The Lacerda Cup Combatives Competition runs April 14-17 and is expected to draw about 180 competitors from across the Army. Each team will be made up of eight competitors and one coach. Male and female competitors will fight individually and as teams in eight weight classes.
During the competition, preliminary and quarterfinal rounds will be under standard rules, with rounds lasting no longer than six minutes. Semifinal rounds will be under intermediate rules, with rounds not exceeding 10 minutes.
The final team championship event will put the top four competing teams through a course where they must use combatives techniques in a series of tactical scenarios. In the past, teams were tasked with clearing multiple rooms and searching for and subduing enemy combatants.
The term for hand-to-hand combat training and techniques within the U.S. military.
The legal status of an individual to engage in hostilities during an international armed conflict.
Combatants on both sides were affected by the chemical attack.