Student Since: 2009
Instructor Since: 2012
Biggest Arakan Achievement:
Being awarded Instructor of the year of 2016
Seeing my students Jack Germain and Mohamed Aly start teaching
Interests outside of Arakan:
Playing Drums and seeing live bands
Comments from Instructor:
Training Arakan Martial Art continues to be, my most rewarding and challenging journey. Chief Instructor Rob, fellow Instructors and the Art, have pushed me to grow in ways I never thought was possible and I'm always grateful for the lessons.
I have been training with Tom Wilson since February 2017. I came across Arakan by chance and haven't looked back since.
I train one on one with Tom on a weekly basis, I can't speak highly enough of his professionalism and knowledge. Tom is not only a great instructor, he has an undeniable passion for what he is teaching.
I have learnt so much more than expected since starting Arakan, I have increased my functional fitness, gained the confidence to defend myself if required and an added confidence that has been most noticeable in my day to day life. I highly recommend Arakan to anyone, of any age and I am very proud to say that Tom Wilson is my instructor.
I started training Arakan with Tom nearly two years ago now. Thanks to his teaching and guidance my life has changed immensely. I have since lost over 30kg of weight and gained several life skills. His teaching has trained me more than just self defence which I will forever be grateful for. Being a student of Tom’s is something I couldn’t recommend enough. He has tailored my training to suit my size and any limitations my body was going through. Even on an off day he still brings out my best. He is a smart and very motivational teacher who is an asset to the art.
My lessons with Tom have been a staple of my week for over 2 years now. It's hard to picture a week without my lessons with him.
When I started training, I was out of breath halfway through my warm up run! After a lot of effort and practice, I'm now much fitter. It was Tom that pushed me further than I would have would have managed on my own, but I also trust him to look after me when I need it.
Tom teaching is very responsive to my needs, and he often adapts his original plans when he sees me struggle with something, or I ask to work something further. I always leave our lessons with something to work on, and lots to think about.
Not only has he been a valued teacher, but I also consider him a good friend.
I started Arakan 4 years ago. What a brilliant journey I have had. My primary instructor Tom Wilson continues to be a massive influence on my life and he has been absolutely pivotal in building my self confidence and preparing me for the unlimited possibilities in life around protecting myself. I feel much safer. Tom has been there the whole time for me. He cares and he has a strong sense of duty to make my life safer, and as a result much, much improved. Self sufficiency and mental happiness is key to my life and Arakan (through Tom) goes a long way in making this happen. For me, joining Arakan and meeting Tom has not only resulted in huge mental and physical improvements for me, but it is also one of my greatest decisions. I very strongly recommend others to give Tom and Arakan a go. Thanks for helping me Tom and I very much look forward to this future.