Arakan Martial Art Instructor Profiles

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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.

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Arakan Martial Art® seminars, self-defence classes and personal training private lessons are available in a large number of areas around Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Northern Rivers NSW and Perth


I started training in Arakan Martial Art initially for fitness and for fun (as I was becoming quite bored with the gym) but this has expanded beyond my wildest dreams. I feel very confident when I am by myself as the self defence training that Arakan provides is easy to learn, very practical and very realistic.

Ashleigh Gerathy

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Mental Wellbeing and Support During the Global Pandemic

As global citizens, we have all been adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This might just be to our day-to-day socio-occupational routines and training regimes but most likely than not, it has affected our sense of security and certainty about the future to some extent. For some, it can be hard not to worry what the Pandemic and its socio-economic impacts can mean for ourselves, our families, friends and communities. READ MORE

Important notice regarding COVID-19

During this time of uncertainty, we would like to reassure all our current and future members that we are still providing Arakan Martial Art Training as usual. 
Your health and wellbeing are important to us and not only does staying active help to boost your immunity (important in fighting illnesses and viruses) but by training Arakan Martial Art you also learn practical and essential self defence techniques. 

At Arakan Martial Art, we specialise in Private Lessons which are conducted outside in the fresh air and are still allowed under government restrictions. Alternatively, if you would like to train but are unable to do so in person, we also have the option of online video lessons via Skype or other video streaming platforms.  READ MORE