The Australian Defence Force has long encouraged the mental and physical fitness of its members, both while at work and in their own time.
To achieve optimal physical fitness levels, ADF members are given a wide array of sporting activities to choose from, ranging from water-based activities to field team sports.
And with the addition of martial arts to the approved list of sports, more members are seizing the opportunity to take advantage of the challenging mental and physical demands that the Australian Defence Force Martial Arts Association (ADFMAA) can provide.
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Cristy Hazelman is one who has risen to this challenge by pursuing her passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Having competed for several years in a number of tournaments, LSET Hazelman has now set her sights on representing Navy in the arena as a martial artist.
“I am currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and have participated and competed steadily since 2014,” she said.
“I have won competitions at local, state, national and international level with my most notable win being 2017 NoGi World Titles, where I competed as a Masters Blue Belt and placed third in my weight category (super heavyweight) and first in the Absolute/Open (all weights).”
Leading Seaman Hazelman said the formation of the ADFMAA was a sign that martial arts are becoming increasingly popular in the ADF.