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Our Instructors

Zen Chi Ryu Instructors are highly experienced and all have a minimum of a Certificate 111 in Sports Coaching, have current Working with Children Checks as well as currents First Aid Certificates.

There is a Junior Instructor Program – where young Black Belt students under the age of 18 years of age are mentored to develop into strong, capable sports coaches.


General Information

Full Instructor List

  • Tim Reilly 7th Dan Shihan
  • Claire Baker 5th Dan Shihan
  • Debbie Swanson 4th Dan Shihan
  • Tony Page 3rd Dan Renshi
  • Richard Kinny 3rd Dan Renshi
  • Peter Attard 3rd Dan Renshi
  • Joseph Hughes 3rd Dan Renshi
  • Kate Sutherland 3rd Dan Renshi
  • Victoria Gene 2nd Dan Sensei
  • Nicholas Swanson 2nd Dan Sensei
  • Dana Braun 2nd Dan Sensei
  • Troy Kinny 2nd Dan Sensei
  • Scott Black 2nd Dan Sensei
  • Liam Kinny 1st Dan Sempai
  • Patrick Donovan 1st Dan Sempai
  • Shannan Griffiths Shodan Ho
  • Alan Bell Shodan Ho
  • Emma Bell Shodan Ho

Instructor Qualifications

At the Dojo, always refer to the Instructor by his/her title according to the hierarchy of ZEN CHI RYU Self defence: Shihan (4th dan and above); Renshi (3rd dan); Sensei (2nd dan); or Sempai (1st dan). If in doubt, use the general title of respect: Sensei.

1. All unsupervised Instructors must hold current accreditation under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), or the National Martial Arts Instructor Accreditation Scheme (NIAS).

2. All Instructors are bound by the “Instructors’ Code of Ethics” of the Martial Arts Industry Association.

3. All unsupervised Instructors must have current WorkCover-approved Senior First Aid certification.

4. All unsupervised Instructors must have in place appropriate public liability and professional indemnity insurance in respect of their Dojo, special training program, tournament or public demonstration.

5. All Instructors will be bound by this Code of Conduct and the National Code of Practice for Martial Arts Instructors.


Safety Policy

1. Instructors will ensure that the training area is clear of any dangerous and/or sharp objects that may provide a risk of injury.

2. Instructors will have access at all times to a fully equipped first aid kit.

3. Persons participating in training must not wear watches, ear-rings, or other jewellery. Jewellery may cause injury to the wearer or other students. The only exception to this rule is a plain-band wedding ring.

4. All persons participating in training agree to maintain self-control at all times and maintain all care in the application of any technique.

5. Any person who, during training, exhibits behaviour that, in the judgement of the Instructor, is a danger to other participants shall not be allowed to continue training until the Instructor determines the danger is no longer present. Further, all practitioners should note that verbal and /or physical aggression or assaultive behaviour will not be tolerated outside of a bona-fide self-defence simulation exercise, and will result in legal action being taken against the offender.

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