Arakan Martial Art

Kyla Salter


Kyla began training Arakan in 2014 after moving to the Gold Coast from Sydney. She wanted to move to be closer to her family and spend more quality time with them.

Kyla is a warm and fun loving person who loves sharing her passion for Arakan with others. Arakan has helped Kyla transition her life and she now shares Arakan with other to help them through their life challenges.

Kyla is not afraid of hard work and loves getting stuck into her training. She trains hard and doesn’t back down. Kyla is 1 of 6 female Instructors in the club and is very inspiring and open to sharing Arakan with others. She feels grateful to Arakan for changing her values and view on life and inspires her students with her resilience and strength and loves seeing her students achieve their goals through training.

One of her greatest achievements in Arakan is achieving her Yellow Belt and now has the privilege of teaching others. When spending time with Kyla, you will quickly feel her enthusiasm for Arakan and how it can help you. When Kyla is not training, she enjoys going on hikes, spending time with her family, going to the beach and listening to music.


Kyla has been an amazing instructor.

She has demonstrated all her knowledge in teaching by giving thorough explanations in everything she shows me. If I’m having a difficult time learning something new, she always takes the time to figure out a way for me to learn in a way I truly understand. She is extremely easy to talk to and always makes me feel comfortable training with her. She is incredibly inspiring with how far she has come. I would recommend Kyla as an instructor to anyone.


In the short time I have had Kyla as my instructor, I have been able to further develop my technique, especially with my footwork. It was awesome to have an enthusiastic and encouraging female figure to train with and learn from. Every training session was empowering and enjoyable, with great reflection on the art of Arakan and the journey we both have taken to get to where we are today. Arakan instructors are more than “instructors”, they are teachers, friends, life coaches, and they push you to achieve your best physically, mentally, and in the art of Arakan. Kyla is one of the friendliest and approachable instructors I’ve had and I thank her for the time she has spent alongside me on my journey.

Hope Foster

Arakan has genuinely changed my life; everything from my fitness to my confidence has improved so much since I started just a few short months ago. I have Kyla to thank for this, her teaching style is brilliant! Her upbeat energy keeps me pumped throughout every lesson, and I'd recommend her training to literally anyone.


I have long desired martial arts training, however as a 42-year-old female with multiple chronic health conditions, I am unfit for competition style arts and cannot sustain a direct blow to the head without the risk of serious complications.

I have been training weekly, one-on-one with Kyla for 10 weeks now and already I have noticed a massive change in my life. The first thing Kyla taught me was how to protect my head – which in my case is literally life changing. Kyla’s enthusiastic nature and supportive personality instantly relaxed me, while her encouragement and, when needed, firm hand has inspired me for the first time in many years, to feel motivated. I look forward to seeing Kyla’s smiling face every week and find myself excited to move again. My coordination and left-right responses are improving already, and I am finding my pain levels are decreasing week by week.

In just 10 weeks, the training Kyla has provided to suit my specific physical limitations and health difficulties, has helped my go from not being able to move for more than 20 minutes without extreme pain and exhaustion, to completing the hour training and still feeling motivated to participate in physical and even social activities. There are still days when I struggle to follow even simple instructions or have limited control over one side of my body, but Kyla somehow manages to adapt the training so I can still learn and enjoy our practice.

My goal has moved from simply seeking movement each week, to a deep desire to explore every opportunity this exciting art has to offer.

Arakan Martial Art suits me perfectly. If I can learn and grown within this art, everyone can.

Thank you, Kyla, you are inspirational. I look forward to continuing this journey with you and growing and learning with you. Thank you for honouring me with your time, patience, focus and skilled teachings. You are a genuine credit to yourself, Arakan and women.

Kristen Morrison

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Since I started Arakan Martial Art in 2010 it has helped me to feel safer and not to panic as much as I did in the past. In this time I have gained confidence in myself knowing that I am able to protect myself when I go jogging in the evenings, early mornings and in situations that may occur in the future. It has raised my awareness of when another person is showing aggressive tendencies. I have also learnt to read situations better and hold my ground.

Sharnee Burraston

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...