Combatives training recommended for all Soldiers


Courtesy photo Sgt. Timothy Jenkins demonstrates a pin maneuver during combatives training at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center April 1.

Courtesy photo
Sgt. Timothy Jenkins demonstrates a pin maneuver during combatives training at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center April 1.

By Jill Jolly
Special to the Herald Union

Sgt. Timothy Jenkins is the primary instructor for level one and level two combatives training at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, and he encourages all Soldiers to get certified.

“It is important because if a Soldier gets into hand-to-hand combat with an enemy they need to know how to prevail, win the fight, and stay alive,” Jenkins said.


He instructs combative training on a daily basis, Jenkins said. He instructs level one and level two training for Soldiers from USAG Wiesbaden, but spends most of his time instructing the 529th Military Police Company.

Level one combative training is the beginning base of techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Jenkins said this is related to Army combat effectiveness.

Level one training helps the Soldier overcome the universal fight plan, which is the stronger opponent will hit the weaker opponent until one of them can no longer fight, he said.

“It gives Soldiers a base of fighting skills,” said Jenkins.

Combatives training is held at the McCully Warrior Center. Jenkins said he believes that it is great training for all Soldiers and that it is important for Soldiers to be level-one certified.

(Jill Jolly is a volunteer with the garrison’s Public Affairs Office)