Grant Cosgrove - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Grant Cosgrove

Senior Instructor

Grant started training Arakan in 2008 looking to improve his health and fitness.

Little did he know that Arakan was about to transform his life. Through his training, Grant lost a staggering 20 kilos and became a fitter, stronger, healthier version of himself. He thanks Arakan for giving him discipline and focus, and loves sharing his journey with others, to empower and inspire them on their journey.

Grant is a mature minded Instructor and brings a wealth of knowledge across personal development and creating a life you love. He inspires the hearts and minds of his students and walks his talk. Grant’s goal for his students is to learn how to defend themselves and loved ones, to help them achieve their goals and becoming better versions of themselves, improving their health and wellbeing along the way.

Grant trains hard and demonstrates that there is no a barrier for going after what you want in life. He is a patient and compassionate Instructor and loves teaching others to protect themselves and loved ones, to the very best of their ability.

When Grant isn’t training or teaching, he enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, listening to music and personal development. His greatest Arakan achievement is teaching Arakan to others and achieving his Orange Belt.

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


Grant has a great understanding of Luke's limits but is always encouraging him to do more and want to do more, and to incorporate the use of both sides of his body even though it is difficult. Luke loves training with Grant and there is improvements in Luke constantly. They are a perfect fit as Luke tends to talk too much and get distracted but Grant is very good at keeping him focused.  

Jamie Hardman, mother of Luke


Grant has been a total professional in all aspects of training and proven himself to be an outstanding role model for my son Deklan. Grant has a wonderful ability to make training seem fun while pushing Deklan in his skills and fitness levels. 

Mark Sculley, father of Deklan


Grant is an excellent teacher and Instructor. He is incredibly patient and will answer the same question over and over in a different way until I understand. Grant is very helpful and gives/shows what real life experiences I could expect/anticipate which has made me more confident in my everyday life and I feel safer thanks to Grants training. He is an amazing Instructor because I have watched him train my mum and he does an incredible job with her and adapting to my mums learning style.

Wendy Mills


Gosh, its been 5 years already that I have been Training and I would have to say that my success and commitment is such a result of the amazing training delivered by the instructor Grant Cosgrove. His ability to train things so efficiently, keep me motivated and inspired to never give up has been instrumental in my Arakan journey. His patience, dedication to the craft and his students has been amazing. He is always so flexible and knowledgeable and seems to know exactly what his students need in the moment. He has been a great friend and instructor and he has been instrumental in my progress as a student. Would highly recommend him to any new student that is considering joining. Thanks so much Grant for always showing up and also holding me accountable to my goals and supporting me on my Arakan journey.

Marc Miles

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I originally started training Arakan Martial Art out of curiosity back in June 2010. I was new to the Gold Coast, had always wanted to try a martial art and saw the sign for the office just around the corner from where I was living. 
Previously I had spent years at various gyms and had sought costly personal trainers which kept me reasonably fit but i decided I may be better spending the money to learn how to defend myself should the situation ever arise.
What I discovered from Arakan Martial Art was so much more. Of course it provides all the fitness and conditioning one would expect from a martial art however it is the "fight logic" that really differentiates the art. You are taught to assess your environment and use it to your advantage. This includes not only aspects such as where to position yourself in a certain situation but also how to deal with obstacles a situation may possess. There are a multitude of different locations where the art is trained that cater for everybody e.g.. nightclubs, home invasion, In your car, dark alleys, wide open areas, parks, beach etc.
Another important aspect to the art is the culture within the club. Ego is left at the gate. All of the instructors are very humble which stems from the top and is evident throughout the club. As everyone's journey is their own, you are only asked to do what you are capable of and you are only challenging yourself.
On a personal note I have found Arakan Martial Art gives me a release from the day to day pressures of work, which in turn has allowed me to become a calmer person and think more rationally. 
It never matters how bad my day has been walking into a lesson, I always walk out exhausted, full of knowledge, relaxed and with a smile on my face. 

Robert Mackay


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