Edji Zenel – 6th Dan
Dojo Head Thornbury
Edji Zenel is a prominent figure in the world of Shotokan karate, boasting a rich history of dedication and accomplishment within the martial arts community. His journey began in 1974 in Melbourne, Victoria, when he embarked on his Shotokan karate training. Since then, he has become deeply immersed in the art, shaping his life around its practice and principles.
As the chief instructor of Thornbury Dojo, a position he has held since its establishment in 1977, Edji has been instrumental in nurturing the growth of countless students. His passion for karate is evident in his daily routine, where training takes centre stage. Seeking to continuously enhance his understanding and skills, Edji has travelled extensively, seeking guidance from renowned karate masters worldwide.
Edji’s commitment to excellence is reflected in his impressive achievements. He attained his first black belt (1st dan) in July 1978, marking the beginning of a journey marked by continuous progression and mastery. In June 2023, he achieved the esteemed rank of JKA 6th dan black belt, bestowed upon him by revered masters Ogura Yasunori Shihan, Naka Tatsuya Shihan, and Okuma Koichiro Shihan.
Beyond personal accolades, Edji has actively participated in various facets of karate, including competition, judging, and coaching. His involvement in AKF and JKA competitions has yielded numerous gold medals at both the national and state levels. However, his impact extends far beyond the realm of competition, as he has played a pivotal role in shaping the lives of his students. Many attribute their personal success to his mentorship and the discipline instilled through karate training.
In addition to his practical expertise, Edji has pursued formal education in coaching, completing and excelling in level 1 and 2 “General Principles” and “Karate Specific” coaching courses, approved by the government. He remains steadfast in his mission to promote the art of karate-do and propagate the philosophy and spirit of Shotokan Karate to future generations. Through his unwavering dedication and leadership, Edji Zenel continues to inspire and uplift the karate community worldwide.