Topic: Martial Arts

Classes prove a hit for Navy

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSPTI Zac Stanley (photographer)

The first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class held at HMAS Kuttabul, with instructor Ash Noble (front, middle). (photo: LSPTI Zac Stanley)

The first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class held at HMAS Kuttabul, with instructor Ash Noble (front, middle).

The recent acceptance of martial arts into the list of approved sports by the Australian Defence Force Sports Council, and subsequent introduction of classes at HMAS Kuttabul, has proven a real 'hit' - keeping Navy members 'fit to fight'.

Martial arts now approved sport

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Aircraft Technician Avionics Byron Steele ( top) attacks during a grappling training session with Royal Australian Air Force Officer Flying Officer Bain Dohne at the first annual event for the ADF Martial Arts Association at the ADFA indoor sports centre, Canberra.  (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Aircraft Technician Avionics Byron Steele ( top) attacks during a grappling training session with Royal Australian Air Force Officer Flying Officer Bain Dohne at the first annual event for the ADF Martial Arts Association at the ADFA indoor sports centre, Canberra.

The Australian Defence Force has recognised martial arts as an approved sport allowing personnel to compete in five chosen disciplines.