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Master Robert Kyaw (Ne Htoon Kyaw) was born in Myanmar and was raised learning a traditional Burmese martial art ‘Thaing’. This ancient form was one of the few arts practised for generations by tribes in the Western region of Myanmar (formerly Burma).

Over his lifetime, Master Kyaw has adapted this ancient style to suit today’s modern, urban environment and created a fast and effective self-protection style suited for the modern world in which we live in. Arakan Martial Art® was born.

After dedicating his life towards teaching, Master Kyaw fast outgrew the number of students he was personally able to teach and started coaching and mentoring an elite few students who showed special prowess to become Instructors; who would then be able to teach Arakan Martial Art®.

Over the past 25 years (since Arakan Martial Art was established in Australia), Chief Instructor Robert Kyaw has trained thousands of students, always wholeheartedly. Some of these students have become qualified Instructors, and then in time some of these instructors have left us and moved on in their lives to other adventures. We wish all of them well in their own journeys through life.

Please be aware that there are some people in Australia claiming to teach Arakan Martial Art who have never been recognised by us and /or are no longer recognised by us as legitimate Arakan Martial Art Instructors. We maintain extremely strict criteria and bench marks for being part of our teaching team as we want only the very best instruction for our members.

As a student, please contact us to be sure that you are indeed training with a recognised, fully qualified Arakan Instructor so that you may receive the best possible version of Arakan Martial Art in a safe, positive and effective way.

The journey to become a qualified Arakan Instructor!

Did you know that it takes just as long to become an Arakan Martial Art® Instructor as it does to get a university degree! On average, it takes over 5 years to become a qualified Arakan Martial Art® Instructor.

We all feel very grateful to be able to turn our passion into a full time profession.

Most of our Instructors teach full-time, over 30 hours per week. The hours we spend teaching Arakan Martial Art® makes us professionals at what we do. The more we teach and train, the more experience we gain which means you greatly benefit from our knowledge and experience.

Arakan Martial Art® Instructors are students first and foremost and are always growing and learning and we take great pride and responsibility that we get to impart our knowledge of Arakan Martial Art® to our members..We love what we do and believe it is a privilege and honour to teach Arakan Martial Art®.

It’s a long road to become an Arakan Martial Art® Instructor however the rewards of being of service to others, making a positive impact in their lives and having the privilege to impart this knowledge and be a part of others journey towards empowerment, far outweigh the years invested.

We have a number of Instructors teaching across Australia. Click on your location below and see the various regions we are teaching in.

Want to learn more on how to become an Arakan Martial Art® Instructor? Click here


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

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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...