Xavier Corless - Arakan Martial Art Instructor

Xavier Corless

Senior Instructor

Xavier, affectionately known as X, began training Arakan over 2 decades ago in 2000. He was inspired by the ‘street self defence’ style of Arakan, how adaptable it is and that he could defend himself and loved ones.

Arakan has helped transform X’s life for the better and he is a passionate Instructor and loves teaching his students to learn how to protect themselves in potential ‘real life’ situations. X’s knowledge and experience enables him to teach everyone and anyone, of any age. He is very patient and encouraging as he helps his students overcome their obstacles, to feel better about themselves and become more confident and empowered.

X is grateful to have made a career from teaching something he is so passionate about. Outside of Arakan, X enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and all things cars.

Student Testimonials

Arakan has been amazing for developing my son's physical skills and coordination. He has been working with X for over 2 years. X is an amazing instructor and an amazing role model and mentor for my son, not only in martial arts but in life too! X, I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for Lochie

Sondra, mother of Lochlan O'Connor

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A very good friend of mine held a party for his 17 year old son and my wife and I offered to help out with the general party stuff. All was well up until 9:45. A group of uninvited teenagers (party crashers) approached the front gate and despite of being told several times that the party was closed and that they would not be let in, the group got louder and started to climb on neighbouring fences. 
I started to get surrounded by 5 or 6 of them holding open cans and bottles yelling abuse, my adrenalin started rising and I started to pick out my targets (just in case). Then it happened, a push…it was immediately answered by a back fist (guy in front of me), slight turn to the left and followed by a straight palm (guy to my left), it connected quite well and caused a bit of a domino effect. The rest of the group cleared out quickly and started to throw cans and bottles at us; luckily no one was hurt. Eventually the police arrived and scanned the area for those who started this mess.  

Oliver Ihle


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...