Arakan Martial Art supporting the local community

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Supporting the Community

At Arakan Martial Art® we are extremely passionate about giving back to the community, which is why we’ve made a conscious effort to always support and aid those in our local community as well as overseas.

To date, we have sponsored over 22 children through World Vision, given generously to charities including The Domestic Violence Centre, Dreamworkers, Orangutans in Indonesia, the R.S.P.C.A, Guide Dogs Queensland, White Ribbon Foundation, as well as raised over $32,000 to aid the children of Burma after cyclone Nargis in 2008.

In 2014 Arakan Martial Art® began raising funds to build and run an orphanage and education facility in a remote area of Central Myanmar. Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends we successfully created one fully operational building that houses 92 children, and are currently working on a second.

As our club continues to grow, so does our involvement with valuable community projects that help those in need.


Arakan Martial Art currently sponsors over 40 children through World Vision Australia

Arakan Martial Art sponsors over 22 children



Arakan Martial Art prides itself on making regular donations to a variety of organisations. Our current and previous charitable support includes World Vision, China Bear Rescue, World Youth International, Heart Foundation, SLSA, SIDS Kids, YOORALLA, Guide Dogs, Ronald McDonald House, Cystic Fibrosis, Rotary Foundation, Wild Care Australia, Children Cancer Support, Leukaemia Foundation, Animals Asia Foundation, RSPCA, Young Care, Mater Children’s Hospital, Childhood Cancer Support Inc., Australian Orang-utan Project and The Starlight Foundation.

Arakan Martial Art also gives back to the community in a number of ways, including education programs at schools, as well as a number of free mens and womens self defence workshops.



In the past, Arakan Martial Art has also held several community education programs including education week at Robina Primary School as well as a number of free men’s and women’s self defence workshops.



Save the Children Appeal | June 15, 2008 

On May 6th 2008, Cyclone Nargis hit Burma with a reported 200,000 lives lost. A month later Arakan Martial Art® held the ‘Burma Relief Appeal’ in Broadbeach and raised over $32,000 that was handed over to Save the Children Australia.


White Ribbon Fundraiser | July 13th 2013
Arakan Martial Art® raised $9,125 for the White Ribbon Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Australia's only national, male-led, primary prevention campaign to end men’s violence against women.


Myanmar Orphanage

Since 2015, Arakan Martial Art® have sponsored and built two orphanages in Myanmar, with approximately 90 children in each orphanage. We continue to support these orphanages as well as other disadvantaged children centres in Myanmar, as we help to improve the education and living conditions of the children. These are projects very close to our hearts.

2015 / 2016 
Orphanage and Monastery Education Centre Shwe Pyi Thar Township, Yangone Division
During this year we provided materials and construction for a school building, sleeping quarters and the construction of a brick fence and gate. This provided shelter and schooling for over 89 students.

We provided a monastery education centre and primary school for over 100 students in the Twelve Miles Region, Bago Division.


Hle Gu Region, Yangon Division
Clothing, as well as various vitamins and medications were provided by us to over 50 children in the Hle Gu Monastery Education Centre.

Mohnyin Township, Kachin State
We were able to provide clothing, stationery (such as exercise books, pens, pencils etc) along with vitamins and medications to 190 children in the Mohnyin Monastery.

Education Centre - Myanmar Imannuel Christian Mission for Orphans and Disadvantaged Children.
At this centre we were able to provide clothing, floor covering and bedding along with essential sanitary items such as soap, toothpaste etc, for approximately 62 children. We also provided proper nutrition and lunch for approximately 60 children.

Mandalay, Upper Myanmar
A 6 month old baby presented at this centre after being born with no eyes, and instead had a large lump formed over where the child’s eye would have been. This large mass was growing rapidly on a weekly basis. We were able to ensure an operation was performed to remove the large growth, potentially saving the child’s life. 



“Success… is being able to wake up each and every morning knowing that you’re living your dream, being positively abundant in all areas of your life, knowing that your legacy is one of joy and contribution.”
Chief Instructor Robert Kyaw


I started training Arakan approximately 6 years ago, only really because my son had just started training and I thought it would be good to have something in common, as well as a fun way to keep fit.  I wasn’t particularly concerned about self-defense because I had never really felt the need for it, and in the beginning I was probably more concerned about improving my fitness-test results than learning how to protect myself.
However it wasn’t too long after this that our house was broken into one night, whilst my family and I were all asleep in our bedrooms. It wasn’t until the morning that we realized what had happened, and that all of us had slept through the whole thing.  Thankfully there was no harm done and only a bit of money stolen, but the next morning I can remember thinking how lucky I was that I slept through and didn’t wake up and have to confront the burglar - because I wouldn’t have had a clue what to do or how to handle myself, let alone protect my family…..and that’s when my attitude towards training changed.
Now, after many years of private and group lessons, some advanced weapons training, a few home invasion seminars and 3 other family members that train Arakan – look out if you ever try to break into our house!

Aaron McBain

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