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
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.