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



Arakan Martial Art® seminars, self-defence classes and personal training private lessons are available in a large number of areas around Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Northern Rivers NSW and Perth


TESTIMONIALS

A very good friend of mine held a party for his 17 year old son and my wife and I offered to help out with the general party stuff. All was well up until 9:45. A group of uninvited teenagers (party crashers) approached the front gate and despite of being told several times that the party was closed and that they would not be let in, the group got louder and started to climb on neighbouring fences. 
 
I started to get surrounded by 5 or 6 of them holding open cans and bottles yelling abuse, my adrenalin started rising and I started to pick out my targets (just in case). Then it happened, a push…it was immediately answered by a back fist (guy in front of me), slight turn to the left and followed by a straight palm (guy to my left), it connected quite well and caused a bit of a domino effect. The rest of the group cleared out quickly and started to throw cans and bottles at us; luckily no one was hurt. Eventually the police arrived and scanned the area for those who started this mess.  

Oliver Ihle





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