Ivan Zavetchanos is a 9th Dan in Judo Ivan Zavetchanos is a well know identity in the world of martial arts in Australia and international. As Secretary General to the World Judo Federation, it is clear the influence he has created over his many years of martial arts promotion. Judo is one of the world’s most wide spread and practiced martial arts, with reputedly more than 8 million students, (The Ultimate Book of Martial Arts, 2001. F. Goodman pg 132). Although now having reached the pinnacle of sporting status- being played at Olympic Games level, it is vital to remember that it’s originator, Jigoro Kano, “envisaged judo as the development of a lifetime art, as opposed to a sport” (U.B.M.A., 2001. F. Goodman pg 130), feeling that it was more a personal art, to train the mind and body. The surfacing of Judo in Australia, especially after the Second World War, coincided with judo’s worldwide appeal. Since its initial stages, Judo has seen a great deal of development in Australia, primarily due to the endless efforts and propagation by key figures such as Sensei Ivan Zavetchanos. Hanshi Ivan Zavetchanos is also responsible for the introduction and promotion of other martial art systems in Australia. In the mid 1950's Ivan Zavetchanos was training as a student at the Kodokan in Japan under the tutelage of one of Jigoro Kano's senior students Kyuzo Mifune Sensei. It was during one of his visits to Japan when he was intrigued by by the power demonstrations of another Judo student (3rd Dan) who was also running a Karate school in the facility, his name was Masutatsu Oyama. The two struck a friendship and soon Ivan brought one of Oyams's senior students Sensei Kato to Australia to introduce the Kyokushinkai style. Ivan became the South Pacific Representative of the Kyokyshinkaikan for the next 20 years. The Oh Taekwondo System, and Ashihara system were also a result of Sensei Zavetchanos' efforts in the early days of the Australian martial arts scene. Its fair to say that Ivan Zavetchanos' martial arts DNA is probably present in 80% of martial arts practitioners in Australia and the South Pacific today, with most high profile martial artists having begun their journey with Ivan. The influence that Ivan has on the martial arts industry is profound and unlikely to ever be matched. In his mid 90's now Ivan is still overseeing the training of judo proctitioners and attending major events. If Ivan Zavetchanos cannot be rated as one of Australia's living treasures then no one can.
Celie Zavetchanos is a 7th Dan in Judo Celie began her martial arts journey in the 50's, under the tutelage of her "to be" husband Ivan Zavetchanos. As a beginner Celie soon adapted to the rigours of the art and became hooked on the physical and mental challenges the art presented. It want long before Celie progressed through the ranks and went on to become Australian champion many times over. Celie Zavetchanos, together with her husband Ivan built a martial arts empire that changed the martial arts in Australia forever. Over the past 60 years Celie herself has been involved in the training of many Australian Champions as well as being mentor and tutor to literally thousands of judo enthusiasts. The renown Albert Street Dojo in Brunswick from which Celie and Ivan trained and taught became the spiritual centre of most martial artists in Australia. It was from here that not just judo was taught, it was also the first dojo for the Kyokushinkai Karate Association and home to other styles when they were first launched in the country. Celie Zavetchanos is well known and highly respected as being our own "Iron Lady" of martial arts who many thousands of parents entrusted their children, to instill fitness, discipline, and respect. It is fair to say that there are very few martial artists in the world that can match the fine record set by Celie, from Judo Champion to mentor to thousands, Celie will secure a place in our history books as one of the best and most respected Jodo-ka ever.
Tracey Aldridge is a martial arts coach, teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Tracey has been involved in the martial arts industry for most of her adult life. Her pragmatic approach to training has encouraged many students of her school to both support and encourage her endeavors, knowing the good it has produced for many students in the North West Coast of Tasmania. Tracey has taken many years to achieve the skills and knowledge required to deliver a sound program and her approachable personality has made her one of Tasmania's most sought-after coaches. Throughout her years in the industry, Tracey has successfully coached and cornered 2 Australian MMA champions, with a perfect coaching record in Australian MMA title bouts.
Professor Paulo Guimaraes is a Black Belt 5th Dan in brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Paolo has been training in BJJ for most of his adult life and running BJJ professionally for the past 25 years. As a competitor Paolo earned the reputation of being a fierce contender and as it normally follows, his own students now are making their mark in the field of competition. Paolo has developed a strong league of martial arts followers resulting in many schools across Australia under the "ROOTS BJJ Academies." Paolo specialises in technical performance and competition training for adults and children. He is a former Brazilian Army close combat and self defence instructor – 5th Guard Company Amazon Jungle division- Military Police and Parachute troops. He was the 1st Brazilian BJJ Black Belt to live and open a BJJ gym in Australia, and he is the Founder and Director NSW Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Paulo is Roots Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy founder and Head Instructor. He is a former professional surfer and an Airplane Pilot.
Sempai Michael Kellow is a second dan black belt who has been studying martial arts for most of his adut life. Sempai Mick first began his training in Kyokushinkai Karate and later joined the ranks of Teshinkai Karate where he has proven himself a dedicated, proficient and popular instructor.
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