Archive for April, 2012
By Lance Cpl. D. J. Wu
It was another early morning. It was cold. I knew there were going to be nine fighters in the tournament but I didn’t know what to expect.
I went to the meet up spot a little early as usual, just so I wouldn’t miss anything.
The first two people I met were a couple of guys I’ve never seen before. It turned out that one of them was a visiting coach from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., and the other was a student from the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School and new to the team.
By Tim Hipps
Three Greco-Roman wrestlers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program earned Olympic berths at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Wrestling, April 21–22.
Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers, Sgt. Spenser Mango and Spc. Justin Lester won their weight classes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to earn spots on Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Games, scheduled to run from July 27 to Aug. 12, in London. All three Soldiers are stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.
Two-time Olympian Byers won the 120-kilogram/264.5-pound division in two straight matches of a best-of-three final series against Michigan Wrestling Club’s Steve Andrus of Manhattan, Kan., by scores of 1–0, 1–0 and 2–0, 2–0.
By Lance Cpl. Kasey Peacock
For the first time on Okinawa, an American was recognized by the Okinawan Judo Association with an award for instructor of the year at the Okinawa Budokan in Naha April 7.
Paul E. Newman, the deputy camp commander on Camp Kinser, received the award for his more than 15 years of experience as a Judo instructor on Okinawa. Newman instructs four days-a-week at the Kadena Air Base Judo Club and co-instructs a Saturday and Sunday class at the Koza Athletic Park.
“Teaching Judo is all I have ever wanted to do,” said Newman. “It was something that I excelled at, and I developed a really strong passion to want to teach it.”
by Senior Airman Jason J. Brown
More than 20 military and civilian police officers from the Hampton Roads community participated in a Krav Maga training course at Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 2–8.
The class, held in the base static display hangar, trained participants in the art of Krav Maga, a form of noncompetitive self-defense focusing on striking, wrestling and grappling techniques.
Krav Maga was created in the late 1930s by Imre Lichtenfeld, an Israeli martial artist who developed the practice to defend his Jewish neighborhood against anti-Semitic gang violence in Bratislava. Currently, all Israeli soldiers, including Special Forces units, learn Krav Maga as part of their basic military training.
The Pentagon Channel’s full interview with the The Navy Boxing Team’s Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Rhonda McGee from their coverage of the 2012 Armed Forces Boxing Championship at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
This is their third year covering Armed Forces Boxing. This year, they’ll run nine hour-long episodes, covering each weight class, female exhibitions and consolation bouts. They’ll also feature profile packages on boxers, scoring and rules and much more. Episodes will begin releasing every Friday, starting March 9.
RANDORI is a term used in the Japanese Martial Arts (JMA) to describe free fighting training. The term literally means “Choas Taking” or “Grasping Freedom,” implying a freedom from the structured practice of KIHON WAZA “Essential Techniques” or KATA “Two person self defense patterns.” Randori may be contrasted with Kihon Waza and Kata, as three potentially complementary types of training.
by Airman Daniel B. Blackwell
Competitive mix martial arts has swept the nation in a craze of blood, sweat and steel. Combatants are pitted against one another in a battle of strength, skill, endurance and mental fortitude.
Shaw Air Force Base is no exception to this phenomenon and Capt. Anthony Genochio, 20th Fighter Wing manpower and personnel flight commander, knows this to be true and is the driving force behind Shaw’s upcoming endeavor.