Having trained other martial arts throughout his life, Dan began his Arakan journey in 2014 when he was looking for a change and something new to sink his teeth into.
Dan feel in love with Arakan at his first lesson and could immediately feel the difference in this street effective style, versus the other martial arts he trained. He loved the adaptability, street self defence style that Arakan delivered, as well as being steeped with deep traditional martial art roots. Dan loves the deep journey one undergoes throughout their training, bringing bringing greater awareness back to one's body, mind, heart and spirit. He loves sharing these aspects with his students and watching them transform through their own journey.
Dan has a huge smile and a heart to match and loves sharing Arakan with everyone he meets. He always has a positive word and vibe to share with others and brings this energy into his lessons. Dan's energy and nature enables him to be able to communicate and teach anyone and everyone. He is a very uplifting, caring and creative Instructor and he brings a lot of versatility into his lessons. His students love training with him as he quickly adapts the lesson to their unique needs, with great care and ease.
Dan loves empowering his students, not just physically, also emotionally and mentally. He brings a balance of fitness, strength and conditioning to his lessons, as well as teaching practical, fast and effective self defence techniques. Dan wants to ensure his students feel safe, mentally, emotionally and physically, helping his students to become more empowered and confident to live a fulfil ed and happy life. Dan really does thrive watching his students grow.
Dan believes his greatest Arakan achievement to date is achieving his Yellow Belt and having the privilege to teaching and sharing Arakan with the world. When Dan is not training or teaching, his interests include art, fashion, architecture, sports, food, music and personal development.
I have been training 3.5 years and it's changed my life. It doesn't just teach self defence but also confidence, awareness and courage. You really have to try it to understand how much it gives. Aside from the art itself, the instructors are such inspiring people who dedicate so much time and energy to every single student. It's a real privilege to learn from so many wonderful people. My fellow students are open and accepting and just generally a great bunch of people. Arakan friends are reliable friends. Honestly haven't stopped raving about Arakan since the day I started to anyone who will listen. Highly recommend.
Dan is a humble and down-to-earth Arakan instructor. He always trains with a huge smile on his face and emitting positive vibe to his students. Training with him is an extremely pleasant experience, as he adjusts the training and accommodates his students according to their physique with a caring attitude. He is a phenomenal mentor but more importantly, a great guy overall.
COVID-19 has created an extraordinary times, where racism and bigotry had found its way to discriminate against minorities in Australia. By training with Dan for just a couple of lessons, he has taught me how to be mindful and be aware of risky situations. Moreover, it enables one to be more confident to confront racists or bullies.
I would highly recommend training with Dan.
Zong Lin Brian He
I turned 50 last year and as much as I hate to admit it the adage ‘use it or lose it’ was hitting home. I didn’t want to be one of those blokes who just accepted that I’m 50 and can’t do what I used to and time to slow down. I was looking for an activity that pushed me - worked my fitness, strength and my mind – that gave me an outlet for my physical and mental health.
I saw a car drive by with Arakan Martial Arts logo and I looked it up when I go home. I was instantly impressed with the respectful tone and philosophy of Rob as the Chief Instructor of Arakan, and the devastating practical nature of the art in real-life demonstrated in the videos. I took up the offer of a complimentary lesson and had my 1st lesson w Daniel Octoriver and haven’t looked back!
I love the 1:1 lesson format – I get so much out of my 1-hour lesson with Daniel – it’s like a personal training session but so much more – not only do you work on your fitness, strength and conditioning but you also are learning a very effective self-defence and practical martial art that works all muscle groups and the mind. In that 1 hour I don’t think of anything else – just put myself into the hands of Daniel who tailors each lesson to build on my capabilities and confidence, encouraging and pushing me in equal measure. It sets me up for the day and week – mentally and physically. I feel stronger in my core – feel like I am 5 years younger (and my tennis and golf game has also benefited : )
I have been a student of a traditional martial art previously but Arakan is so much more practical and realistic in what it teaches. Daniel has such a good energy and is so good at explaining the art and it’s application, a really skilled instructor! Recently I’ve started attending Group classes with other Arakan students, putting into practice what I learn in my lessons in real-life scenarios with other students. And what a respectful and supportive community……no macho hot heads/cowboys.
If you want an activity that works on your fitness and conditioning, gives you confidence to deal with real-life scenarios, gets you in tune with your body and mind and what it is capable of – and is highly ethical, supportive and respectful in its’ philosophy – I can’t recommend Arakan highly enough! My only regret is I didn’t discover or start Arakan sooner. (I’m looking forward to introducing Arakan to my 15 year-old son & 13 year old daughter soon).
In the words of Molly Meldrum (showing my age here : ), do yourself a favour and give Arakan a go!
I initially took a complimentary Arakan class for practical self-defence skills in case I ever had the need for it. Almost one year later, I have learnt so much more. It has taught me a lot of street awareness, raised my confidence and the friendly support of the community and trainers is always really uplifting. Learning about body mechanics and using it to my advantage rather than just brute strength is particularly useful in my case due to my short stature! It’s quite nice to be able to leave a work day or start the day by going to Arakan lessons where we focus on our bodies and mind rather than the busy hustle culture we live in. Arakan has really helped me with my fitness as well as self-defence skills through a unique, practical form of martial arts that caters to all bodies and strengths.
Ever since taking up Arakan my confidence has grown and I feel like I’ve learned so much about my body and how to gain a better sense of control physically and mentally. I feel like I have learned so much about applying self-defence different kinds of real world situations and scenarios. It’s also super fun and has been a great way to improve my fitness!
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