Private Christian Scott has been using his skills in ju-jitsu and wrestling to aid in training Indonesian Army soldiers in the Army Combatives Program.
CAPTION: Australian Army Private Christian Scott from 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, practices Pencak Silat with Indonesian Army soldiers during Exercise Wirra Jaya at the Baturaja Training Area, South Sumatra, Indonesia. Story and photo by Corporal Dustin Anderson.
The Australian Army infantry soldier, from the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, (5RAR), is deployed to Indonesia on Exercise Wirra Jaya.
It’s Private Scott’s second deployment to Indonesia, having deployed on Exercise Garuda Shield in August.
“It’s been amazing to come back to the training area. Having been here before has just made the training this time so much smoother,” Private Scott said.
“I have been able to learn some basic Indonesian to help train their soldiers and understand the Indonesian culture much better this time.”
Private Scott got to show his martial arts abilities at the 5RAR fight night – a wrestling and ju-jitsu competition held by the unit.
He placed first in the heavyweight division.
“I had only been in the unit for a couple of months and saw there was a competition coming up, so I signed up,” Private Scott said.
“It was a blur during the last round, but I was lucky enough to get my hand raised at the end of it.”
Private Scott was born in Armidale in the northern tablelands of NSW, where he attended the University of New England, studying business and majoring in finance. He now lives in Darwin.
“I worked as an accountant for two years after I finished my degree,” Private Scott said.
“I wanted to push myself in a more physical direction, so I thought it would be a good time to join Defence.”
Private Scott said his Army experience had exceeded expectations.
“I have been in the battalion for not even a year. I’ve had two overseas trips and now have the opportunity to do a support course,” he said.
“I’ve had so many unique experiences, learned new skills and met some great people. Making these friendships has been very rewarding for me.”