Arakan Martial Art

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Pat Melling

2nd Degree Senior Instructor

Born: 1991
Student Since: 2008
Instructor Since: 2011
Biggest Arakan Achievement:
Becoming a senior instructor
Having my first private lesson with Chief Instructor Robert Kyaw
Interests outside of Arakan:
Cars, Music, Sport
Comments from Instructor:
I believe Arakan is the best vehicle to help you achieve your goals and dreams.

Student Testimonials

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

Pat is a remarkable instructor and a genuinely good person. It is a privilege to be able to call him 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

I have been training Arakan for about 6 months and started out with the intent to learn some self defence and improve fitness. I have thoroughly enjoyed the mental and physical challenge of learning new techniques and credit my instructors who are dedicated and knowledgeable. All of my questions are answered and my instructors take the time to identify and work with me to improve my training. They are flexible and really approachable so I always feel welcome and can ask questions. I intend to continue training and learning, and will be getting my family involved when the kids are old enough.


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

We started Zara (7) and Austin (5) training in 2010 with Bill in family lessons. 

Steve, Father of Zara and Austin

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When ‘life happens’, it is an opportunity to rise up and show our strength and courage. With the recent pandemic hitting our shores, it meant some changes needed to happen with training, whilst conforming with the strict government regulations and hygiene protocols.

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As global citizens, we have all been adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This might just be to our day-to-day socio-occupational routines and training regimes but most likely than not, it has affected our sense of security and certainty about the future to some extent. For some, it can be hard not to worry what the Pandemic and its socio-economic impacts can mean for ourselves, our families, friends and communities.