What is Arakan Martial Art?

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What is Arakan Martial Art?

Arakan Martial Art® is a derivative of a traditional martial art ‘Burmese Thaing’. This ancient form was one of the few arts practised by tribes in the Arakan region of Myanmar (formerly Burma), for generations. 

Chief Instructor Robert Kyaw (Ne Htoon Kyaw) born in Myanmar, was raised learning this unique art. Since moving to Australia he adapted the style to suit the modern world in which we live in. Arakan Martial Art® was born and is a fast and effective self-protection style suited for our urban environment. 

Arakan Martial Art® is not, nor has ever been, a ‘ring’ or competition based style. Our focus is on perfectly practical and adaptable self-defence techniques. The very nature of a ‘real life situation’ can be very chaotic in nature, so there are no set rules or parameters in a being able to defend yourself and loved ones. 

Arakan Martial Art® utilises your whole body as a weapon; from elbows to knees, open palms, edge hands, closed fists, locks, deflections, traps, blocks, bridges, kicks, forearms, your head – the list goes on!  With consistent training, you  can develop impenetrable defences; deflections, blocks, traps, intercepting hands, bridges and intricate footwork that allows you to dynamically flow around an opponent. This makes you incredibly adaptable and is a huge advantage in a ‘street situation’. 

Arakan Martial Art® is incredibly powerful, effective and efficient in any range, in various situations. Whether it is close quarters combat or in longer range scenarios, against one or multiple attackers and even against street weapons. Practitioners become conditioned to develop lighting fast reflexes with the ability to strike and defend in any distance and from various angles.

This journey is designed to challenge you, motivate you, inspire you and bring out the very best in you. 

Once you begin your journey, you will learn to tap into energy reservoirs you didn’t know existed and learn to command your body in ways you never thought imaginable. 

Through dedication and commitment to your training, you will learn to strike and defend in any distance and from various angles and gain an advanced understanding of energy slings and circuits to produce your movements with precision, speed, power and flow.

When you are fully immersed in your training you will begin to see amazing results and this transposes into other areas of your life.

During training, you will learn a greater awareness of how every course of action has a reaction and how this relates to a self-defence situation and throughout our life journey. 

We believe that Arakan Martial Art® better equips you to deal with challenges that you will face along your life journey, giving you greater confidence, empowerment, focus, awareness whilst improving your health and well-being.

Get started on your journey today!


Chief Instructor Robert Kyaw

Master Robert Kyaw

 Robert (Ne Htoon) Kyaw was born in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and was taught a form of Thaing by a close family member from a young age. 

In 1993, at the age of 22, Robert started teaching his closest friends his form of Thaing and so Arakan Martial Art® was born. 

At that time, Robert had graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and was offered several career opportunities but a corporate career was never Robert’s dream, so he continued to spend his time teaching martial arts to his closest friends and working several part-time jobs. 

His passion and dedication to Arakan Martial Art® was infectious and he began to attract more and more students. Robert has now been training martial arts for over 40 years and teaching Arakan since 1993. Robert has adapted his traditional art to suit our modern lifestyle and requirements. 

Robert is a dedicated husband and father. When Robert is not training Arakan, you will find him teaching Arakan to the next generation, his sons, or spending time with his family, mountain biking, snowboarding, at the beach, training at the gym, reading and meditating. Spiritual growth and self- awareness are high on Robert’s hierarchy of values. 

Master Kyaw considers teaching a true privilege; he believes that his calling in life is to be of service to people through sharing Arakan Martial Art®. 

We believe it is an honour and a privilege to share Arakan Martial Art® with you and to help you on your journey towards greater levels of empowerment.

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I thought men’s fitness was simply cardio and strength, but in my late 30’s I realised the mind was equally important. My body was semi-fit but my mind was unchallenged thus making my entire body fatigued. Looking for fitness, with a purpose, I was introduced to a Burmese martial arts called Arakan. This practical and adaptable martial arts focuses on self-defence and promotes fitness and health. Three years on, my body and mind are physically and mentally stronger. For me, the money spent on Arakan has been an investment in my health. Arakan’s mantra is Power/Focus/Confidence. Instructors taught me Power comes within, Focus comes from a strong mind and commitment, and Confidence comes from overcoming struggle because only then do we feel success. Men’s health definitely requires a physical presence but more importantly a strong mind. Everything stems from our mind, whether it be our words, actions, reactions or beliefs. I will always be grateful for the culture AMA promotes with people’s health

Shane Grubb

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