Arakan Martial Art

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Benett Stone

Instructor

Born: 1996
Student Since: June 2015
Instructor Since: August 2019
Biggest Arakan Achievement: Achieving my Yellow Belt.
Interests outside of Arakan: Cars, I love all sports, motorbikes, music and self development.
Comments from Instructor: I always thank Arakan Martial Art for allowing me to see better values in life and giving me definite purpose behind my life and everything that I do. It adds so much value to everything I do now and I am forever grateful. Having the opportunity to share the amazing gifts that Arakan brings people is and always will be an absolute pleasure.

Student Testimonials

When I first started Arakan I was still suffering from a serious illness, but Benett worked with that. Always pushing me beyond where I felt comfortable, Benett has helped me gain strength again in so many ways. His care and passion for his students and our Arakan journey is present in every lesson. Benett is an inspiring Instructor and I look forward to our lessons every week. – Zoe Cullen 

 

My name is Kyle and I love training in Arakan because it has many benefits for my mental and physical health. I have a condition called ASD which is Autism Spectrum Disorder /Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and Anxiety. I am on a couple of different medications and I have been through hardships with my mental health, plenty of meltdowns and I had a physical accident coming off my mountain bike and fracturing my jaw each side. 
The reason why I started Martial Arts is because I got bored of just going to the gym and just lifting weights. I also needed something that I can learn to protect myself, boost my confidence, and have a higher purpose. 
What Arakan does is make me less socially awkward, more flexible, more fit, athletic, present in the moment and also how to defend myself. I train 3 x times a week;  two private lessons and one group lesson.
I have also attended seminars with Master Robert Kyaw which has been amazing. I get to meet a lot of people from the Arakan Team and they are all amazing. My instructors are Bennett Stone and Jamie Thorne. 
I would like to thank the whole Arakan team for all your support, motivation and good energy. – Kyle Wagner

 


My son Deklan is a naturally kind and gentle boy, who as an only child has never had to endure the competition and ruff and tumble of other siblings. Reading how daunting and challenging schools can be these days I was very keen to get him involved in self defense but wasn’t sure what was going to be the best fit for him.

In a chance encounter at a community fate we saw the Arakan stand and after talking to the guys I was really impressed with how friendly the team was and how passionate they were to get Deklan into his first lesson. And here is the part that grabbed me the most, the training is done outdoors in parks and school grounds while wearing shirts and shorts and everyday shoes, now that’s real life training. We booked in straight away for our complimentary lesson and Deklan couldn’t wait to get started.

On the day of his first lesson Deklan was quite nervous but Ryan his instructor made him feel completely relaxed and the lesson was a great mix of training and learning through fun games. At the end of the lesson Deklan ran straight up to me and asked if he could do more training tomorrow and the next day, which was a sure sign he loved it. He has now been training for over 3 years and as much as Arakan is about learning self defense and getting fit I have seen Deklan grow in confidence, co-ordination, self respect and self belief. 

Deklan now jumps at every opportunity to do extra lessons and group training and he totally loves going to school holiday training days and he wears his Arakan uniform with absolute pride.

I can honestly say I have been totally impressed with how Arakan has taught him practical, useable skills in real life environments and we look forward to many more years involvement with the Arakan family.

 

Mark Sculley





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