Arakan Martial Art

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Anthony Forrester

2nd Degree Senior Instructor

Student Since: 2001
Instructor Since: 2010
Biggest Arakan Achievement:
Grading Orange Belt
Comments from Instructor:
Arakan is a massive part of my life and it gets better every year I train. Don't know where I would be without it and can't imagine a time when I would not be training.

Student Testimonials

I've been training with Anthony in Brisbane and can highly recommend it. Starting in my 40's I was very reluctant to give it a go at first …. but looking back it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The club culture and instructors here in Brisbane are excellent and they will guide you on your own Arakan Journey. Although not widely know about, Arakan is highly suited to self-defense. There is almost something magical about the power, focus and confidence that you can conjure up as you experience and learn more about it.

Nigel Adams

I still remember 7 years ago walking away inspired after our first intro lesson and asking myself how a big unit like Anthony could move and strike like that. 
Seeing is believing, and from that first day I became a believer both in Anthony and in Arakan. 
Anthony is a dedicated and talented martial artist who brings amazing skillsets, intellect, passion and positive energy to every single lesson. 
As a senior instructor, Anthony’s 15+ years of training shows in his ability to teach Arakan effectively and efficiently, which really adds value to our training.
We share a great friendship and I feel privileged learning the life changing skills of Arakan and sharing conversation every time we meet.  
If you are considering investing in yourself and joining this amazing martial arts family, I could not recommend Anthony more highly as your chosen instructor. 
Damien Digney


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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When ‘life happens’, it is an opportunity to rise up and show our strength and courage. With the recent pandemic hitting our shores, it meant some changes needed to happen with training, whilst conforming with the strict government regulations and hygiene protocols.

With our wellbeing and health being highlighted and taking precedence in most people’s lives, we felt it more important than ever before to help keep our members training. Numerous studies have shown that physical activity is linked to boosting our immune system as well as maintain physical and mental wellbeing.



Mental Wellbeing and Support During the Global Pandemic

As global citizens, we have all been adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This might just be to our day-to-day socio-occupational routines and training regimes but most likely than not, it has affected our sense of security and certainty about the future to some extent. For some, it can be hard not to worry what the Pandemic and its socio-economic impacts can mean for ourselves, our families, friends and communities.