Self-Defence for survivors of Domestic Violence

Self-Defence for survivors of Domestic Violence


Are you a survivor of domestic violence? Would you like to learn real, practical skills to defend and empower yourself and build your confidence?

The healing journey for women who have suffered at the hands of domestic violence can be rich in personal growth and development. It is an opportunity to become empowered and cultivate a sense of confidence, strength, and a realisation that you can change your life for the better.

At Arakan Martial Art® we focus on building both mental and physical strength, which not only shows women how they can defend themselves physically, but also empowers domestic violence survivors to create a new life that is safe and free of fear and abuse.

Self-Defence For Women

How could I ever defend myself against someone twice my size?

This is a common concern for many survivors of domestic violence. They have had their power and control taken from them, and a lot of the healing comes from bringing your body back under your own control.

With Arakan Martial Art® you do not need size or strength in order to effectively protect yourself or others. Instead you will learn to use your whole body in super-dynamic ways as your body and mind become more adaptable, flexible and agile.

Arakan Martial Art® instructors are passionate about helping women become more empowered and confident. We teach you fast, powerful, practical and adaptable self-defence techniques that will keep you and your loved ones safe. 

By developing a greater understanding of body weight, momentum and moving with the path of least resistance, you will learn to produce flowing movements that are precise, powerful, and speedy - a distinct advantage against an attacker who may be perceivably bigger and stronger than you.

In addition to giving you the physical tools to build your confidence, Arakan Martial Art® also encourages you to be in the moment as you increase situational and environmental awareness, as well as improve mental focus and concentration. 

At Arakan Martial Art® we understand that the damage of domestic violence can stretch much further than women, which is why we also offer training for children. 

Empower Your Children Too!

Many of the women who train with us also enrol their children as a way to empower them, and help them heal from the trauma of domestic violence.

At Arakan Martial Art® your child’s safety is our number one priority. Your child will learn and develop in a nurturing, positive, creative and fun environment. Our goal is to empower your child and ensure they are equipped with the skills and techniques to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Our experienced instructors teach your child how to adapt to many situations and environments, become dynamic, adaptable and capable of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others, but our training is more than just learning striking and kicking.

Children who have survived domestic violence, like women, have often had their power taken from them. Through Arakan Martial Art® training, we work to piece that back together with them.

Our training is about developing an unshakeable inner strength that can’t be taken away. Your child will develop discipline, gain greater focus, self-empowerment, self-awareness, as well as learn powerful self-protection techniques. All of these attributes will transition into greater areas of their life as they mature into adulthood.

Arakan Martial Art® specialises in private training lessons and specialised junior group classes, which we believe are the safest and fastest ways for your child to learn new skills, ‘street smarts’ and awareness. Private training lessons ensure your child will have the undivided attention of a fully qualified instructor to guide them on their journey, and can be the best approach for children who have survived a DV situation.

All instructors hold ‘Suitability Cards’ for child related employment (Blue Card). We offer a complimentary one hour private lesson to assess your child, their needs and create a program based on that assessment.

Member Story

7 years ago I found the courage to leave my 10 year mental, physical and emotional abusive relationship. So at almost 28 I found myself no longer a teenager but a woman, back at my mothers house beaten down with a broken soul and no idea of how to function as an adult.

6 years ago I moved to the Gold Coast for a fresh start.

5 years ago still traumatized from my past Arakan found me.
From my very first lesson I was hooked, it was exactly what I'd been searching for to rebuild myself mentally, spiritually and physically.

Little did I know at the time what it would actually do for my life. The amazing instructors pushed me to places sometimes (ok most of the time lol) I really didnt want to go or ever thought I could. Through much cursing, thousands of tears, sooo many frustrating moments and pushing myself to physical places my brain couldn't comprehend I could go.

The unexpected journey that Arakan has taken me on is beyond anything I ever imagined when I started, from the awesome seminars held through out the club which are absolutely amazing, to my own personal journey.

On the 29th of March I faced my hardest challenge, my first grading, my yellow belt grading.

In the months leading in I went through every emotion, pushed through barriers at the time didn't think I could get through and even visited some dark places I thought were gone.

On the day I was in the zone ready for the toughest fight of my life, after a physically and mentally exhausting hour being pushed harder than ever before and having to rely solely on myself I passed I stood on the other side with a sense of accomplishment I'd not really felt and a little disbelief that I had actually just done it.

What I've achieved and how far I've come in 5 years I'm super excited to see where the Arakan road takes me and where I'll be standing 5 years from now.

I'm being quite honest about my journey cause domestic violence isn't talked about enough and to show others that you can heal and rebuild a better life. Its a real privilege to be apart of such a positive culture and Arakan has changed my life beyond words.

My amazing instructor Pat has been there from the beginning and believed in me even at the times I didn't believe in myself for which I'll be forever grateful. So thank you to all involved in this amazing club :)

Ali Jones


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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...