Tournament helps build camaraderie

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
Dominique Ramos, combat medic, Pediatric Clinic, TAMC, attempts to subdue her opponent during TAMC’s  Combatives Tournament, Jan. 13-14, Martinez Fitness Center at Schofield Barracks.

Dominique Ramos, combat medic, Pediatric Clinic, TAMC, attempts to subdue her opponent during TAMC’s Combatives Tournament, Jan. 13-14, Martinez Fitness Center at Schofield Barracks. (Courtesy Photo)

Stephanie Bryant
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Service members from across the island came together for Tripler Army Medical Center’s Combatives Tournament, Jan. 13-14, at Martinez Fitness Center, here.

Preliminary fights, which consisted of one, five-minute round were held Jan. 13. During the semifinals and finals, Jan. 14, matches consisted of two, five-minute rounds.

Dominique Ramos, combat medic, Pediatric Clinic, TAMC, was the main coordinator for the event. She said organizing the event was not easy, but she wanted to see it through to the end.

“There is a big demand for the Modern Army Combatives Program,” Ramos said. “I really enjoy doing combatives and this was a great way to bring all the units together. It takes an individual’s sport and transforms it into a team sport.”

Ramos, who is level-2-certified in combatives, said Troop Command hopes to turn this into an annual event.

Randal Kumagai, intelligence analyst, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was excited to sign up for the competition.

“I think the fact that Troop Command held a combatives tournament is great,” Kumagai said, who is also level-2-certified in combatives. “It is a great way to see how you match up against others and it builds a lot of camaraderie among the troops.”

Safety was a top priority for Troop Command when organizing and managing the event, said Yolanda Moore, Pediatric Clinic, TAMC.

“We have two ambulances on standby, two doctors and countless medics on hand,” Moore said. “Each participant was evaluated after each round they competed in.”

Local Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, BJ Penn, came out to support the tournament. He welcomed everyone to meet him and signed autographs.

Penn said he is very happy to see the military embracing jujitsu.

“The Army has brought combatives to such a high level,” Penn said.

He said the great thing about combatives is that you don’t have to think of yourself as a fighter and take it seriously.

“It is a great way to stay in shape and is good as a hobby,” he said.

One hundred competitors participated in the tournament. Troop Command offered a bronze, silver and gold medals for each of the seven weight classes. The unit with the most points collectively also took home a trophy.

Winners

Featherweight

Champion: Marie Cabel, TAMC

Second place: Hannah Bienhoff, TAMC

Lightweight

Champion: Marrell Reeves, TAMC

Second place: Alvin Concepcion, TAMC

Third place: Calvin Johnson, 307th ESB, 516th Sig. Bde., 311th Sig. Cmd.

Welterweight

Champion: Kris Concepcion, TAMC

Second place: Joseph Yeampierre, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID

Third place: Alexander Young, 2nd Sqdn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID

Middleweight

Champion: William Majestic, 53rd Sig., 1st Space Bde.

Second place:David Cancel, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID

Third place: Andrew Kish, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID

Cruiserweight

Champion: Jody Ashline, 2nd Sqdn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID

Second place: Dale Marino, 411th Eng. Bde. (Theater Army)

Third place: Cory Miles, 2nd Sqdn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID

Light Heavyweight

Champion: Terence Siemon, TAMC

Second place: Bryant Watrous, 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC

Third place: Robert Villalpando, 4960 MTB, 9th MSC

Heavyweight

Champion: Kyle Smith, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID

Second place: Shaun Conyers, 311th Sig. Cmd.

Third place: John Gilfeten, 2nd Sqdn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID

Team Standings

Champion: TAMC, 910 points

Second place: 2nd Sqdn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, 620 points

Third place: 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, 425 points

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