Arakan Martial Art

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Matt Bright

Senior Instructor

Born: 1985
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.

Student Testimonials

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.

Jess Whitelaw.

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.

John Lemon

A very good friend of mine held a party for his 17 year old son and my wife and I offered to help out with the general party stuff. All was well up until 9:45. A group of uninvited teenagers (party crashers) approached the front gate and despite of being told several times that the party was closed and that they would not be let in, the group got louder and started to climb on neighbouring fences. 
I started to get surrounded by 5 or 6 of them holding open cans and bottles yelling abuse, my adrenalin started rising and I started to pick out my targets (just in case). Then it happened, a push…it was immediately answered by a back fist (guy in front of me), slight turn to the left and followed by a straight palm (guy to my left), it connected quite well and caused a bit of a domino effect. The rest of the group cleared out quickly and started to throw cans and bottles at us; luckily no one was hurt. Eventually the police arrived and scanned the area for those who started this mess.  

Oliver Ihle

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