Eleni Labiri Suzuki
Eleni Labiri-Suzuki is a 7th dan wado-ryu karateka and Chief instructor of
She was awarded her 7th Dan in recognition of her achievements in this martial
art. She was awarded this certification by three 8th Dans from different
They are: Gary Swift, President of the International Wado Federation & British
Pedro Rodriguez, Chief instructor of Kazoku Wado Ryu Karate Do Kai.
John Moreton, Chief instructor and President of Wado UK.
Eleni Labiri-Suzuki, was born on 24th January 1963 in
Chalandritsa, Achaia, Greece. She is best known as the wife of Tatsuo Suzuki
sensei 8th dan Hanshi.
Eleni started karate in Argostoli, Kefalonia in May 1984, attaining her 1st Dan
in 1988. (the 3rd bottom left on the photo - Kefalonia, April 1986) Eleni
trained directly with her future husband who she married on 22nd April 1997. She
participated in private training with him of 3 hours per day, 5 days a week, for
17 years (1994-2011). Between 1987 and 2011 she travelled worldwide with her
husband participating in and assisted him at international training courses and
seminars. Her training with her husband continued until his death in 2011 and
she can lay claim to unequalled technical and teaching credentials.
Eleni now lives in Argostoli Greece, and travels to wherever she is
invited to carry out seminars. She is always available for private tuition in
person or online. Any interested person, club or organisation should feel free
to contact her directly.
1st dan April 1988
2nd dan November 1989
3rd dan February 1993
4th dan August 1998
5th dan December 2003
6th dan September 2009
7th dan December 2021