Arakan Martial Art

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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

My son Deklan is a naturally kind and gentle boy, who as an only child has never had to endure the competition and ruff and tumble of other siblings. Reading how daunting and challenging schools can be these days I was very keen to get him involved in self defense but wasn’t sure what was going to be the best fit for him.

In a chance encounter at a community fate we saw the Arakan stand and after talking to the guys I was really impressed with how friendly the team was and how passionate they were to get Deklan into his first lesson. And here is the part that grabbed me the most, the training is done outdoors in parks and school grounds while wearing shirts and shorts and everyday shoes, now that’s real life training. We booked in straight away for our complimentary lesson and Deklan couldn’t wait to get started.

On the day of his first lesson Deklan was quite nervous but Ryan his instructor made him feel completely relaxed and the lesson was a great mix of training and learning through fun games. At the end of the lesson Deklan ran straight up to me and asked if he could do more training tomorrow and the next day, which was a sure sign he loved it. He has now been training for over 3 years and as much as Arakan is about learning self defense and getting fit I have seen Deklan grow in confidence, co-ordination, self respect and self belief. 

Deklan now jumps at every opportunity to do extra lessons and group training and he totally loves going to school holiday training days and he wears his Arakan uniform with absolute pride.

I can honestly say I have been totally impressed with how Arakan has taught him practical, useable skills in real life environments and we look forward to many more years involvement with the Arakan family.


Mark Sculley

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