Arakan Martial Art

Kat Hyden


Name: Kat Hyden
Student Since: 2017
Instructor Since: 2020

Biggest Arakan Achievement:
I find it hard to see Arakan in terms of but achievements, but more as a series of small wins in a bigger journey. Some of my most memorable moments include my first seminar with Master Rob, watching one of my first student’s happiness as we worked with on their palm strike and it started to feel good, and passing my yellow belt last year. I can also look at achievements in my wider life and relate those back to Arakan and most appreciate the relationships I have developed through the club.

Interests outside of Arakan:
Gym, cycling, CrossFit.

Comments from Instructor:
I would recommend Arakan to anyone who is looking to learn self defence, improve their fitness or simply build confidence as our 1:1 lessons allow us to tailor everything we do to each unique student and their goals, regardless of their age, fitness level or previous experience. Plus, we have a great club culture and always love to welcome new students.

Student Testimonials

 Kat has been teaching me for a while now, and I've only got good things to say about her. I'm impressed with how professionally and creatively she's managed the restrictions caused by COVID-19 and I've really enjoyed learning Arakan from her. I would give her the warmest of recommendations.
Mariann Ratama

Kat and I have trained for over two months now, and I have been an Arakan student for almost three years. I originally started out for fitness but soon realised that Arakan was more than fitness. Kat has helped me to redefine my goals, to improve my flexibility, ability to focus and work on my technique. Whether you are a new or existing student, I highly recommend Kat as an instructor for you, it doesn't matter if your male, female or a child.
Will Cochrane

I’ve loved every second of Arakan training, both the private lessons with Kat and the group classes. While it’s probably not what I had in mind when I thought “this year you should do some martial arts lessons”, it is empowering and fun, and I can see the purpose behind all of the training and moves I’ve learned. The instructors are brilliant, Kat has been fantastic as a trainer, and I can’t wait to learn more.
Kylie Simpson

I’ve been training with Kat Hyden in Sydney for some time now, and she is one of the most committed and passionate instructors I have had the pleasure of working with. I chose ARAKAN to challenge me and take me out of my comfort zone, while keeping fit and learning a vital new skill.
Kat focused and continues to focus on my goals and makes every session challenging (& somehow fun). My knowledge of this amazing art has increased noticeably and I’ve seen and continue to see improvements in my ability throughout each session.
In my job I am called upon to motivate and develop people every day, as such, I know how difficult it is to drive another person to success if you are not truly passionate about them and their learning. Kat and all the instructors are clearly passionate, skilled and caring who I would recommend if you are serious about a rewarding experience while being pushed to better yourself.
• She encourages me to work with other instructors to ensure I get the best out of my investment while maintaining her role in my growth, as my lead instructor.
• Her no BS, but passionate approach, instils trust and confidence while not allowing me to “slack” off on my commitment to improve and her commitment to be instrumental in my ARAKAN journey.
• She ensures that my technique is always correct to avoid any injuries.
• She is extremely reliable & punctual – always set up & ready to start training ahead of time, with an exercise routine planned.
I thoroughly enjoy training in the outdoor environment, I would highly recommend Kat Hyden & the ARAKAN team to anyone looking to improve their fitness and confidence while obtaining a fortified mind & body

Garret Norris

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I just wanted to thank you for sending such a inspirational instructor to teach my son Andrew. 

Grant Cosgrove came a month ago to start to teach my son Andrew Arakan. 

 I have only praise for Grant, he is not only kind and patient but has great knowledge.

My son is enjoying his sessions immensely, I have noticed changes in him since starting with Grant.  He has grown in confidence in such a short time.

Jenni Kinson

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...