Meet Our Instructors

Our Instructors at A.I.M. Academy are lifetime martial artists who live and breathe martial arts.

They will freely share their knowledge and expertise with you, help you improve your skills, as well as coach and mentor you through your martial arts journey.

A.I.M. Academy Instructors Are Fully Qualified & Insured

A.I.M. Academy Instructors are:

  • Government Accredited by the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA), the peak industry body for martial arts in Australia
  • Working With Children Checked
  • First Aid Certified
  • Insured for Public & Products Liability and Professional Indemnity


Our Instructors

Founder & Head Instructor:

Robert M. Halaijian

General Manager & Senior Instructor:

Kacey Chong


Zheng Chong

Fam Chong

Apprentice and Assistant Instructors:

Jay Okey

Gil Castillo

Mark Turnley

Graham Oates

Hershey Oates

Veronica Hall

Daniel Whyte

Jen Pascoe

Mitchell North

Minnie Ta

Lucy Gransbury

Beor Ong

About M.A.I.A. Government Accreditation


Our Instructors are experienced and fully qualified, and committed to helping our Members develop into well-rounded Martial Artists, confident individuals, and most importantly, contributing, responsible members of the community.

We provide high-quality instruction in a safe environment, and aim to cater to your goals and needs, whether they relate to health and fitness, competition, self-defense or self-development.

In keeping with the highest standards of Martial Arts qualifications, all A.I.M. Academy Instructors have attended the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) Accreditation Course, and are either accredited by the MAIA or are currently undergoing accreditation.

The MAIA is the peak industry body for Martial Arts in Australia, and the MAIA National Martial Arts Instructor Accreditation Scheme (NMAS) is a government-recognised accreditation scheme (like the NCAS accreditation).

MAIA Accredited Instructors have completed the Martial Arts Unit of Competency as certified by RABQSA (under International Standard ISO 17024 by the Joint Accreditation Scheme Australia and New Zealand), and must comply with the requirements, standards and conditions set by the MAIA.

As MAIA Accredited Martial Arts Instructors, A.I.M. Academy Instructors are bound by the MAIA National Code of Practice for Martial Arts Instructors and the MAIA Risk Management Policy, and are also insured by Lloyd’s of London for Public and Products Liability ($20 million) and Professional Indemnity ($5 million).