Instructor Profile - Nathan Hinga

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I have had the privilege of being Nathan’s Instructor for over a decade now (please check). Over this time Nathan has become one of the highest exponents of the art and one of the most senior Instructors of our club. Nathan is a machine, his training ethics and the level of effort he puts into training is always of an elite level. Thanks Nath, for being always open to growing and learning, you are a true Arakan Warrior...

STUDENT SINCE: 2003

HOW YOU FOUND ARAKAN: Through my friend Andy Wilson he's started then he introduced me to it, best thing ever

WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING: I really enjoy the personal exchange of energy and sharing an amazing Martial Art that I love.

MOST MEMORABLE ARAKAN MOMENT: I couldn't narrow it down to a particular moment so I would say when I chose to do Spend a Month with the master it changed my life forever. We learnt some crazy stuff in those 4 weeks and I was so inspired and still continue to be every day

ARAKAN GOALS FOR 2016: Turn up

SUNDAY ACTIVITY: Seafood Sunday, bbq, beach and playing with my little man

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING/READING: Anything Marvel on Netflix. It's an addiction

FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT OUT AT: anything Asian is always great. Not that fussy

MOST PLAYED SONG ON YOUR ITUNES: Pitbull and Chris Brown-Fun

 

 

 






I have been doing Arakan regularly since 2006, and I originally joined out of a starry-eyed idea of martial arts after viewing far too many movies. 

The interesting thing is that while the fighting system is absolutely amazing, the gains I have made in other areas of my life have actually overshadowed the technical skills I have been taught. I've now been committed to Arakan longer than anything I've done in my life, (other than my marriage!), and it's certainly not because I have aspirations to become a professional cage fighter or something.

I cannot emphasise enough what it is like to regularly be around positive, motivated, and success orientated people. This extends from the instructors all the way down to the students.

These are people who live highly disciplined lives day in and day out and have strong character and convictions. Over a period of time I've noticed that my language, my outlook on life, and the way that I interact with others has changed. Problems now become challenges to be overcome, and I now have a very large network of friends that I was certainly missing before. 

People ask my what Arakan is like, and why they should do it. It's extremely difficult to summarise, and I just tell them that it's the best thing I've ever done. Our whole family trains, and my children have been learning since they were 3 years old. 
Becoming fighting fit is great, but becoming a better human being is awesome. 

 

Steve Gregory





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