MMA update: Marines bring combatives to the combat zone

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Lance Cpl. Keith Silva, right, tries to take down Lance Cpl. Brett P. Schwindt during Saturday's ground-fighting tournament at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. Silva ended up taking top honors in the 180-to-199-pound weight class. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez)

Part March Madness. Part martial arts. Part bragging rights. Mostly, a morale boost for Marines in theater.

Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, took out some war-zone stress and showed off their martial arts skills the last two Saturdays, competing in a ground-fighting tournament that organizers hope will build camaraderie within the unit.

Check out a full write-up and some more pics, all by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez, here. According to the piece, the combatives exercises are just a part of the pseudo-Olympics set up by CLB 1. They’ve already had football, soccer and volleyball events, and they’re planning a strongman competition — probably without the keg toss or the refrigerator-strapped-on-your-back race, but you can’t rule anything out.

CLB 1 is on a seven-month deployment in Helmand province that began in late September.


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