Student Since: 2012
Instructor Since: April 2016
Biggest Arakan Achievement:
In 2014 I was awarded student of the month in January, being recognised by the club, my instructor & Rob gave me the belief in myself to achieve any goals I set myself no matter how crazy it seemed to others.
Interests outside of Arakan:
Tattoos, self growth, nature hikes & adventures
Comments from Instructor: Tragedy will be one of your greatest teachers, if you allow it !!
After starting my Arakan journey late 2016, I feel empowered, more confident and prepared for any situation. Training with Jamie has been amazing! He has been a kind and encouraging teacher, customising private lessons to my situation. I highly recommend training with Jamie as he is highly skilled, knowledgeable and passionate about Arakan and about training his students to be the best they can. I had no prior martial art experience or knowledge and was not really sure how it would go, but it has changed my life for the better.
Ashlee Thornton Smith
My 21 year old daughter and myself have been training with Jamie for the last couple of years. We joined Arakan to help us with our fitness and help with our personal experiences. We are always keen and motivated to attend every lesson.
Jamie is a very professional, friendly and patient Instructor who has made such a difference in our lives. We have come a long way with Jamie building our self-confidence and strength, which is what we hoped to achieve.
Jamie is a very caring and genuine person who cares about our well-being, and educates us on how to protect ourselves and stay safe in our everyday personal lives and our work environment.
I would not hesitate in recommending Arakan and Jamie to anyone. Thanks Jamie for teaching us life skills and being able to protect ourselves.
My daughter and I started our Arakan journey in 2016 with the help and guidance from our Instructor Jamie. It amazes me how much we progress with each lesson.
I wanted my daughter Maisie to have the ability to look after herself plus learn respect and discipline, which Jamie has taught not just her but myself over the years.
Jamie and Arakan have given me a new purpose and goal to reach, offering so much through personal training lessons to group and also invitations to many family days to experience with Maisie and seminars to further myself with more experience and training tools.
Jamie customises our lessons to suit our individual needs and provides us with in-depth instructions throughout from his Arakan knowledge. We see Jamie not only as an Instructor but as a great friend as well.
We thank Jamie for all his hard work and effort he puts into our training, he is so passionate.
Jamie is a fantastic Instructor who motivates me
every lesson train hard, pushing me to a new limit so that I can improve and
reach a new level. Jamie always goes the extra mile for his students
and my lessons with him are always the highlight of my week.
Jamie has been my
Arakan Instructor for a little over a year and a half now and I would say the thing that sticks out
the most about him is his passion for Arakan. He is always trying to better not
only himself but his students to. He’s perfect
attendance record is a reflection on just how dedicated he is he is also a very
patient man and willing to put the time into his students if they are willing
to put the effort.I always look
forward to our private lessons; he is always very easy to talk too and
supportive inside and outside training. I’m looking forward to the years to
I have been training with Jamie Thorne for 2 years and have
found Jamie to have a great understanding of Arakan Martial Art. His ability to
put into words what is required from me has been a great help for myself to
understand the Art on a much deeper level. Jamie was instrumental to help me grade my Yellow Belt in
2019. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jamie as an Arakan Instructor. He demonstrates the greatest desire to empower his students
with his knowledge and skill throughout their Arakan journey. His
professionalism and integrity is beyond reproach. He genuinely has the
student’s best interest in his heart. His deep understanding of Arakan is now
being utilised throughout our training toward my next grade, Orange Belt, and I
look forward to continuing my Arakan journey with Jamie’s instruction and
seven year old son Jett has been training with Jamie for over a year now. Before
starting Arakan, Jett misbehaved on a regular basis; however since training
with Jamie I have seen great improvements in his attitude and behaviour. Jamie
is a fantastic Instructor and has many great qualities but the one I admire
most is his discipline and the way he teaches this to Jett on a weekly basis.
Jett has learnt so much and come so far in 12 month and looks forward to his
believe Jamie will be a great mentor for Jett for many years to come. I
highly recommend Jamie to anyone who is serious about training Arakan. We think
he is the best.
began training Arakan Martial Art® in 2015 and have been training with Jamie
for the past 2 years. Jamie
is a compassionate, caring Instructor who has the best interest of all his
students. While training with Jamie, I have become more self confident and
greater levels of awareness. Each
week training with Jamie is fun and engaging – I am always excited to train.
Whether it be improving my skills with Arakan and consistently learning and
always being given advice, Jamie can always be counted on. Not
only is he an incredible Instructor, and friend. Beginning your Arakan journey
with Jamie would be the best way to start; he is able to teach you an extensive
range of skills in Arakan that are not only practical and useful in real-life
situations, but assist in personal development and growth.
I started training
Arakan Martial Art about three years ago with Jamie Thorne and it has been one
of the best decisions I have made. It has helped me in so many ways. It has boosted my
confidence, taught me the importance of being aware of your surroundings and
the people around you and just helped me grow as a person. Jamie has been
amazing from my first complimentary introductory lesson right up till now and
I’m certain for many years to come. Every week he just makes
each lesson awesome and exciting, I can always count on Jamie whether I need
help improving my Arakan or just need to talk and get some advice. He is always
there and I’m sure he’s always there for his other students and many others
too. I would highly recommend starting your Arakan journey with Jamie Thorne,
he has so many skills to teach you not just in Arakan but in everyday life