Arakan Martial Art Instructor Profiles

Arakan Martial Art® was created for the ‘real world’. 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®.

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.

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.

When we do become Instructors, most of us teach around 30 x lessons per week. That’s 30 x lessons times 50 x weeks per year (assuming they take 2 weeks off) equals = 1,500 x lessons per year! That’s usually in their first year of teaching and they longer they teach, the more experience they will have in teaching all people of different ages, various skills and fitness levels. For example, if you average 1,500 x lessons per year and times by 4 x years and that equates to 6,000 x hours of teaching Arakan Martial Art®. The longer they are teaching, the more proficient they become, which means you get the very best Instructor for your individual needs.

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

The hours we spend teaching Arakan Martial Art® makes us professionals at what we do. We are constantly honing our craft as martial artists as well as teachers. 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 always growing and learning, most train every day. We love what we do and we feel it is a privilege and honour to teach Arakan Martial Art® to our students. We take great pride and responsibility that we get to impart our knowledge of Arakan Martial Art® to our members.

Our Instructors are students first and foremost and also undergoing their own Arakan Martial Art® journey. We are constantly learning. Many of our Instructors begin their journey purely as a student. They are committed, talented, fit students and lead by example. Candidates for potential Instructors are carefully selected and then invited into the Potential Instructor Development Program. Their training intensifies participating in the program, all whilst working in their regular full-time employment.

All Arakan Martial Art® Instructors are passionate about helping our members achieve their goals. By participating in the Arakan Martial Art® Potential Instructor Development Program, our goal is to empower candidates to develop a life of being of service to others, build self-confidence, discipline, increase fitness and health, along with enabling them to live an extraordinary life and imparting this knowledge on to our members.

During the intensive program and once they have shown their potential, candidates begin their internship and are invited to join other established Instructors to ‘track’ or ‘shadow’ students lessons. This ‘work experience’ helps to further develop their skills, learning from established Instructors how to teach students of all levels, shapes and sizes and various learning modalities. After a required number of hours have been achieved, these candidates then have the opportunity to ‘teach’ complimentary lessons so that they can get ‘hands-on’ experience.

If the candidate gets through this comprehensive and dedicated process, they are given the go ahead to secure the relevant insurances and Government legislative requirements and become an Arakan Martial Art® Instructor. There are no time constraints with this process. It depends on the dedication and ability of each individual potential Instructor. This process ensures that by the time they become a qualified Arakan Martial Art® Instructor, they have already undergone an extensive process and you receive the best Instructor to help you achieve your goals.

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 a region below to view the instructors in your region.



I originally started training in Arakan Martial Art as a form of self defence when there was a rise in attacks on women on the Gold Coast. 
Being a small lady (all of 45kg), I knew that I would be an easy target for uncomfortable or life threatening attacks so I decided to take action and learn a form of martial art / self defence.
It has not been a year yet in my Arakan journey, but looking back I have never regretted the choice I made to learn this life changing skill. An added bonus is also becoming fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been before. I am much fitter physically and mentally than I could ever be, and this is just the start (still an Arakan baby), looking at life in a more positive way.

I highly recommend all women to learn self defence. From a woman’s point of view, it is a rewarding and empowering feeling to be able to be in control and take control of an uncomfortable or life threatening situation through the skill of martial arts / self defence

Saroeun Grantham

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