Daniel Salmon - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Daniel Salmon


Dan began his journey in 2017 when he was looking for an activity that would incorporate more fitness and conditioning, that could fit around his busy schedule. Arakan’s private lessons gave him the flexibility he needed as he could incorporate his training around work.

Dan has grown exponentially as a person since beginning his Arakan journey and discovered the more time he spent around the Club, the quality of his life improved. Dan wanted to share this experience with others and help transform their lives.

Having worked in hospitality prior to becoming an Instructor, Dan is very serviced orientated and believes this transition to becoming an Instructor is a dream come true. Dan loves helping his students become more confident and empowered and seeing the positive impact that Arakan has in their own lives.

Dan enjoys training hard and attributes his greatest Arakan achievement to teaching and grading his Yellow Belt. Outside of Arakan, he enjoys cooking, listening to music, playing sport and hiking.


I have been taking lessons with Daniel Salmon and would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Arakan for matching me with Daniel, I have found him to be a very thorough and professional in all aspects of my training, being an elderly person, he has pushed me through my expectations and I have a feeling of excitement after every session, I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from him, he treats me as a eager student not an older student and I really appreciate it, I’m kinda old school in my thinking, go hard or go home, and he helps me maintain an eagerness to push myself and learn, I would have no recommending Daniel to anyone, in my opinion he excels himself far beyond my expectations, I absolutely love the way I feel after every session.

Ricky O'Regan

I started training Arakan with Dan in 2020 looking to improve my fitness and get out of my comfort zone. Little did I know that nearly a year on it would be one of the highlights of my week. Dan always brings great energy to our training sessions and teaches in a way that is fun and easy to understand. No matter what sort of week I have had I always come away from our lessons feeling focused and confident. If you are thinking about giving Arakan a go, I highly recommend you choose Dan as your instructor. 

Brad Salmon

Our son, Benny, was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD at the age of seven and we have struggled to find a sport or physical activity to both engage him and that would assist in building his gross motor skills and confidence.
We’d heard about Arakan and Benny has now been taking 1:1 lessons for the past six months. From the moment Benny met Dan, their connection was instantaneous. Dan’s energy, patience and understanding alleviated any anxiety Benny had in trying something new. His Arakan training is now one of the highlights of his week.
Over the past six months, Benny’s confidence has grown exponentially. He not only enjoys the hour he spends training, his physical strength has noticeably increased, as has his ability to concentrate on and follow through with instructions. Dan ensures he engages Benny in a way that motivates and encourages him, but he also makes it fun.
We such a difference in Benny and his social and physical health, and we know that Dan is a great contributor to that. If you’re looking for an instructor who is motivating, engaging and can tailor a session to your individual needs, we would highly recommend Dan. 

Hailey Bond

I started training with Dan in August 2020 and couldn’t be happier with my decision. Dans lessons are practical and effective, and push me mentally and physically. Our discussions on the real life application of the techniques we’ve covered in lessons have given me the confidence that I can handle myself should a dangerous situation arise. 

Braiden Enders


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Since I started Arakan Martial Art in 2010 it has helped me to feel safer and not to panic as much as I did in the past. In this time I have gained confidence in myself knowing that I am able to protect myself when I go jogging in the evenings, early mornings and in situations that may occur in the future. It has raised my awareness of when another person is showing aggressive tendencies. I have also learnt to read situations better and hold my ground.

Sharnee Burraston


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...