Pat Melling - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Pat Melling

2nd Degree Senior Instructor

Pat began his Arakan journey in 2008,when he was just 17. He was looking to train a martial art and when he was introduced to Arakan, he loved the practical street self defence style that Arakan offered.

Being a young teenager when he started training, Arakan helped give Pat direction and purpose in his life. He attributes Arakan to being the vehicle towards helping him achieve his goals and dreams and he loves sharing Arakan to inspire his students to do the same.

Pat loves sharing Arakan with everyone he meets, enjoys training hard and is physically fit and strong. He is very a personable and enthusiastic Instructor, with a warm and light hearted energy that enables him to teach anyone. He loves encouraging and inspiring his students to achieve their goals through training.

Outside of Arakan, Pat enjoys spending time with his young family, cars, listening to music and being active, playing sports. His greatest Arakan achievement was having his first private lesson with Chief Instructor Robert Kyaw and becoming a Senior Instructor. Pat has graded his Orange Belt and attributes his success to his mentor, the Chief Instructor and his Instructor.

Student Testimonials


Pat has been an outstanding Instructor. His enthusiasm for Arakan and for life generally, is inspirational. He has made a big difference to the way my family and I approach life He is very considerate of his students and obviously places great importance on their growth and wellbeing. It is a privilege to be able to call Pat my teacher.
Nick McGowen

Pat has been training Tyson for about 6 years. In that time Pat has shown nothing but respect for Tyson and as Tyson has an intellectual disability on the Autism spectrum Pat has encouraged Tyson not only for Arakan but in helping Tyson with his life. Pat is a fantastic ambassador for Arakan. 
Sandy Dawson mother of Tyson Dawson

Pat has helped me so much, inside and outside of Arakan. Such a legend.
Jack Lace

Pat is awesome! A great Instructor and a great person which inspires me to be a student and a better person. 
Ryan Musgrave

Pat is an exceptional Instructor he is an amazing person. The way he can explain the principles of Arakan and how it relates to the drill at training is brilliant. I feel I owe a lot to Pat for not only my growth as an Arakan student but also as a person. 
Ben Galbraith

I have been doing Arakan for 4½ years and Pat Melling has been a private instructor of mine during that period. I have found Pat to be a personable, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable instructor and I thoroughly enjoy my sessions with Pat. I would highly recommend him to anybody thinking of taking up Arakan.
John Lemon

Pat has been an incredible instructor. His passion and knowledge of Arakan has brought a unique and exciting experience to training. Pat definitely deserves to achieve all the goals he works so hard towards. 
Ben Abrahams

I have trained with Pat almost 6 years. In that time I have watched Pat grow not only as a man but an incredible instructor. It has been an absolute privilege to be trained by Pat. Pat helped me on my Arakan journey in ways I could never repay and has put up with a lot of my crap along the way. Personally, Arakan and Pat have helped me become the woman I am now, which I am forever grateful and blessed. Who knows what the next part of the journey holds, but I am super excited to see and share it with Pat and watch us all grow even more. 
Alison Jones

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About 10 weeks ago my daugter (23) and I (57) were introduced to Arakan Martial Art. In this short space of time it has had a magical impact on our world. I never thought I’d be a ‘martial art’ person, but so glad that we are now in this powerful positive community.

There has only been a couple of times in my life where I’ve interacted with men and women who are completely focused on honouring and empowering each other. Fitness, empowerment, and self-defence all rolled into one! The benefits roll out into your entire life. I am already using the sense of inner strength and focus in my business. And, I'm sharing with my clients the positive ripples that occur when groups of people come together to bring out the best in each other. This group of people (students and instructors alike) have confirmed to me that leaders come in all shapes and sizes and they aren't born they are made.

I have a diminished lung capacity due to a long-term illiness and am coming off a very low fitness capability, and yet everyone at Arakan - students and instructors alike - make me feel like I’m a superstar.

If you want to step in to your personal power - physically, mentally and emotionally - try one of the complimentary lessons, you'll be glad you did.

My instructor is Aida and she is a great role model for how Arakan can turn your life into something more than you anticipated.

Shelly Holmes


Watch how Arakan has changed the lives of our students

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...