Student Since: 6-7 years
Instructor Since: September 2013
Biggest Arakan Achievement: Achieving my yellow belt or getting most outstanding for group 7 or 8 times in a row.
Interests outside of Arakan: Spending time with family and friends
Comments from Instructor: Arakan is a way of life.
Learning Arakan and becoming a part of this wonderful community of people was one of the best things that I have ever done. When I first learned about Arakan, I had just moved to a new city and was on my own for the first time. I hated feeling so unsure and scared that I jumped at the opportunity to learn some self defence, even I had no idea at the time what Arakan was all about. What I found was even better than I'd hoped. Everyone who's ever watched an action movie and thought "I wish I could do that" would love to learn this awe inspiring martial art. It's the traditional martial arts mentality of power without violent aggression, knowledge and respect without the ego and one-up-man-ship of other modern martial arts.The people involved feel like a giant family, always supportive and encouraging, with the only real competition being against your past self. The structure of Arakan is based on real life scenarios, making this training relevant for everyone and so adaptable that anyone can learn it. From grandmothers to children, people with disabilities and those with permanent injuries - all are welcome and all can learn this art. From learning awareness of your surroundings and the energy of the people around it is possible to avoid fights altogether. In those times when a fight is unavoidable Arakan has an answer that will allow you to get home safely. The style is wonderfully practical and the techniques are perfect for compensating size and strength differences. As a below average height female I can say this is doubly reassuring! Trained by the Master Rob Kyaw, the instructors are all wonderful people with a genuine love for the art and a great passion for helping their students. My personal instructor Matt Bright has helped me through my initial fears, boosted my confidence and nursed me through depression to the point that I consider him to be my big brother. Everyone I have met through Arakan is as proud of others achievements as their own. I have never met a more supportive and welcoming group and I feel absolutely blessed that I have the opportunity to learn this wonderful art from such amazing people.
Matt Bright has been one of my Arakan instructors for nearly 4 years. I have found Matt to be a very devoted, knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor and thoroughly enjoy my sessions with him. I would have no hesitation recommending Matt as an instructor to anybody.