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Fit to Fight: Incirlik Airmen roll with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Brancato, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, flips Senior Airman Steven Nadeau, a student, during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The free class is conducted by Airmen who volunteer to teach as BJJ coaches, and is available for all Airmen stationed on the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Brancato, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, flips Senior Airman Steven Nadeau, a student, during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The free class is conducted by Airmen who volunteer to teach as BJJ coaches, and is available for all Airmen stationed on the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Brancato, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, ties a stripe to one of his students’ belts during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. In the martial arts world, practitioner’s ranks are coded by the color of their belts, while the stripes on those belts signify tiers within those ranks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Brancato, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, ties a stripe to one of his students’ belts during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. In the martial arts world, practitioner’s ranks are coded by the color of their belts, while the stripes on those belts signify tiers within those ranks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erin Sims, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, teaches a choke-hold technique to Senior Airman Steven Nadeau, a student, during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Many Airmen practice martial arts as a way to maintain physical resiliency and remain fit to fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erin Sims, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, teaches a choke-hold technique to Senior Airman Steven Nadeau, a student, during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Many Airmen practice martial arts as a way to maintain physical resiliency and remain fit to fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Brancato, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, teaches ground fighting techniques to Staff Sgt. Dani Acevedo, a student, during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu serves as a major component of mixed-martial arts, and is one of the many free fitness-related classes offered to Airmen on the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Brancato, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, teaches ground fighting techniques to Staff Sgt. Dani Acevedo, a student, during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu serves as a major component of mixed-martial arts, and is one of the many free fitness-related classes offered to Airmen on the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Airmen conduct a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are offered on the base for free, and benefits participants by improving their physical, mental and spiritual health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Airmen conduct a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are offered on the base for free, and benefits participants by improving their physical, mental and spiritual health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a group photo after a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes have been held by Airmen at Incirlik since 2015, and is one of the many avenues Airmen use to enhance their physical, mental and spiritual fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a group photo after a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes have been held by Airmen at Incirlik since 2015, and is one of the many avenues Airmen use to enhance their physical, mental and spiritual fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Brancato, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, flips Senior Airman Steven Nadeau, a student, during a class Nov. 7, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The free class is conducted by Airmen who volunteer to teach as BJJ coaches, and is available for all Airmen stationed on the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua)