Pene Phillips - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Pene Phillips


Born: 1983

Student Since: 2016

Instructor Since: May 2019

Biggest Arakan Achievement: Being awarded Student of the Year 2018 and becoming and Arakan Instructor

Interests outside of Arakan: Reading, learning, rugby, fishing and camping. Spending time with my partner and children.

Comments from Instructor: Arakan is the most challenging thing I have ever done. The amount you learn and grow when challenging yourself on a daily basis is amazing.

Student Testimonials

The confidence Arakan has given my 10 yr old boy has blown my mind. His mentor, Pene, is patient, has built a great rapport in a short amount of time, is understanding, caring and it’s a pleasure to watch my sons self confidence grow each week. My son also has Aspergers, ADHD and extreme anxiety, so Pene, in my opinion is also learning and I watch as he implements strategies specific for my son. Finding Arakan and Pene has been a blessing to us, thank you Arakan and thank you Pene

Christine Hayward


Pene is an awesome instructor if you are looking for a martial art/self defence for your kids...!
I introduced my nephews, who can be a Arakan with Pene as their instructor.
He's also a Dad...he is patient, engaging, and an awesome instructor for young people looking to build their confidence and focus.

Patrick McCluskey


My journey with Arakan started with a midday jog through a local park where I happened upon a private lesson being delivered. I approached to inquire and before long I had started on a new quest.
Deciding to go for that jog turned out to be one of those “sliding doors” moments. Without it, I wouldn’t have embarked on one of the most enjoyable and rewarding undertakings I’ve ever committed to.
Arakan has captivated me in a way I’ve been searching for since my long hiatus from weight training. The realistic drills have conditioned my mind and body in ways that I’ve found other martial art disciplines haven’t. I feel like a blade that’s getting sharper every week.
In a time when anyone can throw on a “trainer” t-shirt and claim to be competent, it’s refreshing to be reminded of what devoted instructors are capable of. The forethought that Pene brings to my private lessons is clear. Each session has a purpose and fits into a bigger plan. He’s always positive and coaches where there are physical and mental shortfalls alike. I finish each session feeling invested in which is a rare experience.
Arakan instructors are incredibly skilled and, importantly, a blast to be around. I haven’t been to a session where I haven’t both laughed and been in awe of the skills being taught. Two minutes talking with Master Rob will leave you feeling like you’ve been mates for years.
Arakan is more than a martial art, it’s an invitation to become a better you in the presence of humble achievers who pay what they receive forward.
Will you feel welcome? Yes.
Will you get bruised? Probably.
Will you love it? Absolutely!

Paul Conlan

Book a complimentary intro lesson with Pene Phillips

*Limited places available, subject to instructor availability.

I originally started training in Arakan Martial Art as a form of self defence when there was a rise in attacks on women on the Gold Coast. 
Being a small lady (all of 45kg), I knew that I would be an easy target for uncomfortable or life threatening attacks so I decided to take action and learn a form of martial art / self defence.
It has not been a year yet in my Arakan journey, but looking back I have never regretted the choice I made to learn this life changing skill. An added bonus is also becoming fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been before. I am much fitter physically and mentally than I could ever be, and this is just the start (still an Arakan baby), looking at life in a more positive way.

I highly recommend all women to learn self defence. From a woman’s point of view, it is a rewarding and empowering feeling to be able to be in control and take control of an uncomfortable or life threatening situation through the skill of martial arts / self defence

Saroeun Grantham


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...