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 technique, 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 also:
- 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
Founder & Head Instructor:
Robert M. Halaijian (Footscray, Clayton)
General Manager & Senior Instructor:
Kacey Chong (Footscray, Clayton)
Zheng Chong (Clayton)
Fam Chong (Footscray, Clayton)
Apprentice and Assistant Instructors:
Jay Okey (Footscray)
Gil Castillo (Footscray)
Mark Turnley (Footscray, Clayton)
Graham Oates (Footscray, Clayton)
Hershey Oates (Footscray)
Veronica Hall (Footscray, Clayton)
Daniel Whyte (Footscray, Clayton)
Jen Pascoe (Footscray, Clayton)
Mitchell North (Footscray, Clayton)
Minnie Ta (Footscray)
Lucy Gransbury (Footscray)
Beor Ong (Clayton)
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).