Instructor Profile - Ben Ho

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I love spending time with Ben; we may be training really hard together or just having a laugh after training, Ben is always such a pleasure to spend time with. Ben has been training for over 9 years now and is a talent, successful, honest and humble person, these are qualities in a person that I value highly. Ben is always so open to learn and grow, no matter what the topic may be, which makes him a true warrior of life.

Wishing you all the very best of everything Ben!
Robert Kyaw

STUDENT SINCE: January 26th 2007

HOW YOU FOUND ARAKAN: I attended high school with Second Degree Senior Instructor Josh Grimsey who introduced me to the art and has been my primary instructor ever since.

WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING: The Art, The Master, The Culture, The Team, The Students and the endless pursuit of growth and improvement.

MOST MEMORABLE ARAKAN MOMENT: Receiving Instructor of the year 2012, Grading yellow belt and my Introductory lesson with Josh Grimsey.

ARAKAN GOALS FOR 2016: So happy and grateful to reach more and more new students and delve deeper and deeper into the Orange Belt grade.

SUNDAY ACTIVITY: Culinary adventures with my partner Aline.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING/READING: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a timeless classic and I enjoy watching sport or anything with David Attenborough.

FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT OUT AT: The freshest Seafood I can find and any authentic asian cuisine.

FUN FACT: I love comedy in any way shape or form.






I started training Arakan approximately 6 years ago, only really because my son had just started training and I thought it would be good to have something in common, as well as a fun way to keep fit.  I wasn’t particularly concerned about self-defense because I had never really felt the need for it, and in the beginning I was probably more concerned about improving my fitness-test results than learning how to protect myself.
However it wasn’t too long after this that our house was broken into one night, whilst my family and I were all asleep in our bedrooms. It wasn’t until the morning that we realized what had happened, and that all of us had slept through the whole thing.  Thankfully there was no harm done and only a bit of money stolen, but the next morning I can remember thinking how lucky I was that I slept through and didn’t wake up and have to confront the burglar - because I wouldn’t have had a clue what to do or how to handle myself, let alone protect my family…..and that’s when my attitude towards training changed.
Now, after many years of private and group lessons, some advanced weapons training, a few home invasion seminars and 3 other family members that train Arakan – look out if you ever try to break into our house!
 

Aaron McBain





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