and female competitors. The bracket format is double elimination. Winners at the state level will be eligible to compete in the national All Guard Combatives Tournament from March 15-17 at Fort Benning, Ga.

Preliminary and semi-final matches are slated for one, six-minute round of submission-style grappling. Finals matches consist on one, ten minute round and add the use of intermediate level rules, which includes open-hand striking and kicks. The size of each bracket will be determined by the number of competitors.

Weigh-ins for the tournament will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.


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