Anthony Forrester - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Anthony Forrester

2nd Degree Senior Instructor

Anthony was working as a bouncer for 10 years before he began training in 2001 and was looking for a self defence style that would be fast and effective in a real-life street and work situations.

Anthony is here for the long journey. He loves the personal development that comes with showing up each and every week, the discipline and focus one gets during training and how it transfers into other areas of your life. Arakan is a large part of Anthony's life and he believes it gets better each and every year he continues to train.

Anthony easily demonstrates how adaptable Arakan is and the ability to flow, moving your body in dynamics ways, with speed and precision. He trains hard and loves pushing himself each lesson. Anthony is a technical instructor and loves sharing his depth of knowledge with his students. With over 2 decades of training under his belt Anthony's students benefit greatly from his knowledge and his caring and upfront energy. He loves watching his students grow, mentally and physically through training and how Arakan transforms their lives.

After more than two decades of training and over 12 years of teaching Arakan, Anthony attributes his greatest Arakan achievement to becoming an Arakan Instructor and grading his Orange Belt. He loves watching his students develop and grow, physically, mentally and emotionally and how Arakan positively positively transforms people lives.

When Anthony is not training, he enjoys spending time with his wife, going to the beach, exploring new hikes and trails and spending time with his family.

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 have been a student of Anthony’s for almost 8 years. It is a huge part of my life and I owe part of who I am to Anthony and Arakan. I wake up every day grateful for having the art in my life, I have never been fitter or more confident. The art itself is so effective and it is an honour to be taught by somebody as skilled and passionate as Anthony.  
Training is something I look forward to every week. The culture of the club is incredible, the instructors are exceptional at their jobs, and I just can’t imagine my life without Arakan.  
I cannot thank or recommend Anthony enough, he is more than a remarkable instructor, he is a kind yet compassionate weapon with more knowledge about the art than I can put into words. I guarantee that if you are willing to invest in yourself, Anthony will help you achieve your goals. The best thing you will ever do is start, just don’t stop, you’ll always see improvements and be supported on your journey.

Laura Jones


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started training, but from my very first introduction lesson with Anthony I have been absolutely hooked on Arakan Martial Art. As my instructor, Anthony has guided me to be a stronger, fitter and more confident version of myself. Anthony is a fantastic instructor with an ability to keep you pushing yourself further than you ever thought possible. Recently I graded my yellow belt, an achievement I would never have reached without Anthony’s encouragement and guidance. It is a privilege to be taught by someone with Anthony’s level of experience, skill, commitment and passion for the art he teaches. He is able to tailor your lessons to help you to reach your goals, whatever they may be and he will be there to support you the whole way. The decision to start training Arakan was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. 

Emma Slater


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I have been training with Corey now for over 4 years and initially i started training with him to get some basic fitness. I had my first complimentary lesson with Corey and was show the backfist and how to generate more power to that blow with some "technique". It was amazing to realise the difference in the power of the blow. Corey has since trained me every week since that time and (has patiently) explained everything concisely (many times) to assist my growth with Arakan Martial Art. It was apparent from the outset that Corey was passionate and considerate but his understanding of Arakan enabled him to teach the art at a very understandable level right through to being enabled to grade my first belt.
I now train with Corey to gain greater understanding of the next belt requirements but due to the exposure to Coreys passion and understanding of Arakan, is now not just about grading but more about a journey of learning that is continuous. The health benefits have been great for me personally and I cannot thank Corey enough for what he has helped me to achieve. I highly recommend him as an Arakan Instructor and have entrusted him to start training with my 14 year old son. Again, I see Corey gently working away with him and encouraging him. The benefits of having some knowledge, of what he is being Instructed, only brings us closer and gives us a better bond. Exponentially, my eldest son trains and my youngest daughter has trained for 4 years (this month, Jan 2020) as well, so it really has become a family affair.

Mark Barlow and family


Watch how Arakan has changed the lives of our students

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...