What is Arakan Martial Art?

What is Arakan Martial Art?


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.


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.

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.




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...


I've been training Arakan for just over three years in Brisbane and can highly recommend it. Starting in my 40's I was very reluctant to give it a go at first …. but looking back it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The club culture and instructors here in Brisbane are excellent and they will guide you on your own Arakan Journey. Although not widely know about, Arakan is highly suited to self-defense. There is almost something magical about the power, focus and confidence that you can conjure up as you experience and learn more about it.

Nigel Adams

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