Martial arts exponent enters hall of fame

Recognition: Martial arts expert Mark Szalajko has received a deserved acknowledgement for his 25 years in the sport. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Recognition: Martial arts expert Mark Szalajko has received a deserved acknowledgement for his 25 years in the sport. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Recognition: Martial arts expert Mark Szalajko has received a deserved acknowledgement for his 25 years in the sport. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Recognition: Martial arts expert Mark Szalajko has received a deserved acknowledgement for his 25 years in the sport. Picture: Jonathan Ng

MARK Szalajko, who owns Bujutsu Martial Arts Centre at Smeaton Grange, has reached a pinnacle in his martial arts career.

Szalajko has been inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame after 25 years of being involved in the sport.

Szalajko has won many awards including eight Australian martial arts titles but this latest acknowledgement is special.

"Being inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame means that my peers in the martial arts industry have formally recognised me for my ability as a martial artist, martial arts teacher and my contributions to our society over many years through my martial arts," Szalajko said.

"Being recognised and honoured by my peers was a very proud and humbling experience.

"It's the result of a lifetime of training and work.

"This is by far the highlight of my martial arts career."

Szalajko was inducted during a ceremony in Hobart in front of Australia's most senior and respected martial artists.

His latest recognition adds to a long list of accolades including the International Sport Karate Association black belt competitor of the year in 2009, 2010 and 2012. In 2009 Szalajko was inducted into the International Sport Karate Association Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

In 2010 he was rated as the International

Sport Karate Association number one competitor in continuous sparring, points sparring, sword combat, showmanship, self defence, traditional weapons and traditional forms (kata).

The former policeman has also been

awarded a National Police Medal, NSW Police Force Medal, Commissioner's Commendation (bravery medal), Commissioner's Olympic Citation and Region Commander's Commendation for Bravery.

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