Pfc. Frazer Taua, top, and Sgt. Daquon Jeffress of the 2nd Infantry Division compete during the Friday Night Fights debut tournament at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, May 10, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
Pfc. Frazer Taua, top, and Sgt. Daquon Jeffress of the 2nd Infantry Division compete during the Friday Night Fights debut tournament at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, May 10, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

2nd ID soldiers ‘bring it to the mat’ for Friday Night Fights at Camp Humphreys

by Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The 2nd Infantry Division has launched a Friday Night Fights tournament featuring progressively more difficult hand-to-hand combat to promote readiness within its formations.

The tournament, which began Friday, will bring soldiers from all major subordinate commands under 2nd ID to Sitman Fitness Center on Camp Humphreys each week to determine who will advance to the next round and fight to be the first Friday Night Fights champion.

“We are bringing the soldiers in because tournaments like this build their resiliency, their confidence in each other and their readiness,” Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Dillon, the division’s operations noncommissioned officer, told Stars and Stripes on Friday.

“If a soldier has the confidence to go out there, toe-to-toe with someone they don’t know, overcome that fear of essentially being in hand-to-hand combat with an individual, it’s going to build their resilience, their self-confidence is going to grow,” Dillon said, “and they will be more resilient when facing tough times out on missions.”

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