Phil Morley - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Phil Morley


Phil began training in 2007 when he woke up one morning to an intruder standing over him after falling asleep on the lounge at home. He chased the intruder away however quickly realised that he was very lucky that the intruder decided run and not put up a fight. This incident motivated Phil to search for a street effective self defence so that he no longer feel vulnerable in a situation.

Phil extensively travelled the world and decided to move to Australia from Canada. He was previously working as a mechanical engineer, then transitioned to building furniture from wood when he first started training and enjoyed learning practical self protection skills.

With a military history, Phil is no stranger to working hard, physically and mentally. He enjoys the growth and personal development from training and has instilled greater discipline and focus in his life. He loves to learn and grow in deep ways and shares his knowledge with his students and everyone he meets.

After a decade of training, Phil was inspired to change careers to become an Arakan Instructor and pass on his knowledge of teaching others how to defend themselves effectively. His focus is on uplifting and inspiring his students and teach them fast and effective self defence techniques.

Phil is amongst a select few who get to train with the Chief Instructor directly and graded his Orange Belt in 2021.

When Phil is not training or teaching, he enjoys being active, spending outdoors and still revels in his hobby of building furniture with his hands.

Student Testimonials

Training with Phil was an incredible experience! His wealth of knowledge was apparent, as was his high level of experience. This martial art has been a huge part of his life for decades and he is eager to pass on the benefits he has gained from it. 
He helped me understand the importance of not only the physical movements, but also strength of mind and spirit. 
He is inspiring in so many ways and I would highly recommend spending your time learning from him!

Domonique Lloyd

I have been training with Phil for about 6 months as he built his hours to become a fully qualified & paid Arakan instructor & it gives me great pleasure to wholeheartedly endorse him as an instructor & knowledgeable Arakan practitioner. Phil's attention to detail is outstanding. Throughout our time training together he's effectively managed to work around various injuries I've had from time to time & always provided a high quality lesson regardless of those conditions. He's extremely enthusiastic, & pleasant to work with, I've always looked forward to our training sessions & I feel privileged to have been taught by him as I think it's taken my skill level to greater heights. Phil's enthusiasm is contagious & I'd encourage anyone to train with him.

Ben Cook

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I started the boys in 2005 to train Arakan to learn about self defence because no mother would like to see her sons bullied. 

Maddy, Mother of Diego and Thibault


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...