Our Instructors

Arakan Martial Art® instructors are personally coached and mentored by Master Robert Kyaw (Ne Htoon Kyaw), who was born in Myanmar and raised learning the 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 adapted this ancient style to suit today’s urban environment. He worked on creating a fast and effective self-protection style that better suited the modern world in which we live, and just like that, Arakan Martial Art® was born.

After dedicating his life to teaching, Master Kyaw quickly outgrew the number of students he was personally able to teach, which is why he began coaching and mentoring an elite few students who showed special prowess. These students became Arakan Martial Art® instructors, and are now able to pass on the benefits of this powerful self-defence style to more students than Master Kyaw could have ever taught alone.

Strict Criteria and Requirements

We want to ensure all Arakan Martial Art® members receive the best possible training and instruction, which is why we impose and maintain extremely stringent criteria and benchmarks for being part of our teaching team.

Unfortunately there are some people in Australia claiming to teach Arakan Martial Art® who have never been recognised, or are no longer recognised, as legitimate Arakan Martial Art® Instructors.

Please contact us to ensure you receive the best possible version of Arakan Martial Art® training, delivered to you in a safe, positive and effective way, from a fully qualified and recognised Arakan instructor.

The journey to become a qualified Arakan Instructor!

Did you know 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 turn our passion into a full time profession.

Most of our instructors teach full-time, over 30 hours per week. The hours spent teaching Arakan Martial Art® makes us professionals at what we do. The more we teach and train, the more experience we gain, and ultimately the greater you will benefit from our knowledge and experience.

Arakan Martial Art® Instructors are students first and foremost. We are always growing and learning, and we take great pride and responsibility in the opportunity we have 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 far outweigh the years invested. Arakan instructors take pride in being of service to others, in having the privilege to impart their knowledge, make a positive impact, and be a part of someone else’s journey towards empowerment.

We have a number of instructors teaching across Australia. Simply click on your location below to see the various regions we are teaching in.

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


When I started Arakan, I was a stressed out, overweight businessman who was very unhealthy and was close to going on medication for high cholesterol. After 3 months of training I lost weight, was much fitter and doctors informed me I no longer needed to go on medication.
I have been training for over 3 years now and have literally gotten my life back. I am now fit, healthy and strong both mentally and physically. I feel 15 years younger and have found that I no longer feel stressed about anything in life. 
My relationships, work and all other aspects of my life have become much richer and successful and this is due to the unique and complete way Arakan instructors help you to grow stronger in mind and body. 
The instructors are personal, caring and extremely dedicated to helping you unlock your true potential.

Dave Mason

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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...