Edji Zenel

Edji Zenel

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Specialization/s: Martial arts coach,

This coach is approved to work with Children and Vulnerable people.


Edji Zenel is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.

Edji began his karate training in 1974 in Melbourne, Victoria. Today he is the chief instructor of Thornbury Dojo (Club) which was established in 1977.

Edji is passionate about karate and has devoted his life to martial arts. Training is the integral part of his daily routine. He has traveled extensively around the world to train under renowned karate masters in the pursuit of expanding his knowledge.

Edji was first graded to black belt (1st dan) in July 1978. In January 2008, he was graded to 5th dan black belt. The Japan Karate Association (JKA) Internationally certifies his qualifications. The JKA is one of the world’s largest traditional karate organisations clearly defining itself as 'The keeper of karate's highest tradition' with member organisations in over 100 countries across all continents around the world. The standards taught are of the highest level in keeping with the technical requirements set by JKA Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Over the years, Sensei Edji’s passion and commitment has led to his personal involvement in competing, judging, and coaching in competitions. He competed in several AKF (all styles) and JKA competitions and won gold medals in their National & State competitions.

Edji first opened his own karate club in July 1977, and has coached State, National and International Champions. But more importantly he has seen many students excel in their personal life, in which, many of those students attribute their success because of their karate training and the discipline it provides.

Edji has completed and passed level 1 and 2 “General Principles” and “Karate Specific” coaching courses which are Government approved. He is dedicated to promoting the art of karate-do as well as spreading the philosophy and spirit of Shotokan Karate.

Awards & Certifications

5th dan Black Belt JKA | 2008-01-02

Level 1 and 2 Coaching General Principles | 2018-07-09

NCAS Karate Coaching program | 2008-08-09

1st Degree Black Belt - JKA | 1978-07-14

Work Experience

Japan Karate Association JKA-SKC | Chief Instructor - Thornbury

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Thornbury, Victoria, Australia Australia

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