Michael started training Arakan in 2018 when a friend, and also now fellow Instructor, recommended Arakan as a self defence style of martial art. He began training looking for something challenging, other than going to the gym for fitness and health.
Michael attributes Arakan having a huge impact in every area of his life. He believes Arakan has given him untold confidence and empowerment, which he now endeavours to impart to his students. Michael was previously studying his Bachelor of Law, however decided to change careers to become an Arakan Instructor as he felt he could leave a more positive impact into the lives of others. Michael was inspired by the transformation in his friend and also by the other Instructors he was training with, and finds being an Instructor more fulfilling and enjoyable.
The other aspect that drew Michael to Arakan was the whole Arakan team and community. He has found the community to be open and warm, where everyone has each others best interests at heart. He has made some life long friends through training and finds being part of the Club very rewarding.
Some of Michael's greatest Arakan achievements to date are being awarded Student of the Year in 2019 and becoming an Arakan Instructor in 2021. Michael is excited to share this art with others and to help others begin their Arakan journey. Michael's interests outside of Arakan include hanging out with his friends, fitness and reading.
Michael has been an amazing instructor! I have been training with Michael since he started instructing and I highly recommend him. He is extremely passionate about the art and very understanding. I'm not the fittest or the most coordinated person but Michael always finds a way to make me feel like I can do it. I have found him to be very understanding and he is able to explain complicated things in really simple terms to help me understand.
Michael has this instinctive ability like many of the instructors to just know how his student after feeling, he genuinely cares for his students progress and encourages the little wins.
Training with Michael is always technical and informative he has a deep understanding of the techniques and what it takes to make the body moves in such a way. Especially for me being long and lanky haha
I'm very grateful for the opportunity to train with Michael.
I am so grateful to have been able to train with Michael. He really kick started my journey into Arakan and supported me in such a passionate and friendly way. He is dedicated to his art, to always improving in it and is full of integrity. He has shown up for me in my Arakan journey in unexpected, kind and very generous ways. He is a wonderful mentor and friend to his students. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to train in Arakan successfully and with joy.
Arakan for me was a very private affair at first. I weighed in at 208kg and I was lucky enough Arakan allowed me to train from my own home with my first instructor. A few months in, as my confidence to leave my home was getting better, I was lucky enough to gain extra private training with Michael at a park in Southport. Michael was attentive and helpful with all of my health and fitness restrictions and treated me with respect and patience. It was nerve racking meeting a new instructor and being in a new training environment but Michaels presence, energy, teaching style and calming nature allowed me to continue to be myself. As times changed, I was then given the opportunity to have Michael as my primary instructor. My Skill set and fitness levels have continued to drastically improve and my goals are getting bigger and bigger!! We have now moved my private training to 6.30am in the morning and I'm excited to get out of bed. I'm attending a level 1 group class, participating in seminars and Michael has recently presented me with my one year training certificate.
Everyone I have met through Arakan carries themselves different to the average person. Confidence and content with their heads held high, and that's testament to the high level of our instructors.
I have been training with Michael for almost 12months now and every lesson I came away with more than I started with. Michael is passionate about Arakan and his knowledge and skills are evident in the way he instructs. He will focus on your individual progression and skills with encouragement and an obvious care for what he does. I always look forward to training with Michael. He is a great instructor, a genuine person and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who wants to begin their Arakan journey. Thank you Michael.
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