Airman 1st Class Robby Hedrick, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs specialist, granted his title of Utah Director for Sadiq Warrior Arts to Cris Crismon, of the Ogden Air Logistics Center Manpower division, during the inaugural Utah Filipino Martial Arts Workshop held in West Haven, Feb. 4.
The workshop was hosted by the Sadiq Warrior Arts Federation, and instructional sessions were taught by Guro Brandon Jordan, the founder of Mandala Mandiriga and director of the West Coast division of the Sadiq Warrior Arts Federation. Jordan worked with Hedrick to find a qualified individual to take over Hedrick's Utah directorship once the Airman leaves to attend the 2010 Air Force Wrestling Camp this month.
Jordan and Hedrick agreed to hand the Utah directorship to Crismon, who has been studying various forms of martial arts for more than 13 years.
"I specialize in Wing Chun kung fu," said Crismon. "Wing Chun complements my role in Sadiq Warrior Arts by adding to the knowledge base of the system."
During last week's workshop, Crismon was also awarded Instructor Level 1, "meaning he is in the process of learning the Sadiq Warrior Arts system at the instructor level versus the student level," said Hedrick.
In his role as Utah director, Crismon will promote the Sadiq Warrior Art form within the states of Utah and Idaho and continue his own growth within the martial art form by attending seminars and distance learning courses.
"I will also take the opportunity to teach or host seminars on base if and when space becomes available. In the meantime I will just offer opportunities, informally, to work out in a club-type setting," he added.
Crismon said that although this responsibility has no direct relation to his responsibilities within the OO-ALC, he feels "that it does, however, complement the Warrior ethos that all of our deployable Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines need."
Upon completion of the 2010 Air Force Wrestling Camp, Hedrick will complete a permanent change of station to Aviano Air Base, Italy. Once stationed there, Hedrick will accept the title of European director for Sadiq Warrior Arts Federation.