Life after domestic violence - a members story


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7 years ago I found the courage to leave my 10 year mental, physical and emotional abusive relationship. So at almost 28 I found myself no longer a teenager but a woman, back at my mothers house beaten down with a broken soul and no idea of how to function as an adult.

6 years ago I moved to the Gold Coast for a fresh start.

5 years ago still traumatized from my past Arakan found me.
From my very first lesson I was hooked, it was exactly what I'd been searching for to rebuild myself mentally, spiritually and physically.

Little did I know at the time what it would actually do for my life. The amazing instructors pushed me to places sometimes (ok most of the time lol) I really didnt want to go or ever thought I could. Through much cursing, thousands of tears, sooo many frustrating moments and pushing myself to physical places my brain couldn't comprehend I could go.

The unexpected journey that Arakan has taken me on is beyond anything I ever imagined when I started, from the awesome seminars held through out the club which are absolutely amazing, to my own personal journey.

On the 29th of March I faced my hardest challenge, my first grading, my yellow belt grading.

In the months leading in I went through every emotion, pushed through barriers at the time didn't think I could get through and even visited some dark places I thought were gone.

On the day I was in the zone ready for the toughest fight of my life, after a physically and mentally exhausting hour being pushed harder than ever before and having to rely solely on myself I passed I stood on the other side with a sense of accomplishment I'd not really felt and a little disbelief that I had actually just done it.

What I've achieved and how far I've come in 5 years I'm super excited to see where the Arakan road takes me and where I'll be standing 5 years from now.

I'm being quite honest about my journey cause domestic violence isn't talked about enough and to show others that you can heal and rebuild a better life. Its a real privilege to be apart of such a positive culture and Arakan has changed my life beyond words.

My amazing instructor Pat has been there from the beginning and believed in me even at the times I didn't believe in myself for which I'll be forever grateful. So thank you to all involved in this amazing club :)

Ali Jones


About 10 weeks ago my daugter (23) and I (57) were introduced to Arakan Martial Art. In this short space of time it has had a magical impact on our world. I never thought I’d be a ‘martial art’ person, but so glad that we are now in this powerful positive community.

There has only been a couple of times in my life where I’ve interacted with men and women who are completely focused on honouring and empowering each other. Fitness, empowerment, and self-defence all rolled into one! The benefits roll out into your entire life. I am already using the sense of inner strength and focus in my business. And, I'm sharing with my clients the positive ripples that occur when groups of people come together to bring out the best in each other. This group of people (students and instructors alike) have confirmed to me that leaders come in all shapes and sizes and they aren't born they are made.

I have a diminished lung capacity due to a long-term illiness and am coming off a very low fitness capability, and yet everyone at Arakan - students and instructors alike - make me feel like I’m a superstar.

If you want to step in to your personal power - physically, mentally and emotionally - try one of the complimentary lessons, you'll be glad you did.

My instructor is Aida and she is a great role model for how Arakan can turn your life into something more than you anticipated.

Shelly Holmes



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