Aikido

Yoshinkai ACT

AYACT Instructors

AYACT Instructors

Aikido Yoshinkai ACT (AYACT) instructors are accredited as aikido instructors under the National Martial Arts Instructors Accreditation Scheme, administered by the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA).

The MAIA accreditation process:

  • Verifies the martial arts bona fides of an instructor
  • Ensures the instructor has a minimum training standard in Instructing Principles, Sports Psychology, Training Methods, Communication, and Legal Responsibilities.
  • Ensures an instructor has a minimum training standard in what constitutes safe practice in exercise
  • Ensures an instructor has a minimum training standard in what the instructor’s responsibilities are under Occupational Health and Safety
  • Ensures an instructor has a minimum training standard in what the instructor’s responsibilities are under the appropriate consumer protection legislation in the State in which they teach
  • Ensures an instructor has a minimum training standard in what the instructor’s responsibilities are in dealing with complaints involving sexual harassment and discrimination in the martial arts industry
  • Ensures the instructor has a minimum first aid qualification
  • Ensures that the consumer is dealing with an instructor who is bound by the National Code of Practice for Martial Arts Centres and Instructors
  • If you wish to check on the accreditation status of an instructor, the MAIA provides for free a National Accreditation Record Service that can be accessed by telephoning (02) 8116 9822

Our Code of Ethics:

  • Respect the rights and dignity of everyone. Treat everyone equally regardless of sex, background, race or religion
  • Ensure all members benefit and have a positive experience
  • Treat each member as an individual, develop their talent and help them obtain their goals
  • Be fair, considerate and honest with students
  • Be professional and accept responsibility for your actions. In language and manner, preparation and presentation. Display control, respect,dignity and professionalism to all. Encourage students to demonstrate the same qualities
  • Commit yourself to providing quality at all levels
  • Operate within the spirit of budo
  • Ensure physical contact is appropriate to the situation and necessary for student skill development
  • Refrain from any personal abuse or harassment towards students. Be alert to any forms of abuse directed to your students whilst in your care
  • Provide a safe training environment
  • Show caution and concern towards sick or injured students
  • Be a positive role model for society

Andrew Barnes and Tom Seeto at the beginning of their aikido journey receiving instructions from Inoue Kyoichi Sensei (10th degree black belt)

AYACT Instructor Profiles

Andrew Barnes – Nidan (2nd degree) black belt

  • Commenced training at Aikido Yoshinkai NSW in mid-2005.
  • Opened AYACT with Tom Seeto Sensei in May 2014.
  • Trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, karate, Krav Maga, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai and the classical Japanese martial arts of Iaijutsu (sword) and Jujutsu.
  • Lived in Canberra since late 2012 and works in the Australian Public Service.
  • Previously employed in the hospitality and security industries.

Tom Seeto Dojocho (dojo caretaker) – Nidan (2nd degree) black belt.                       Ph: 0477 689 448   From overseas: +61 477689448

  • Commenced training at Aikido Yoshinkai NSW in November 2005.
  • Opened AYACT with Andrew Barnes Sensei in May 2014.
  • Trained at Yoshinkai headquarters in Tokyo, and aikido dojo in Canada, Europe, Japan, Malaysia and USA.
  • Trained and/or attended seminars in karate, kendo, Wing Chun, hapkido and Target Focused Training.
  • Lived in Canberra since 1991.
  • Retired in 2012 to follow his passion in Yoshinkan Aikido.
  • Holds tertiary degrees in administration and OH&S.

Andrew Barnes Sensei demonstrating with Tom Seeto Sensei at Aikido Yoshinkai NSW’s 10th annual demonstration in June 2015 (© 2015 Peter Richardson).