Chris Kangalis - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Chris Kangalis


Chris began training in 2015 when his friend convinced him to attend a group class. Immediately, he fell in love with Arakan and continued to training private lessons and group classes consistently and regularly. Chris valued the journey of training Arakan above all, the discipline of turning up each and every week, regardless of how he was feeling or what was going on in his life. He also thoroughly enjoys the martial art aspect to Arakan as well as the street adaptive style.

Four years into his journey, due to his consistency, hard training ethic, pride in his training and going through the Instructor Development program, Chris received the honour of being able to teach Arakan to others in 2019.

Chris believes it is a privilege to teach others and enjoys the many aspects of teaching, primarily that he gets to train amazing students of all ages and experience and watching them grow in their own journey through training and life.

His interests outside of Arakan include going to the gym, exploring new places, watching sport, along with personal development.

Student Testimonials

Arakan martial arts has had a big impact on my life. Since I started in November to now Arakan has boosted my self confidence, taught me perceptible awareness and to be respectful of others. My instructor Chris is a fantastic mentor. He is easy to understand, very friendly and he has taught me so much in the arts. I couldn't ask for a better instructor

Matt Steel

Absolutely love going to my sessions with Chris his so nice and easy going and caring and is teaching me so much already only after 5 sessions and I’m glad I chose these guys cos I’m feeling so much better within myself and more stronger in protecting myself! Thanks so much guys.


l am an Arakan student of Chris Kangalis. I find him to be a very mature and capable young man and I'm very happy with my training. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn the art of Arakan.

Santo Condello

Arakan Martial Art is highly recommended to all ages. I have been training with Chris from Arakan for almost 2 years now and i have learnt soo much during our training and group lessons. Chris is a very cunning trainer towards his students and always there to help them out with any questions they have with such enthusiasm which is a great feeling.

Shubh Gill

Hi my name is Jared. I have been practising Arakan martial arts for just over a year now.
I initially found Arakan for my son. I was really looking for something practical that didn't handout participation awards. I came along to watch, and thought to myself maybe I should have a go. I've since then refound my love for martial arts, not only has it become a bonding experience for my son and I, now my daughter has also joined in on the journey. Arakan, my very dedicated coaches and the culture that they have built, is giving us all greater focus, discipline, confidence and all while learning a very street effective martial art. It's all win win.

Jared Stone


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I was at the bus stop down from my house waiting to go to the gym, when a car pulled up. A guy jumped out of the car and told me to leave my ex girlfriend alone (I had been asking her to see my son). I told him to go away and stop bothering me but I knew that when he mentioned my ex there was going to be trouble so at that stage I got myself ready for anything. He then threw a right hook punch which I saw coming so I bridged it, stepping in at the same time with the right elbow then stepping back with the hammer. I tried to link it with a palm strike but I missed because I had already knocked him out with the hammer. I then got ready because there were more people in the car. They jumped out and began apologising to me saying not to hit them, and that they just wanted to get their friend so they grabbed him and drove off. After that I was excited about what I had done and how easy it was considering he was much bigger than me.

Paul Mills


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.”

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