Cerberus fit to fight

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), POPTI Michael Steffens (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus, Martial Arts

Coach Jeroyen Lynders and foundation club members of the HMAS Cerberus Karate/Jiu-Jitsu Club. (photo: POPTI Michael Steffens)
Coach Jeroyen Lynders and foundation club members of the HMAS Cerberus Karate/Jiu-Jitsu Club.

Personnel at Victorian base, HMAS Cerberus recently formed a formal martial arts club and commenced the delivery of endorsed Brazilian jiu-jitsu training as part of the base’s sports program.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has recently been endorsed as an approved Australian Defence Force Sport, governed under the Australian Defence Force Martial Arts Association.

It is one of the fastest growing sports in the Defence Force and inculcates not only self defence skills that translate well across Defence’s combative and defensive training packages, but also instils other tangible skills to members such as discipline, resilience, rational problem solving under duress, fitness and toughness.

The training is being delivered by civilian instructor, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jeroyen Lynders.

Royal Australian Navy Defensive Skills coordinator Petty Officer Physical Trainer Michael Steffens said the base was lucky to have such a qualified coach assist in training.

“Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a fantastic addition to the base’s sport program as it achieves all the key objectives of sport and physical training in Navy which ultimately contributes to capability,” he said.

“While quite different to operational defensive tactics packages, Brazilian jiu-jitsu provides members with skills they can employ without access to weapons in a non-operational environment.

“It is congruent with many elements of the training packages the Defence delivers.

“The willingness to close and deal rationally with a given threat is a key skill set which directly translates to all facets of capability in the Defence Force,” Petty Officer Steffens said.

While still in its infancy, the club has already attracted some 25 participants on average each class during its first few weeks.

Australian Defence Force Martial Arts Association Secretary Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Byron Steele said it was fantastic to see such an immediate interest.

“We will continue to grow from here; our instructor and the Navy facility we use can handle double the amount of students we currently have, so we would invite and welcome any Defence member to come down and join in either on an enduring or periodic basis,” he said.