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Lightweight 2012 National Guard Combatives Champion

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Pfc. Aaron Johnson, Indiana Army National Guard, won the 2012 National Guard Combatives Tournament lightweight (140 pounds) class against Spc. Thomas Pfeiffer, Washington Army National Guard. Johnson has competed in nearly every type of fighting tournament to include wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, Jui-Jitsu, and mixed martial arts leagues. “It’s pretty crazy putting grappling, pancrase, and then the final fight the last day,” said Johnson. “It is definitely wear and tear on your body.” Since Johnson did not have a ring-side coach for the finals, he enlisted the help of Guam National Guard coaches Master Sgt. Allen Blend and Spc. Kenji Okiyama.


Photo by: 1st Lt. Michael Thompson, 78th Homeland Response Force, Georgia Army National Guard

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Taken on April 3, 2012