MEMBER STORY – LADIES SEMINAR 2017

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MEMBER STORY - LADIES SEMINAR 2017

By Samantha Arceo on June 12, 2017 in Member Stories | comments

This is my second year attending the ladies seminar. In the 10 weeks, Rob teaches us techniques and about body mechanics to help us push through the initial reaction of panic and fight through the exhaustion and discomfort so you can find a way to get home safely. When I started two years ago, I wouldn't have guessed that I would be most grateful for the exposure to stimulus like grabs, hair pulling or being pinned to the ground so that if it ever were to happen outside of training, it is not the first time I've felt it. The instructors do such an amazing job putting the pressure on to simulate these situations for us and put their bodies on the line week after week to allow us to learn in an environment that is safe, yet challenging.

Looking back and comparing my experience this year with last, I was surprised in how much training has changed the way I feel and react to being in some very uncomfortable situations. I've noticed a change in the threshold of what triggers panic, fear or anxiety in me and I've found I'm quicker to push past this and find a solution. It has proved to me that through repetition and time, you can train your body and mind to react differently.

Every week I am inspired by all the amazing ladies in Arakan Martial Art and I can't wait for next year!







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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