Arakan Martial Art

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Advanced Weapons Seminars

These comprehensive seminars are as real as it gets, and allow Arakan members the opportunity to train against real weapons. This is how one Arakan instructor describes the Advanced Weapons Seminars.

I always look forward to the weapon seminars throughout the year especially the swords, daggers and walking sticks. It never ceases to amaze me how deep this art is. These seminars really give just a snapshot of the scope of Arakan - it's insanely technical without a weapon in hand let alone trying to use one! It was always a long term goal of mine to get to witness some of these techniques, but now it's about the experience. The whole room has an entirely different energy to any other class when Rob is demonstrating with a really sharp dagger, using the utmost mastery and precision as he stops the blade literally millimetres from main arteries with so much speed and confidence. You can feel everyone’s heart in the room skip a beat.

It doesn't matter what weapon is in hand, the level of focus and concentration needed to wield the weapon without injuring your training partner brings a whole other level of discipline and control. This is why it's still such a privilege to get invited to this seminar - everyone has to be graded and most people in the room have been training well over 5 years. Anyone lucky enough to attend would agree how fortunate we are to get a glimpse of such high level Arakan techniques, which we might never get to be truly taught in our private lessons. This is definitely an experience I hope everyone who trains can have. For me these seminars fill my childhood dream of wielding a sword and leave me with the most amazing memories.

Tom Wilson

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I originally started training in Arakan Martial Art as a form of self defence when there was a rise in attacks on women on the Gold Coast. 
Being a small lady (all of 45kg), I knew that I would be an easy target for uncomfortable or life threatening attacks so I decided to take action and learn a form of martial art / self defence.
It has not been a year yet in my Arakan journey, but looking back I have never regretted the choice I made to learn this life changing skill. An added bonus is also becoming fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been before. I am much fitter physically and mentally than I could ever be, and this is just the start (still an Arakan baby), looking at life in a more positive way.

I highly recommend all women to learn self defence. From a woman’s point of view, it is a rewarding and empowering feeling to be able to be in control and take control of an uncomfortable or life threatening situation through the skill of martial arts / self defence

Saroeun Grantham

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Being in the Moment

Contrary to what many people think, a long term disciplined practice in martial arts can help you become more tolerant, calm and peaceful, rather than aggressive. 
Many people avoid training in a martial art because they’re “not a violent person”,  in fact, it’s a misconception that martial arts equates to violence.  This misconception actually robs people of a martial arts journey as well as the massive array of benefits that form part of that journey.

Time - the key to success

In todays’ society we expect so much so quickly. There is always so much pressure on ourselves and people around us to gain immediate results, no matter what the venture maybe. 

Our concept of time has changed dramatically; I often hear comments such as, “I have been training for so long now, it’s been almost three years,” and “I have given myself three months to see if my new business can make big profits,” and “it’s time to find a new job, I have been in this same job for two years, it’s been too long.”

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers states that it takes 10,000 hours for someone to master a topic...