Student of the Month – Renee Cresswick

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Student of the Month - Renee Cresswick

By Arakan Martial Art on October 7, 2016 in Member Stories | comments

Renee has been training for over 6 years. She has been training hard for her Yellow Belt Grading, which she passed in earlier this year in July. Renee is a committed and dedicated student who is such a pleasure to teach. Renee’s courageous approach is an inspiration to us all.
Robert Kyaw

In the story of our life it is said that everyone will have a chapter that they do not read aloud. In my experience is it this chapter that changes us without even realizing that it's happening. However, as with everything that happens in our lives, we can decide what type of change this unspoken chapter has on us. We can choose to let it bring us down and negatively affect the way we live or we can do the opposite, learn from it and allow this chapter to help us evolve into a stronger and better version of ourselves.

Four years ago I reached this very chapter. I was unsafe in my own home and the threats of violence being made towards me had started to be followed through with. After months of trying different methods to get help and support for this particular family member I was faced with a choice, continue down this path and be seriously injured or try something different. This is when Arakan Martial Art came into my life and changed it forever.

When I began training with Arakan Martial Art going through a grading process never even crossed my mind. However my instructors had other plans and two years into training I was given the opportunity to attend the Yellow Belt seminar with Chief Instructor Rob Kyaw. I remember being a nervous wreck, worried that I wouldn't know what I was doing or I'd get the drills wrong and petrified that I would end up embarrassing my instructors. What I wish I had of known at the time is how incredible the journey I was about to go on was going to be.

The seminar was amazing and I learnt so much, but it was the months after that taught me the most about myself and have changed me for the better. Preparing for my grading was one of the toughest things I have ever done both physically and emotionally. The lead up to grading forced me to deal with unresolved issues and emotions from my past and I have to say a huge thank you to my instructors Jonathan Hampson, Mark Boulton and Andrew Serpell who were so supportive and encouraging in every lesson. Even on the days were I was emotionally not with it and an absolute mess they pushed me to keep going, in the way only an Arakan Martial Arts instructor can.

The final two months leading up to my grading were the toughest and most rewarding weeks I have ever lived. My training intensified immensely and while I was still dealing with some of those trigger moments I was on an exciting path. By the time Monday 4th July came around I knew I had done absolutely everything in my power to prepare myself for this moment and I couldn't wait to get in there and train.

The grading itself was just … Wow! How does one even begin to describe the journey you go on in that hour and a half? It was tough, but it was worth it! My grading was one of the best things I have ever done for myself, and that moment of shock, relief and pure joy when I heard those words ‘that’s it you’ve passed’ are the best I’ve ever heard and felt. Thank you Rob for giving me such a wonderful experience and pushing me further than I ever thought I could go with my training.

Arakan is everything I didn't know I was looking for and continues to teach me not only lifesaving skills but life changing lessons. In the last four years I have become a happier, calmer and more grateful person. I have a lot more confidence and don’t doubt myself as much as I once did. For something that was only supposed to last 6 weeks I am so grateful that it has become a part of my daily lifestyle and I am so excited to see where the next part of my Arakan Martial Art journey takes me and the impact I know it will have on my life.

Renee Creswick






I originally started training Arakan Martial Art out of curiosity back in June 2010. I was new to the Gold Coast, had always wanted to try a martial art and saw the sign for the office just around the corner from where I was living. 
Previously I had spent years at various gyms and had sought costly personal trainers which kept me reasonably fit but i decided I may be better spending the money to learn how to defend myself should the situation ever arise.
What I discovered from Arakan Martial Art was so much more. Of course it provides all the fitness and conditioning one would expect from a martial art however it is the "fight logic" that really differentiates the art. You are taught to assess your environment and use it to your advantage. This includes not only aspects such as where to position yourself in a certain situation but also how to deal with obstacles a situation may possess. There are a multitude of different locations where the art is trained that cater for everybody e.g.. nightclubs, home invasion, In your car, dark alleys, wide open areas, parks, beach etc.
Another important aspect to the art is the culture within the club. Ego is left at the gate. All of the instructors are very humble which stems from the top and is evident throughout the club. As everyone's journey is their own, you are only asked to do what you are capable of and you are only challenging yourself.
On a personal note I have found Arakan Martial Art gives me a release from the day to day pressures of work, which in turn has allowed me to become a calmer person and think more rationally. 
It never matters how bad my day has been walking into a lesson, I always walk out exhausted, full of knowledge, relaxed and with a smile on my face. 
 

Robert Mackay





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