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Mixed Martial Arts fighter Josh Koscheck demonstrates combative techniques to soldiers from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during a training session at the Ironhorse Gym on Fort Hood on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Koscheck said his passion for training soldiers in fighting is his way of thanking them for their service to the nation.

FORT HOOD — Mixed martial arts fighter Josh Koscheck took a few hours during physical training Tuesday morning to teach some fighting basics to soldiers of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team “Greywolf,” 1st Cavalry Division.

The 40-year-old fighter said he has been working with soldiers his entire professional career as a way of showing his appreciation for their service.

“It’s part of me giving back and continuing to serve our country in a different way,” said Koscheck, who attended college on a wrestling scholarship instead of joining the military.

The professional fighter says he likes to spread a message to the troops that spending time learning fighting techniques such as mixed martial arts or Brazilian jiu-jitsu — a method of close combat — is a great alternative to destructive habits such as drinking at bars. It also helps to alleviate stress and builds resiliency, physical and mental health, all while adding another “tool in the tool bag” soldiers can use if the need arises while deployed to a combat zone. | 254-501-7554

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