Competitors go head-to-head and hand-to-hand in combat wrestling.

Although the sport originated overseas, one local police officer is running the show right here in our neck of the woods.

It’s at T.K. Martial Arts Academy where Captain Tim Kuth, with the Lowell Police Department, headquarters Team USA Combat Wrestling.

“It ties in wrestling, grappling, with submissions like chokes and arm-bars,” said Kuth, who also serves as the president of the U.S. Combat Wrestling Association.

It’s still in it’s infancy stages, but combat wrestling is growing fast. Originating in Japan, the sport made its way to America only a few years ago.

“It lost a little bit of popularity but now it is shooting right back up. Now it’s an international sport and we are based right here out in Northwest Arkansas,” Kuth said. 

Headquartered in Lowell, it’s the perfect location for competitors from across the country to meet and work out before big competitions.

“We’re in the center of the U.S. and we can bring everyone together here in Northwest Arkansas. It’s easy access for everyone,” Kuth said. “Team USA is made up of athletes from all across the country, coast to coast, from San Francisco to New York City.” 

It’s a pretty fun sport, and with the proper training, it’s completely safe.

Next month, Team U.S.A. heads to Japan for the world championship. Coach Kuth says they have what it takes to top the podium.

“We’re gonna win the world championship and we’re also going to come out with a lot of medals,” Kuth said.

And his advice for newcomers when they take the mat?

“Tuck your chin and get ready to go for a ride,” Kuth said.