TLW – Stamps strives to take combatives

| October 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
As team members of the 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conduct their weekly combatives practice Sept. 30, 2nd Lt. Jameson Stamps, a native of Houston, Texas, and a  engineer officer with Company A, 65th BEB, helps instruct members of his team. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

As team members of the 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conduct their weekly combatives practice Sept. 30, 2nd Lt. Jameson Stamps, a native of Houston, Texas, and a engineer officer with Company A, 65th BEB, helps instruct members of his team. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Story and photos by
Sgt. Ian Ives
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — His moves are fluid and calculated. Every action made is with the intention of taking his opponent into submission. Though his face seems calm and content, you can see the intensity in his eyes. Losing is never an option.

“I really want to win this combatives competition,” said Stamps. “It’s obviously a huge adrenaline rush to be in a fight, but nothing beats that feeling of having your hand raised at the end of a match.”

2nd Lt. Jameson Stamps, a native of Houston, Texas, and an engineer with Company A, 65th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, is one of many hopeful competitors in this year’s combatives tournament during Tropic Lightning Week.

Stamps strives to hone his skills and win placed him in a gym practicing every night for more than two hours during the week leading up to the competitions. Other than Modern Army Combatives, he has been working to strengthen himself in many different practices from stand-up fighting to his ground game.

Stamps is not a stranger to competitive fighting. He has been involved in mixed martial arts since he was in high school where he trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing. Since joining the Army, he has added Modern Army Combative skills to his fighting résumé while continuing to actively practice his other techniques.

“Tropic Lightning Week is an opportunity for me to put my skills to the test and prove that I am the best,” said Stamps.

Stamps has not been training for the Combatives competition alone. He is one of approximately 10 Soldiers in 2nd SBCT who have been preparing to compete under the training guidance of combatives coach Staff Sgt. Derrick Banks, a native of Westland, Michigan, and a combat engineer with Co. B, 65th BEB.

“We started off with reviewing combatives fundamentals to get a feel of everyone’s current skill level,” said Banks. “Then we used 2nd Lt. Stamps’ experience, as well as more advanced Modern Army Combative Program techniques, to prepare the competitors.”

Throughout the course of the competition, teams from each brigade competed for the No. 1 spot. The teams are generally comprised of winners from brigade level competitions held earlier this year, such as 2nd SBCT’s Week of the Warrior.

“I am confident in our abilities to win,” said Banks. “If our Soldiers do lose, though, as long as they show good sportsmanship and give it 100 percent on the mat, I will be OK with it.”

Losing, however, did not seem to be on Stamps’ agenda. As the days of practice began to come to a close, Stamps trained harder than ever.

On Oct. 5, during the start of the combatives competitions, Stamps won his first round as expected. His second round was quite a surprise. After battling it out during a grueling match, Stamps’ opponent defeated him.

“He wasn’t able to make me tap,” said Stamps, “but he was able to maintain a dominant position for most of the round giving him more points than me.”

Stamps may have lost this fight, but he will strive to compete again with a drive and motivation that displays the “Warrior Spirit” of 2nd SBCT. After all, whether you win or lose, competitive events, such as Tropic Lightning Week, are about the benefits Soldiers gain through training, camaraderie, and personal and team growth during the journey.

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