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Combatives center open for business

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By MARY BARCZAK
Gold Standard Staff Writer
mary.c.barczak.ctr@mail.mil
The Fort Knox Modern Army Combatives Program and Functional Fitness Center officially opened Friday.
Maj Gen. Jeff Smith, Commander of U.S. Cadet Command and Fort Knox, said the project was about 11 months in the making.
“When I first started here I was unaware that there was not a facility such as this for our Soldiers to train at,” he said.
Smith said he was glad they were able to revitalize an older building that wasn’t being used to create this new space for the Soldiers to train.
The center, headed by Master Sgt. Phillip Mays, is located on Wilson Road at Kelley Hall.
The center is equipped with punching bags, boxing gear, a 24-foot professional cage, pull-up bars, kettle bells, medicine balls, wooden platforms, gymnastics rings and more.
Besides martial arts, the center will also focus on functional fitness which is a, “strength and conditioning program that constantly varies, evolves, and focuses on high intensity,” Mays said.
The ultimate goal is to improve one’s fitness in less time than it would take to do a traditional cardio or strength training program, he said.
The facility is open Monday through Friday starting at 9:30 a.m. Open mat time is 11:30 to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
It is for Soldier use only.
Those interested in utilizing the center for unit training can contact the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at (502) 624-2591.

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