The All Army Lacerda Cup Combatives Competition brings together 20 teams and what are expected to be about 180 competitors from across the Army to contend for championship titles in hand-to-hand fighting. Each team will consist of eight competitors and one coach.
Male and female competitors vie individually and as teams in eight weight classes: bantamweight, flyweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, cruiserweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight.
During the competition, preliminary and quarter-final rounds will be under standard rules, with rounds lasting no longer than 6 minutes. Semi-final rounds will be under intermediate rules, with rounds not exceeding 10 minutes. Individual championship rounds will use advanced rules, with 16 total matches taking place one at a time, three rounds of 3 minutes each.
Day 1 will be an opening ceremony at the Smith Fitness Center, 6835 Dixie Road, building 2874.
Then come preliminary and quarter-final rounds under standard rules.
On Day 2, April 15, combatives competition continues at Smith, with semi-final rounds, using intermediate rules.
April 16 is set aside for individual championship rounds using advanced rules. The venue will be Fort Benning’s Doughboy Stadium, followed by an awards ceremony for the individual weight classes.
The Lacerda Cup Competition ends April 17 with a team championship event in which the top four competing teams must use combatives techniques in a series of tactical scenarios, at the Sniper Course compound.
Under one past Lacerda Cup tactical scenario, for example, teams were tasked with clearing multiple rooms and searching for and subduing enemy combatants.
During this year’s competition, the top two teams from the first scenario will advance to a second scenario to compete for the overall championship.
That will be followed by an awards ceremony.