Arakan Martial Art

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Grant Cosgrove

Senior Instructor

Born: 1974
Student Since: October 2008
Instructor Since: August 2012
Biggest Arakan Achievement: Becoming a full time Instructor.
Interests outside of Arakan: reading, movies, road trips, travelling, music, cooking.
Comments from Instructor: Arakan Martial Art totally changed my life. It gave me the focus and confidence to be the person I am today. It is incredible to be part of a community of likeminded people that want to see each other achieve their goals.

Student Testimonials

I was first introduced to Arakan and Instructor Grant Cosgrove with a complimentary training session several years ago and Grant has been my instructor since then. He has been inspiration, motivation and challenge all with sensitivity and care about my wellbeing and progress. Grant has been flexible with training sessions on many occasions to allow for healing from old injuries, illness and surgical procedures and other other hurdles called life, supporting me as he carefully pushes me beyond the edge of my comfort zone. He is always positive and calm as we work through the technicalities and practice of skills that are new or that I find complex and challenging; Grant does not let me give in. My Arakan journey so far has been an amazing adventure and I'm blessed to have had Grant consistently as my instructor. I look forward to his continued support and inspiration as the journey continues.

Sue Raison

Over the past 18 months that I have trained with Grant I have gain valuable knowledge in self defense & improved to the point where I am completing  difficult techniques far beyond what I thought I would achieve.  Grant is an exceptional instructor who is professional, patient & a wealth of knowledge who can adjust his teaching strategies to make difficult movements achievable. Grant makes every session logical, effective & very enjoyable & it is very clear that Grant puts a lot of effort, thought & expertise into every session. 

I have to finally say thank you for all your effort in teaching me Arakan.  I can see how hard you work to teach this art & I appreciate that effort every session you teach.  

Thank You Grant,

Brad Gordon

Grant has been our family's instructor for over 3 years. His teaching style and approach is suitable for a great range of ages. In addition to teaching my husband and I, Grant also teaches our two young children, my teenage sister and my mother.
He is adaptable to each person's goals and abilities and always makes the class fun. I would highly recommend Grant as an instructor to people of all ages. 



I have been looking for a top notch martial art for years Not really knowing what one to choose... or how to choose it I had a friend who got great benefit out of going to arakan And so I tried it out It has made so much sense to me Yes it's preparing me for self-defence And the techniques have been quite incredible because it gets me ready for all situations But it's also giving me great strength and speed and mental adaptability Which is what I really wanted I highly recommend the team at Arakan My instructor is Grant and he has been amazing And rob and all the other team are phenomenal

Simon Morgan


I would like to thank Grant from Arakan Gold Coast, for all he has done with helping me get back on in to shape after 30yrs+ of smoking. As well as the time he's put's in to my 5 year old boy Koby , he's a very shy boy who lacks confidence around other children, and to watch the change in the last year and a bit. Has been the greatest joy for me, to see and getting to train with Koby as well every week . Has helped him come out of his shell and be more focused. With everything he does , once again thank you not just to Grant but to the hole team/family for letting as be a part of this . Loving life again.

Adam Quinn


At the ripe age of 48 i felt i needed something else to focus on other than work. I had little spare time but knew that if i enjoyed what i did i would find the time.
After training privately with Grant Cosgrove for just over a year now, i have found the art has helped mind, body and spirit immensely. The training is practical, enjoyable and doesn't impact too heavily on the body unlike other arts or sports.
I also had the pleasure of attending various training seminars throughout the year at interesting locations led by Chief instructor Rob and his army of top instructors, which whilst tested the nerve, really reinforced the art in real life situations.
The respect that is shown towards the students by both fellow students & instructors is an absolute credit to the organisation, hence why it continues to grow in popularity.
If anyone of any age is considering adding something special to their personal status, take a complimentary class in Arakan as i did and enjoy the journey.

Dave Stringer


Since starting in late 2009, Arakan Martial Art has truly inspired me on a day to day basis. It has made me feel incredibly empowered and confident. 
I now wholeheartedly believe in myself and my abilities, be it physical or mental! Having dealt with some nasty bullying issues from the past, this is what pushed me to train harder and faster, never wanting to become the victim again. 
Today I am loud and proud thanks to Arakan and the amazing people involved!

Tim Pitchford

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