What is Arakan Martial Art?


What is Arakan Martial Art?



ARAKAN MARTIAL ART FOR THE MODERN WORLD

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

Chief Instructor Robert Kyaw (Ne Htoon Kyaw) was born in Myanmar and raised learning this unique art. When he moved to Australia he began adapting the 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.

Robert has been training Arakan for most of his life and has been teaching since 1993, he is the first person to introduce Arakan to the western world from Myanmar, his passion for Arakan and teaching grows stronger every year.
 

WHAT IS ARAKAN MARTIAL ART ?

Arakan Martial Art is a unique and complete self defence system. Based on ancient martial arts techniques and concepts, Arakan Martial Art has been adapted to meet the self defence needs of modern urban environments and situations. 

Arakan Martial Art® is not, nor has ever been, a ‘ring’ or competition based style. The focus is on perfectly practical, no-nonsense and adaptable self-defence techniques. The very nature of a ‘real life situation’ can be chaotic, so there are no set rules or parameters in being able to defend yourself and your 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 will develop impenetrable defences and intricate footwork that allow you to dynamically flow around an opponent, giving you a huge advantage in a street situation.

Arakan Martial Art® is an incredibly powerful, effective and efficient martial art form that can be utilised in a huge range of situations. Whether it’s close quarters combat or in longer range scenarios, against one or multiple attackers, or even against street weapons. Practitioners become conditioned to develop lightning fast reflexes with the ability to strike and defend at 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.
 
WHAT DO ARAKAN MARTIAL ART® STUDENTS LEARN?

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

You will learn to move your body in dynamic ways by developing a greater understanding of body weight, momentum and how to move with a path of least resistance. 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. You will learn how to use your opponent’s size and energy against them, meaning you don’t have to be the biggest person in the room to protect yourself effectively.

During training, you will master a greater awareness of how every course of action has a reaction, and how this relates to a self-defence situation as well as your life journey. When you are fully immersed in your training you will begin to see amazing results that transpose into all areas of your life.

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

 

 

THE CREATOR OF ARAKAN MARTIAL ART®

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 from a young age by a close family member. 

In 1993, at the age of 22, Robert started teaching his closest friends his form of Thaing, which he had adapted to better suit today’s urban environment. This was the beginning of Arakan Martial Art®.

It was at this time that Robert was offered several career opportunities after having just graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. A corporate career however, 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. Fast forward to today and Robert has now been training martial arts for over 40 years, and teaching Arakan since 1993. 

Robert is both 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. He loves mountain biking, snowboarding, going to the beach, training at the gym, reading and meditating. Spiritual growth and self- awareness are very high value to Robert.

Master Kyaw considers teaching a true privilege; he believes his calling in life is to be of service to people, by helping them towards greater levels of empowerment through sharing his knowledge of Arakan Martial Art®. 

Hear from some of the people Rob has trained over the years...

 



My son Deklan is a naturally kind and gentle boy, who as an only child has never had to endure the competition and ruff and tumble of other siblings. Reading how daunting and challenging schools can be these days I was very keen to get him involved in self defense but wasn’t sure what was going to be the best fit for him.

In a chance encounter at a community fate we saw the Arakan stand and after talking to the guys I was really impressed with how friendly the team was and how passionate they were to get Deklan into his first lesson. And here is the part that grabbed me the most, the training is done outdoors in parks and school grounds while wearing shirts and shorts and everyday shoes, now that’s real life training. We booked in straight away for our complimentary lesson and Deklan couldn’t wait to get started.

On the day of his first lesson Deklan was quite nervous but Ryan his instructor made him feel completely relaxed and the lesson was a great mix of training and learning through fun games. At the end of the lesson Deklan ran straight up to me and asked if he could do more training tomorrow and the next day, which was a sure sign he loved it. He has now been training for over 3 years and as much as Arakan is about learning self defense and getting fit I have seen Deklan grow in confidence, co-ordination, self respect and self belief. 

Deklan now jumps at every opportunity to do extra lessons and group training and he totally loves going to school holiday training days and he wears his Arakan uniform with absolute pride.

I can honestly say I have been totally impressed with how Arakan has taught him practical, useable skills in real life environments and we look forward to many more years involvement with the Arakan family.

 

Mark Sculley



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