What is Tori Judo 取 柔道


Tori Judo is a Registered Business providing judo coaching as a member of the Australian Kodokan Judo Association member of the World Judo Federation and as part of the Victorian Amateur Judo Union. Originally established under the license of Shudokan Judo Academy with its origins dating back to 1947-48. Tori Judo is now a VAJU registered club under its own name. The club's objective is that of promoting and growing the martial art of Judo.


The club specialises in Judo classes for all ages and levels taught as St Kilda PCYC. Also offered are Self Defence Classes with a special emphasis on Self Defence for Women taught at Elwood & St Kilda Neughbourhood Learning Centre. Club provides Judo Suits, Belts and Even mats which can all be purchased directly from us. The Judo Club has been started and is run by Jakub Sawczuk a 3rd Dan Judo instructor under Ivan Zavetchanos, 9th Dan and Cilie Zavetchanos, 6th Dan who run the Shudokan Judo Academy in Brunswick.

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Instructor / Founder: Jakub Sawczuk
4th Dan -  Founder of Tori Judo

Head Coach and Club Founder:

  • 15 years of Judo Experience. Current rank of 3rd Dan. 

  • Trained and competed in countries such as Australia, Poland, The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Japan, Lithuania, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Samoa, Brasil, Argentina. 

  • Experience in different coaching styles having trained at various clubs around the world often few months at a time. Participated in many international training camps either as a member or training alongside national Judo teams. Current students at the club have been winning medals at local and National Level and the head coach holds the current National Title in Under 90kg as well as in the Open Weight Category.

    • Further List of Personal Achievements:​

      • ​2016, 2013, 2012, 2011 Australian Kodokan Judo Championships - 1st Place Open Tournament

      • 2014 Australian Kodokan Judo Championships - 2nd Place Open Tournament

      • 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Australian Kodokan Judo Championships - 1st Place Under 90kg

      • 2015 - Grand Champion in Fukuda Kata Tournament in San Francisco with Kata Partner Damon Ellis.

      • 2012 Osaka Friendship Judo Tournament - 2nd Place in Under 30 years division

      • 2011 World Judo Federation Championships - Rio De Janeiro - 3rd Place Under 90kg

      • 2009 Ithaki Tournament Greece, 2nd Place in Senior Men's Division

  • Experience in Kata:

    • Nage No Kata,

    • Katami No Kata,

    • Kime No Kata,

    • Goshinjutsu No Kata,

    • Juno Kata,

    • Itsutsu No Kata,

    • Koshiki No Kata,

      • Having won Titles at National and International Level in all the Kata's listed.

Club Locations: 179 Inkerman Street, St Kilda & 175-177 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182. Postal Address: PO BOX 37, Elwood, 3184, VIC, Australia,

E-mail: info@torijudo.com.au Tel: 0433 323 446. © 2014 by TORI JUDO