Arakan Martial Art Juniors

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Dear Parents

It really warms my heart to see so many beautiful, smiling faces of the Arakan junior students. Speaking on behalf of all of the Arakan Instructors, it is indeed a pleasure to be given the privilege of teaching your kids. Thanks for your trust, support, and patience with us. One of my greatest joys in life is to be part of a child’s growth towards greater levels of empowerment, so thank you again for the opportunity.

For a child, each stage of life is a fast transitional period. It’s great to see that Arakan plays such a big part in the lives of our youngest students from the age of three to our young adult students, up to nineteen years old.

One of the aspects of coaching that is most amazing to me is that when a child learns to become a good student of life, I.e. he/she learns how to watch and listen attentively, he/she learns how to focus intently and learns to increase his/her situational awareness, everything in this student’s life improves dramatically, including academically, socially and in other sporting areas.

As parents, you are giving your children one of the greatest gifts you can in life by bringing them to Arakan, as a parent I understand the time and effort it takes to make this happen for your kids, I am sure that they will appreciate it when they become parents themselves…one day…

Please feel free to contact Kylie Keep on admin@arakan.com.au if you would like to contribute to our monthly newsletters in anyway.

Wishing you all the very best of everything

Robert Kyaw

Chief Instructor



My son Deklan is a naturally kind and gentle boy, who as an only child has never had to endure the competition and ruff and tumble of other siblings. Reading how daunting and challenging schools can be these days I was very keen to get him involved in self defense but wasn’t sure what was going to be the best fit for him.

In a chance encounter at a community fete we saw the Arakan stand and after talking to the guys I was really impressed with how friendly the team was and how passionate they were to get Deklan into his first lesson. Here is the part that grabbed me the most, the training is done outdoors in parks and school grounds while wearing shirts and shorts and everyday shoes, now that’s real life training. We booked in straight away for our complimentary lesson and Deklan couldn’t wait to get started.

On the day of his first lesson Deklan was quite nervous but his instructor made him feel completely relaxed and the lesson was a great mix of training and learning through fun games. At the end of the lesson Deklan ran straight up to me and asked if he could do more training tomorrow and the next day, which was a sure sign he loved it. He has now been training for over 3 years and as much as Arakan is about learning self defense and getting fit, I have seen Deklan grow in confidence, co-ordination, self respect and self belief.

Deklan now jumps at every opportunity to do extra lessons and group training and he totally loves going to school holiday training days and he wears his Arakan uniform with absolute pride.

I can honestly say I have been totally impressed with how Arakan has taught him practical, useable skills in real life environment,s and we look forward to many more years involvement with the Arakan family.

Mark Sculley



Arakan Martial Art Training Holiday Group

Hi Parents,

Recently I had the privilege of teaching another successful Junior Training Day over the school holidays. It's so great to see the improvement of these junior students throughout each term. Through the day I really get the chance to slow things down as a teacher and work on their techniques and skill sets.

By spending the whole day with your children I can really bring out the best in them. Allowing us to have such an incredible day of fun and learning.

Thanks so much to all the parents for making this happen each term. I am really looking forward to the next Junior Training Day over the term three holidays. Please contact the office or speak to your child's instructor for more information.

Mark Boulten



Our Two boys attended the School holiday training day and had an awesome time! They learnt so many new skills to help them with their weekly training and the Instructors Mark and Jamie were excellent and taught them so much. Darcy and Connor can’t wait to go to the next one.

Nerida and Craig






I’ve been a dedicated member of the Arakan Martial Art family for years now, practising on the Gold Coast. I’m also the managing director of Palm Lake Group – my family has been developing over-50s residential resorts across the east coast of Australia for more than 40 years. We have 35 communities in 25 locations with about 11,000 people calling a Palm Lake Group address their home.

I know that people are my company’s most important asset and with such a large organisation and staff in dozens of offices in three different states, I actively encourage team-building opportunities across my workforce. When considering team-building options for our head office staff at Southport, combining my love of Arakan with my business seemed the obvious choice.

After an initial visit and demonstration from the Arakan trainers (where the staff had no idea what they were getting themselves in to, even while they were signing the waivers!), I signed up our business for 10 one-hour weekly sessions. My staff loved them – so much so that we are midway through our next 10 sessions. Each week, our Arakan training sessions are enjoyed by everyone from the CEO and other senior managers, to our accounts ladies, to the planning and development team, and all other types of admin staff.

There’s a lot of role-playing and team-building elements to the Arakan training sessions but the best part is that it brings everyone together on the same level and it’s giving them confidence, awareness and practical self-defence strategies that they can use in real-life situations. I know that they also secretly love the opportunity to give their bosses a punch each week! What I’m also seeing on the back of our Arakan training sessions is less staff sick days.

On the whole, Arakan training is bringing many positives to my company and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my personal passion for martial arts with my staff, in a mutually beneficial and fun way.

Scott Elliott, Palm Lake Group





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