Steve Papadakis


Steve holds a First Degree Black Belt and is a certified Judo coach. He has been active in judo for over 13 years. He has trained numerous world-class competitors, including his daughter Nefeli. 

  • 1st Degree Black Belt

  • 2013/2014 - Coaching Staff, Pan-American Team

  • 2015/2016 - Coaching Staff, Cadet & Jr World Team

  • National High School Boxing Champion (Greece)

  • Steve dedicates some of his free time to non-profit charity organizations.


Nefeli Papadakis

Lead instructor (White uniform)

The fearless competitor in white has been training in judo since the age of 4. She is actively working towards her goal to reach the 2020 Olympics. Hard work, dedication, and passion compels her to pass down her knowledge.

  • 1st Degree Black Belt

  • Rank #37 in World (based on current standings)

  • GOLD - 2017 Senior National Chamionships

  • GOLD - 2017 Junior European Chamionships

  • 5th - 2015 Cadet World Championships

  • 2015 - Cadet World Team Member (Sarajevo, Bosnia, & Herzegovina)

  • 2015 - Junior World Team (Abu Dhabi, AUE)

  • Repeat Illinois State Champion

  • Repeat National Champion

  • 1st Place - European Cup(Greece)

  • 2013 - 2017 - Cadet World Team Member

  • 2018 Pan American Team Member


George Papadakis


George has been training in Judo since he was 8. He wishes to pass down his gained knowledge of judo with with others. He creates an atmosphere that focuses on fun development of the body and mind. 

  • 1st Degree Black Belt

  • Repeat Illinois State Champion

  • 2011 - National Champion


We have a variety of certified black belt judo guests who come and assist our instructors to coach, assist with class drills, and techniques for our students. They focus on ensuring our students practice their judo technique properly. Our two most visited guests are:

Alex - 1st Degree Black Belt

Alex - 1st Degree Black Belt

Ernie - 1st Degree Black Belt

Ernie - 1st Degree Black Belt