Arakan Martial Art

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Chris Walsh


Born: 1986
Student Since: Jan 2013
Instructor Since: April 2020
Biggest Arakan Achievement: Achieving Yellow Belt.
Interests outside of Arakan: Travel, Photography, Movies, EPL
Comments from Instructor: Moving from the UK alone I needed something of my own to get stuck into. Arakan is so rich, diverse and effective you can be really challenged. It appealed to me on multiple levels physically, mentally, creatively and in the way we train. It’s a privilege to now share this Art with others.

Student Testimonials

I was very much new to martial arts and thanks to Chris I felt my understanding of Arakan and self confidence grow in such a short period of time. Chris’ ability to explain movements and shape that I could relate to and process was fantastic. Chris was punctual, driven, passionate and related and had these characteristics were contagious as a student trying to learn. Chris has been extremely supportive of me and I would have no hesitation recommending Chris as a trainer for anyone and any age.
- Ben Galbraith

Myself and my daughter Connor were given the privilege and opportunity to train with Chris. He had it pretty tough as It was a duel lesson with the two of us who are very different when it comes to training. Connor is left handed, 24 and is more focused on technique. Whereas I am right handed, almost 60 and more focused on power! I have to commend Chris on his ability to adapt his teaching style. He was able to take our individual strengths and use them to help each other. I always look forward to training with him when I get the chance.
- Shelley Holmes

I was fortunate enough to have some time training with Chris. In that time he really helped me focus on the basics, concentrated on areas that were my weakness and I really benefited from this. I found Chris to be very approachable, his ability to teach me and get his point across was very good. I highly recommend Chris to anyone of any age.
- Lee Raisbeck

My primary reason for learning self defence was of course to learn how to protect myself. However, once I started I realised it was about so much more than that. Not only do I have the skills to protect myself physically, it has also changed my mindset helping me to become more confident, aware and alert which has enabled me to grow as a person.

Ally Serediuk

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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.