Arakan Martial Art

Melissa Vay


Born: 1997

Student since: December 2015

Biggest Achievement in Arakan: Training for my grading, attaining my Yellow Belt and becoming a fully qualified female instructor in Melbourne!

Interest outside of Arakan: I like painting, taking photogenic photographs of nature, drinking chai latte, spending quality time with friends and family and also going for long hikes out in the mountains.

Comments from Instructor: One of the many things training Arakan has taught me is to hold myself confidently in life...

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Arakan testimonial - Kristine

When did you start training Arakan?
In late January 2020 I had my first lesson one on one under a big tree in the gardens with trainer Melissa Vay.
Melissa is fearless, supportive and strong. She taught me how to tap into my internal focus and external strength Arakan way. I felt empowered!

What motivated you to get started?
I was about to turn 60 and I started to feel slower, weaker and more vulnerable. I wanted to strengthen myself and focus on the future.
I had always wanted to train in martial arts. I searched and found Arakan had body and mind techniques that I could learn and practice.

What are your goals?
To maintain my fitness, to walk in the world with confidence and to know how to defend myself.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Strength and focus restored, I know some ripper defensive moves and strikes, so look out!

What advice would you give new students
Arakan is an amazing journey, you don't know what you will discover about yourself until you are put to the test.
I have learned that it is better to be ready than to hide away from danger.


Arakan testimonial -Ashleigh Fisher

I started Arakan officially in January this year after being invited to bring a friend in November last year. Although I had started my fitness journey doing pilates and barre, I wanted to find something that pushed me further and took me out of my comfort zone. Something that would help me toughen up mentally and physically. My goals are to stop overthinking and to switch into beast mode as quickly as possible and also to be able to do pushups properly! My greatest achievement so far is that I see changes, although I am not the strongest or the fastest, I am still improving myself. My advice to new students is to keep showing up, don't overthink and just enjoy it because you'll meet a nicer, more dedicated group of instructors.

I cannot recommend Melissa enough, she always encourages me and pushes me to my limit. Being of a similar size and to see what she can achieve shows me it's possible with enough dedication and time. I look forward to each lesson and always come away with a smile on my face.

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I attended a work function. I left to head home to my wife and our new baby and for no reason I was jumped on from behind.  I dropped this attacker as well as two of his friends who started throwing punches at me. Thanks to Arakan Martial Art and my Instructor for teaching me the necessary skills, and for giving me the confidence to handle these guys, and to get me home safely to my family.

Phillip Pearce

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...