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® 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 one’s 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, one can develop impenetrable defences; deflections, blocks, traps, intercepting hands, bridges and intricate footwork that allows you to dynamically flow around an opponent. This makes one incredibly adaptable and a huge advantage in a ‘street situation’.
Practitioners learn to move their body in very dynamic ways, by developing a greater understanding of body weight, momentum and moving with the path of least resistance. One begins to develop an advanced understanding of energy slings and circuits to produce movements with precision, speed, power and flow. One learns to use their opponent’s size and energy against themselves; meaning you don’t have to be the biggest person in the room to protect yourself effectively.
One’s own self awareness and situational awareness heightens, often seeing a potential situation before it escalates and then being able to diffuse or divert prior to the situation becoming an incident.
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.
Arakan Martial Art® is incredibly rich in terms of how one can respond in any situation. Everyone has the right to feel safe and have the ability to protect themselves and loved ones. Through training Arakan Martial Art® one gains greater levels of self-confidence, empowerment, focus and awareness.
Our focus at Arakan Martial Art® is on fast and effective self-defence techniques to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.
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 move your body in very dynamic ways, tap into energy reservoirs you didn’t know existed and learn to command your body in ways you never thought imaginable.
You will learn to have greater control over your body, become physically fitter, stronger and more agile. By having a greater control over your body, you will be better able to take control over your opponent. You will be able to effectively use your opponent’s size and energy against themselves; meaning you do not need size or strength to protect yourself effectively.
By developing a greater understanding of body weight, momentum and moving with the path of least resistance, you will learn an advanced understanding of energy slings and circuits to produce your movements with precision, speed, power and flow.
Through dedication and commitment to your training, you will learn to strike and defend in any distance and from various angles. You will learn to use your whole body as a weapon; from elbows to knees, open palms, edge hands, closed fists, locks, deflections, traps, blocks, bridges, kicks, forearms, head – the list goes on; you will learn to protect yourself and loved ones, fast and efficiently.
Our goal for you to achieve through training Arakan Martial Art® is some of the following:
- learn practical and effective self-defence skills,
- learn skills and techniques to ensure your safety and wellbeing,
- increase and self-awareness,
- increase situational awareness,
- become highly adaptable in a ‘street’ situation,
- learn to defend yourself against multiple attackers,
- learn skills to remain calm in heightened situations,
- learn to diffuse and divert a potential situation,
- defence against weapons,
- appropriate use of force; when to strike and when not to strike,
- learn to take full responsibility for your actions,
- improve mental focus and concentration,
- gain a greater understanding of body mechanics,
- improve coordination,
- increase health and fitness, and
- begin you on your journey towards empowerment, confidence, empowerment, focus and awareness.
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 your 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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