Shea Murray - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Shea Murray

Senior Instructor

Shea began his journey in 2013 after being introduced to Arakan by a work colleague. He was quickly inspired by the adaptability of Arakan and how it instilled focus and discipline into his life.

He believes Arakan has positively influenced his life and is deeply grateful for being able to continuously learn and grow each day as a person.

He decided to transition from a career as a sound engineer to becoming an Arakan Instructor, wanting to share this amazing martial art with others. He feels that living and embodying the Arakan lifestyle has positively change his life and is inspired to teach and inspire others to do the same. He believes that Arakan has given him the strength and courage to pursue his goals and through his training, developed persistence and determination to achieve success in life.

Shea is a generally happy and positive person and enjoys sharing his energy with others. He loves learning and growing and the personal development aspect that comes with learning a martial art that is deep rooted and grounded. As an Instructor he loves sharing with his students not only practical self defence skills, but also by how applying your mind to a task, dream or goal, and taking appropriate action, you can achieve anything you put your mind too. He them helps his students to become more empowered and confident to do the same in their own life.

After achieving his Yellow Belt and becoming an Arakan Instructor, Shea decided to move to Melbourne to be able to share this amazing art with a new community who may not have seen Arakan before. Shea is passionate about sharing Arakan and he quickly integrated with the community, inspired to share Arakan with everyone he meets. He loves the diversity of his students and how Arakan brings everyone together, sharing a common goal of bettering themselves, learning practical self defence skills and looking out for each other.

Shea is deeply infused into the Arakan community and when he is not teaching or training, he enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and playing the guitar.

Student Testimonials

Since starting Arakan with Shea as my instructor, I have noticed a significant, positive change in my confidence and focus, this has really helped me in my day to day life and at work. Having patient and knowledgeable instruction really helps me achieve my goals and progress. Having a trainer that also knows how to push you to get the best out of your sessions when you need it really makes you feel like you are moving forward. 

Rob Spencer


Hi, I am Fernando Ferreira, a 60-year young male living in Melbourne area in Australia. I did not want to become a statistic in the recent spike of attacks on the older generation. When I decided to look for a self-defence class, I looked a various forms of martial art but was not sure any of them fit into the space of what I wanted from martial arts. That is of course before I knew anything about Arakan Martial Arts – never heard of it in fact before I stumbled onto it.

When I contacted them, Shea Murray, a senior Arakan Martial Art Instructor, put me at ease right away, but I was still unsure if this was right for me. Shea gave me a free lesson, he listened to what I was saying and what I was looking for and gave me a sample of what Arakan was all about and then the training started - he did not hold back. I learned more in that hour about self-defence than in all my previous martial arts encounters. That was 4 months ago. I have since then signed up for current private classes with Shea twice a week – if my schedule permitted it, I would have made it more – and although still very much a beginner I am much fitter and aware of my environment and surroundings. 

Shea trains his students in real life environments and real-life situations that the Arakan team creates, so that we must think and react outside of a classroom situation. Shea and the Arakan team doesn’t only teach you how to punch but also how to absorb your attackers’ punches or kicks. 

This Arakan course is incredibly well structured and to the point. Teaches complicated concepts in a simple way and helps you through the course “pain-free”. While you are being taught you(It Never Stops), listen and act, very little talking is allowed as you have to listen to your instructor and watch what he is showing you. This is a different learning style that I was used to, but it is a powerful means to make you actually learn. Shea and his colleagues have broken down the teaching in a logical way to help you stay on track. After each class, I am always wondering what we will be tackling in the next. 

Arakan Martial Art gives me everything I need to be confident that I can get out of a sticky situation, if I cannot walk away from it before it starts.

Fernando Ferreira


Arakan and Shea my instructor have been there for me at one of the most difficult times in my life. Shea has given me support to get through it and Arakan the resilience to do it. I am a better mother and person as I am calmer and more in control of my emotions and thus my behaviour. More precisely, I respond rather than react in situations. Shea has so much patience and encourages me throughout the lesson. I love the way he praises me when I finally get it.... His lessons are always fun with lots of explanations on how to do better. He is big on technique which is what I like too. I have lost weight and am on my way to get to my desired goal. I now have the best ever looking legs for a Senior lady and biceps too. I get a good cardio session and learn self defence with an instructor who loves his work. It is very infectious and I finish my session with a smile. Shea is so experienced at teaching that he knows when I have reached my limit. He pushes me as far as I can go and smiles. He makes me laugh because I know that he knows that that is how I will improve. He is helping me improve my fitness and Arakan technique. I am in awe of his passion for teaching and his love of Arakan. 

I have met other instructors who are fabulous and have the same passion. All the Arakan instructors are all lovely and friendly, This is a really good group to learn with.... fun, happy and professional. The club has wonderful people. I am so happy to have found Arakan and have Shea as my instructor. I look forward to my continuing learning Arakan with Shea. 

Irene Georgekakis


Shea Murray's Arakan lessons have changed my life for the better in so many ways and he is a phenomenal instructor. Although I only started several weeks ago, already I feel more confident in my own body to move efficiently and with control and good technique. 

Shea's lessons have helped me to work on maintaining my fitness discipline and although I'm quite a clumsy person in general, to have better control over my body. I love our lessons because we are always learning new and exciting movements while also honing in on what he has already taught me. There's never a dull moment with Shea and he always brings great energy, patience and kindness to every lesson. 

I started Arakan as I wanted to learn a form of self defence to aid me  if I ever got into a scary situation that I wouldn't be able to get out of or even just to feel a little more safe when I have to walk home from work late at night. Shea has definitely provided me with that level of confidence through his guided lessons and I am very motivated to continue learning Arakan both with him and in further group style lessons. 

I love his teaching style and how he takes my learning seriously and doesn't hold back. I have been to other martial art classes in Adelaide where I found they didn't take the ladies learning as seriously and I felt I wasn't being taught to reach my full potential there. That is definitely not the case with Shea and I absolutely love that about our lessons. You get back what you put in.

Furthermore, I feel motivated to try my best and take as much as I can out of his lessons because he'll match your learning pace. I always feel comfortable around Shea and he is a great listener too, making sure I understand any aspect of our lessons that I need more help with and listening to any other concerns I have. I look forward to continuing our lessons and can't recommend him enough if you're looking to learn a martial art that will help you out in the real world (but hopefully y world (but hopefully you'll never need to use it). 

Zahra Sadri



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I’m in Barcelona in Spain at the moment, and was walking back to my hotel at 2am about half an hour ago. It’s known as a city of pickpockets and thieves, but the area where I was seemed ok. As I turned a corner, quite a large guy (well bigger than me) in a hoody came up of out the subway and stood in front of me motioning at my leather jacket. I couldn’t understand what he was saying, but I got the general idea. He tried to grab at me a couple of times, then swung a punch. I bridged his punch with my left hand and stepped straight in and backfisted him directly to his jaw. Josh would have been proud! I know he didn’t understand a word but I actually said the completely badass words “I trained ten years to meet you, is that all you’ve got!” 
He stumbled back and took off running back into the subway. I was not even worried at the time, it was just like all the training but easier. I had no idea how automatic everything would be! My heart wasn’t even beating fast after, I was just annoyed. It wasn’t until I got back to the hotel just now that I realised what actually happened! 
Thank you. I got to keep my leather jacket and out of hospital. 

Steve Gregory


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