2013-11-08 / Front Page

Tournament open to all services

By Nick Spinelli
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


A Soldier and Marine battle it out for dominant position during the previous BOSS combatives tournament held in February 2013. 
Photo by Wilson A. Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office A Soldier and Marine battle it out for dominant position during the previous BOSS combatives tournament held in February 2013. Photo by Wilson A. Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The Fort Gordon Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers combatives tournament will be held in Gym 5 Nov. 16. The event is open to all active duty, guard, or reservist of any branch of service.

“This is an event we hold twice a year, in the fall and in the winter,” said Staff Sgt. Robert Llewellyn, Fort Gordon BOSS president. We usually have anywhere from 60 to 80 participants come out, all from different services.”

In fact, Fort Gordon is one of the only – if not the only – installations to allow joint service competition in their combatives tournament.

“The way we see it is, each service puts its own spin on handto hand combat,” Llewellyn said. “Everybody does things a little different. This is an opportunity for each service to not only show off their skills, but maybe even pick up a few new ideas.”

The competition is free to enter, and prizes will be awarded to the top three combatants in each weight class. But Llewellyn says it’s more than just about trophies or bragging rights.

“It’s definitely a lot of fun, but it serves another purpose,” he said. “A lot of military training – regardless of branch of service – is based on combatives. A tournament is a fun way of keeping up skills and staying combat ready.”

Those interested in participating can register online by sending an email to Ft.gordonbosspresident@yahoo.com or in person during the weigh-in, which will be held Nov. 15 in Gym 5. For more information on this or other upcoming BOSS programs, visit www.fortgordon.com/boss or call (706) 251-0543.

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