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By Arakan Martial Art on March 11, 2020 in Self Defence | comments

There is an old saying, ‘necessity is the mother of all inventions’ and Arakan is no different. Arakan is perfectly adaptable for all shapes, sizes, ages, physicality and any health or other perceived limitations.

No two bodies are the same. Everyone has something they are managing, working on or towards.

We appreciate these differences and always ensure we structure your journey from where you are at. Our students have been in wheelchairs, had missing or prosthetic limbs, broken bones, terminal illnesses…. the list goes on; all perfectly capable of training Arakan. It is even more important to be able to protect yourself with these perceived limitations. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe and our mission is to impart skill sets and techniques to ensure the safety and wellbeing of you and your loved ones.

There is no age barrier to training Arakan Martial Art®. We have students as young as 3 years of age learning Arakan. Students at this age learn to connect with their own bodies. They become great students when they are ready to go to school, understanding the learning process and when it’s time to play. They also learn discipline and focus, and this then translates into all areas of their life. Students learn respect for their elders and peers. They begin to encourage other students in their development and learning and receive the same encouragement from peers and teachers.

Pre-teen, teenagers and young adults also benefit enormously from learning Arakan Martial Art®. Practicality wise, once they are ready to go out, they will be more responsible and are able to look after themselves, friends and loved ones in any situation. Their self-esteem and self-confidence develop, they have improved attendance at school, reduce drop-out rates and higher school aspirations.

Junior students also benefit in their extra-curricular sporting activities. Arakan teaches you to move dynamically, enhances coordination and uses both left and right sides of your body. This translates into other sporting activities requiring speed, coordination, agility, flexibility such as Rugby, Tennis, Football, Basketball etc to name a few.

Mature students also reap enormous benefits from training Arakan Martial Art®. Cognitive function improves as right and left-brain hemispheres are used. Coordination increases and health and fitness improve. Strength training has been proven to increase bone density, a concern as we begin to age. Strength, flexibility and fitness components are incorporated into Arakan training, to ensure you are performing in peak condition whilst learning to defend yourself in any situation. We train this way to enhance our ability to develop our Arakan skills and this transforms into functional movements performed in everyday tasks, safely and efficiently. It strengthens muscles, increases balance and agility, therefore reducing the risk of an injury and enhances your quality of life.

The more you train, the more you learn. When you enter each lesson, imagine you are seeing it with fresh eyes and you will learn something new. The more adept you are at training, the harder and faster you will become. Consistency and repetition are the key to all success.

We are constantly inspired by our amazing students and enjoy watching your self-confidence grow. Looking forward to seeing you at training soon!






I’m in Barcelona in Spain at the moment, and was walking back to my hotel at 2am about half an hour ago. It’s known as a city of pickpockets and thieves, but the area where I was seemed ok. As I turned a corner, quite a large guy (well bigger than me) in a hoody came up of out the subway and stood in front of me motioning at my leather jacket. I couldn’t understand what he was saying, but I got the general idea. He tried to grab at me a couple of times, then swung a punch. I bridged his punch with my left hand and stepped straight in and backfisted him directly to his jaw. Josh would have been proud! I know he didn’t understand a word but I actually said the completely badass words “I trained ten years to meet you, is that all you’ve got!” 
 
He stumbled back and took off running back into the subway. I was not even worried at the time, it was just like all the training but easier. I had no idea how automatic everything would be! My heart wasn’t even beating fast after, I was just annoyed. It wasn’t until I got back to the hotel just now that I realised what actually happened! 
 
Thank you. I got to keep my leather jacket and out of hospital. 
 

Steve Gregory





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