Josh Grimsey - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Josh Grimsey

3rd Degree Senior Instructor

Josh always had a keen interest in fitness and sports and began training Arakan in 2000 when he was still in high school. Josh was always passionate about Arakan and used to cut school to attend training.

Josh rapidly developed a passion for Arakan and decided he wanted to create a career becoming an Instructor and impart this amazing art to others. He has been a personal student of Master Kyaw for over 2 decades and is a dedicated student to his training and life. He has the ethos of student first, becoming a true warrior, always turns up and trains hard.

He is passionate about self development and loves sharing his knowledge with others and watching them achieve their training goals. Josh is one of the fittest guys in the club, eats clean and has s firm training ethic, instilled with dedication and focus, that his students greatly benefit from.

Josh is one of the highest exponents in the club, is inducted into the Instructor Hall of Fame and attributes his greatest Arakan achievements to teaching this art to others and grading his Green Belt in 2012. Josh believes that with focus, discipline and the right knowledge, one can become the best version one can be.

Outside of training and teaching, Josh is a dedicated family man and enjoys spending time with his family and 3 beautiful daughters, at the beach or by the pool. He also fishing and eating great food.

Student Testimonials

I have been an Arakan Martial Art student for 14 years and have been highly fortunate to have Josh Grimsey as my Instructor for my entire journey. Josh himself is a brilliant Arakan practitioner whose own mastery, drive and talent for the art naturally inspires and rubs off on the student. As a teacher too, Josh is a master. For 14 years, he has consistently shown up with vitality and enthusiasm, willing to focus completely on the lesson and my needs on the day. He bestows discipline with a happy and compassionate nature, driving when he needs to be and extremely patient otherwise.

As with life, Arakan Martial Art is a journey with growth and plateau, growth and plateau; having a consistent and committed Instructor like Josh Grimsey has helped keep me on the journey through thick and thin. As such, I have been able to make progress, learn about myself, learn about life, and learn about this martial art from ancient Burma.

Josh Grimsey is my Instructor, my coach and, through my training, a fine friend. I am grateful to him and to the Chief Instructor Rob Kyaw and the club they run. It's a brilliant organisation to be a part of.

I highly recommend Arakan Martial Art and Instructor Josh Grimsey to train you, grow you and give you great energy and confidence in your life.
Dr Andrew Bartlett,


My name is Gared Clarey, 8 years ago I received a call from Josh grimsey inviting myself to train privates with him. 
From day one my training changed the way I saw the world feeling empowered and confident in myself from the few strikes that where shown to me, knowing I could protect my family and myself I was hooked ,I couldn't stop talking about how awesome this art was to my work mates who thought I was mad, All I would hear from them ,mate that wall won't hit back, leave that post alone and to this day I still do it.
I thank Josh Grimsey for the amazing 8 years , going through my yellow belt all the hard times and great times and everything in between and Many more to come.
I would highly recommend training with Josh (private or group)to anyone who wants to be motivated, empowered and have a amazing out look on life.
Gared Clarey

Josh does extremely well planned training sessions is unbelievably skilled.  Josh is my absolute guide in how I am progressing.  I have massive respect for his approach, knowledge and time. He is the best!
Wayne Brummer

It has been a remarkable journey for me with up’s and down’s personally. Josh has always had an open ear and respect for me at whatever stage I am in. Thank you for your hard earned effects and consistency which would not be easy. Very much respect for you!
Dave Moore

Mike is very easy to connect with. Josh is a very talented instructor with excellent teaching methods and a wonderful approach. 
Mike Prior
For 9 years lessons with Josh are always great. Josh has helped me improve so much not only in martial arts skills, But also confidence and attitude towards life. Thank you very much Josh.
Chris Du

I have had the privilege to be training and learning Arakan Martial Art with Josh Grimsey for 2 years and I am super pumped for the endless years to come. 
When I very first started I was at a pretty low point if my life. I was confused, I always doubted myself and I thought the world was against me. 
After these 2 amazing years of training Arakan with Josh Grimsey he has taught me how to believe in myself, to defend myself but also to actually believe it. He has taught me to be okay with making mistakes but also pushing me to learn from them. 
Josh has inspired me to want to continue my Arakan journey and to set higher goals for myself through the Instructor Development Program. 

His passion and commitment has really driven me to chase my dreams. I am so grateful to have Josh as my Instructor to not only learn the best Martial Art there is, but also to be able to talk to him about anything and receive any guidance I need.

I highly recommend Instructor Josh Grimsey to anyone who wants to learn self defence. It is an empowering feeling to be able to be in control and take control of any uncomfortable or life threatening situation that you find yourself in. 
Kyla Salter-Doyle



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So I sometimes (always) find it hard to admit/talk about anything I consider as weakness in character.
Over the years of my Arakan journey there has been more than once where I didn't want to go to training, I could barely convince myself to get out of bed. One time in particular being after the 6 or so months I had off for injuries.

If it wasn't for the understanding and going above and beyond to push me to not give up from , I know I wouldn't still be training. I also wouldn't have been in a very good place within myself. There was a light at the of that tunnel and after what seemed like forever once again I couldn't get enough and training was the highlights of my weeks.

The last few weeks have been difficult and more often than not im too proud to ask for help. As much as I hate to say it, I've needed it. The support and tough love or compassion depending when its from Anthony Forrester and Corey Davies (* who only after having me in group for literally weeks, scares me how much they actually care for each single student) truthfully it's given me something non self destructive to focus on and not completely, for lack of better wording, lose my mind.

I may never be able to admit l how much I needed it, So: while I have the courage I just wanted to say Ant, Corey, any of my other instructors, the guys I train with , Rob and Arakan Martial Arts. Thanks. Specifically Anthony. Although with a lesson with him this avo im gonna regret it. It has helped me more than you /could all possibly know. I am so grateful.

Marissa Hughes


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