Mark Boulten - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Mark Boulten

2nd Degree Senior Instructor

Mark began his Arakan journey in 2009 when he was searching for a different style of martial art and to increase his fitness and conditioning. He loved the self defence aspect of Arakan and how fast, effective and practical this style is.

Arakan is a large part of Mark's life and he believes it gets better every year he continues to train. When an opportunity arose for Mark to move to Perth, Western Australia, he jumped at the opportunity and saw it as a way to share Arakan with more people and and help empower them. Mark is dedicated to teaching and training Arakan and quickly established Arakan in Perth, sharing Arakan with everyone he met.

Mark is a knowledgeable and patient Instructor and easily adapts his lessons for his students. He is passionate about teaching his students fast and effective street self defence skills, combining fitness and conditioning with practical self protection solutions. He also loves the personal development that comes with the discipline and focus of showing up each week to training and how it transfers into other areas of your life.

Mark loves training hard and enjoys challenging his students and watching them grow and develop through their training. He loves seeing them break through perceived limitations and boundaries and becoming more empowered and confident throughout life. Mark adapts lessons to his students requirements and easily demonstrates how nothing can stop you from being able to defend yourself. He loves seeing his students grow more confident and empowered through their training and become more focused and disciplined, which translates into other areas of their life.

Mark attributes his greatest Arakan achievement to grading his Orange Belt and moving to Perth to establish Arakan in Western Australia. He loves watching his students develop and grow, physically, mentally and emotionally and how Arakan positively positively transforms people lives.

When Mark is not training or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his family. Mark has established an Arakan community in Perth and loves watching the Club expand and grow in new territories.

Student Testimonials

My 2 daughters aged 7 and 9 have been training with Mark for over a year now.... initially there was a bit of resistance towards going for lessons, but Mark has managed to change that for both the girls. They now look forward to attending lessons every week and learn new techniques of self defence and practice things from the previous lessons.
It gives me peace of mind knowing that my girls will be equipped to defend themselves and know what to do if God forbid they are faced with an untoward situation
Thanks Mark, you've been doing a great job with the kids.


I’ve only been practicing Arakan for a few months but already feel more confident. Mark is a great instructor!

Cathie Sweetman

Mark at Arakan Perth is coaching my two teenagers. This isn’t just a physical learning experience After the first session, Mark had instilled morals and techniques which supported our family values. We are looking forward to many more sessions. Thank you.


I have been training with Mark for about 14 months now and have loved every minute of it. Mark is knowledgeable, focused and very patient but can still have a laugh and we do! I enjoy both the private and group sessions and I'm always learning something. Arakan is great for all ages and genders and I have seen this first hand. I look forward to continuing my Arakan journey with Mark and his students.

Scott McGillivray

I have trained Arakan for nearly a year now. I am so very grateful to have Mark as my instructor. Mark has been teaching Arakan for over 8 years. He is a true professional, always bring great energy and positive intensity to every lesson I have. As I am training to become a Instructor too, I have been tracking/ follow many of Marks lessons. It is great how Mark is able to teach anyone from Ladies to Men to children and still get the best out of every lesson for every student. Arakan Martial Art will teach you effective and practical self defence skills that can be adapted for any situation. The benefits of training Arakan will overflow into other aspects of your life giving you greater confidence, focus and overall better well being. You really will become a better version of yourself. I highly recommend Arakan Martial Art and senior instructor Mark Boulten to anyone, from all ages and from all walks of life.

Paul Hadland

Thanks Mark You have been big help in my personal development. I always look forward to training and listening to what Mark has to teach Looking forward to 4.45 Saturday morning.

Jason Adaway

I have enjoyed and learnt a lot from training with Mark over the past years and looking forward to improving myself more in the art. Mark has been a great tutor his patience in doing so and understanding has always had me looking for the next session in training.

Don Hale

You won't ever walk away disappointed !!! Mark is a great instructor who is patient, adaptable and no two trainings are ever the same. Perfect for beginners or experienced martial artists young and old. I enjoy my trainings with Mark and always look forward to the next one. :-)

Leeroy Rangiwai

Mark Boulten has been our trainer for several months now and he is truly mindful, focused, energetic and like a breath of fresh air in our lives. His training methods are direct, comprehensive and full of Arakan movement nuances that we never new existed. This means that we are learning something new every week, no matter how large or small. One of the most important results we have noticed since beginning Arakan is that, regardless of how we feel before we start each lesson, afterwards we always feel extremely energetic and this energy can last all day. We are both mature age 48 and 58 years old and I began with a frozen shoulder that was only partially moving. I hoped that by doing Arakan, it would help with my overall movement and I am glad to say it has. With Mark's help and guidance I can now almost fully use my shoulder again. Needless to say that I am absolutely stoked. My message to other potential Arakan students is, don't think about doing it, just get in and do it, you will never regret it. We both feel taller, more confident and disciplined and if you're lucky enough to get a trainer like Mark, well then you're set for life.

Elizabeth Dove

We had the amazing opportunity to have Mark Boulten train our property managers in self-defence recently. Mark is an incredibly engaging and knowledgeable instructor who truly cares about teaching people self-defence. His personable nature created a supportive environment where we felt comfortable and motivated to learn. He provided valuable insights into situational awareness, risk assessment and effective strategies for personal safety.
His engaging teaching style not only enhanced our self-defence skills but left us feeling inspired and empowered. Highly recommend!
Debbie Fletcher



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It seems to help people in many ways other than just self defence, but in day to day life from work to family, with the opportunity to better yourself every day. It’s an experience that can’t quite be put into words, but it is definitely waiting for you. If you’re looking for a sign, this is it!

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