Our Instructors

What Sets Arakan Martial Art Instructors Apart From The Rest?

Put simply, Arakan Martial Art instructors live and breathe this art. They complete years (as long as it takes to get a university degree!) of near daily training to qualify as an instructor, but it doesn’t stop there. Let us break down some of the special requirements that each and every one of our qualified instructors has mastered, including our exclusive and comprehensive Instructor Development Program.

They Are Students First

All Arakan Martial Art Instructors begin their journey as students with no intention of becoming an Instructor. It is only the extremely committed, talented, fit, reliable students who demonstrate an ability to lead by example in every way that get the opportunity to step up into our Instructor Development Program.

Years Of Dedicated Training

Most students who are offered the opportunity to step up and train to become an instructor are already training six times per week, and have been doing so for at least three years or more. The best candidates are carefully selected and placed in the Instructor Development Program where they continue to train six times per week, often on top of their full time jobs. Suffice to say that only the most committed and dedicated students succeed in becoming qualified instructors.

Exclusive Development Program

The Development Program involves learning to be better communicators, leaders and motivators. Students in the program learn about everything from the greater meanings of life through to answering their phones correctly. Most students are part of the program for approximately two years.

During that time they read self-development books, listen to motivational and inspirational speakers, and see professional therapists to ensure they have a balanced and holistic outlook on life. Students continue to learn about the human body, spirituality, meditation, the art of teaching and much more.

The training however, does not stop there.

Real-World Experience

During this training program, students ‘ghost’ an established instructor for a minimum of one hundred hours in unpaid time to learn more about how to teach. They then give a minimum of 100 hours of complementary lessons to further develop their skills. After this a Government Blue Card is secured, along with a current First Aid Certificate and professional insurance.

If they get through this comprehensive and dedicated process, they are given the go ahead to become an Arakan Instructor.

Ongoing Training And Development

Once a student becomes a qualified instructor the work does not stop there. To maintain this title, all instructors must continue to train at least six times a week as a student to continue to grow in the art. There is also strict criteria for those wanting to progress to the next instructor level.

Among the many milestones that need to be achieved, instructors must have taught a minimum of 3000 hours before being considered for the title of Senior Instructor.

It is a long road to become an instructor, and requires additional dedication and commitment to progress further. All of the Arakan Martial Art Instructors will agree though, that the reward of helping people become more empowered, makes the journey truly worthwhile.


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After an unfortunate turn of events earlier in the year, all 3 of my kids now have self defence lessons every week. 

Today their Instructor 'pushed a button' and one of my kids started to break down, emotionally.

Their Instructor immediately stopped, walked over and put his arm around them, told them to let it all out and stood with them with his arm around them as they cried. He then used a circuit breaker activity to move on from it and was beautifully gentle for the rest of the lesson. 

Afterward they *child* told me that they felt a bit embarrassed for crying but their Instructor had made them feel safe in doing so and that they believed they would be safe to continue to release the emotional pressure caused earlier this year, with their Instructor. 

What a genuine and strong second male role model for my kids, other than their father. Money can't even buy that kind of authenticity. 


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