Guardsmen take to the ring this weekend

Members of the Missouri National Guard will compete against one another on Saturday in the third annual Combatives tournament. Winners from the Missouri event will head to the national competition in March.

Members of the Missouri National Guard will compete against one another on Saturday in the third annual Combatives tournament. Winners from the Missouri event will head to the national competition in March. Courtesy/Missouri National Guard

Guardsmen from across the state will test their combat skills during a statewide competition in Jefferson City. They will compete at the 2013 Combatives tournament on Saturday at Jason Gym on the Lincoln University campus.

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The event is free and open to the public. The competition begins at 9 a.m. with eight weight brackets. The final bouts are set to begin at about 2 p.m.

The 2013 Combatives tournament includes hand-to-hand combat, which incorporates techniques from conventional martial arts and combat sports in which Army soldiers are trained during basic training.

Watch Guardsmen in action at www.newstribune.com/combat

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