Celie Zavetchanos

Celie Zavetchanos

Coaching Category: Fitness

Specialization(s): Body Building, Functional Fitness


Celie Zavetchanos, a distinguished figure in the martial arts realm, proudly holds the esteemed rank of 7th Dan in Judo. Her martial arts odyssey, which commenced in the 1950s under the guidance of her future husband, Ivan Zavetchanos, is a testament to her unwavering commitment and tenacity.

As a novice, Celie swiftly adapted to the challenges presented by the martial art, becoming deeply engrossed in both its physical demands and mental intricacies. Her remarkable progress through the ranks culminated in multiple titles as the Australian champion. Celie Zavetchanos, alongside her husband Ivan, laid the foundation for a martial arts legacy that forever transformed the martial arts landscape in Australia.

Over six decades, Celie has played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of numerous Australian champions, serving as a mentor and instructor to countless Judo enthusiasts. The Albert Street Dojo in Brunswick, where Celie and Ivan trained and taught, assumed a revered status as the spiritual epicenter for martial artists across the nation. This historic space not only cultivated Judo but also housed the Kyokushinkai Karate Association and provided a launching pad for various other martial art styles in the country.

Celie Zavetchanos, affectionately known as our own "Iron Lady" of martial arts, earned the trust of thousands of parents who entrusted their children to her care, confident that she would instill values of fitness, discipline, and respect. Her enduring legacy is unparalleled, and it is safe to say that few martial artists worldwide can match Celie's distinguished record, from Judo Champion to the mentor of thousands. Celie's name is etched in the annals of history as one of the finest and most respected Judo practitioners to ever grace the martial arts world.

Awards & Certifications

Multiple Australian Champion Honours | 2013-03-11

Work Experience

Albert Street Dojo | Instructor

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Pascoe Vale Sth, VIC, AU

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