M.A., Academy of Sport and Physical Education/National Center of Sport, Warsaw, Poland
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Piotr Chelstowski is a professional sport teacher
with a martial arts specialization, professional rock climbing instructor and
nationally certified Personal Fitness Trainer. He started his SMU adventure in
the spring of 1995 as a co-founder and coach of the SMU Judo Club. Several
months later he joined the Wellness Department as a part time judo and self
defense instructor teaching also First Aid and CPR classes. At that time he was
also working as a Geoscience specialist-technician at ExxonMobil Oil Corporation
in Dallas as well as a YMCA personal fitness trainer and judo coach associated
with Tamura Judo Institute in Dallas.
Mr. Chelstowski holds a Master of Science degree in Geology
and Master of Art degree in Sport Coaching and Physical Education. In 1982 he
graduated from the Warsaw University Geology Department in Poland. Being for
years an accomplished judo competitor on a national level and a judo instructor
for the Warsaw University Judo Club he decided to expand his coaching knowledge
through the extramural studies at the University of Sport and Physical Education
in Wroclaw, Poland. He graduated
from this University with a BA in 1988 and a MA degree in 2001.
Prior coming to the US in the late 80s, Piotr's work
experience included serving as a faculty staff at the Athletic Department of the
Warsaw University, as Head Trainer in the multi-discipline Sport Club "Polonez"
in Warsaw and as Managing Director, with executive responsibility for sport,
physical culture and tourism for the
City of Warsaw in Poland. Between
1985 and 1987 he was an assistant coach for the Polish National and Olympic Judo
Teams. Several of the national team athletes took part in the 1988 Summer
Olympic Games in Seoul. During this
time, Piotr was also involved in several research projects with olympic level
athletes associated with the Polish Institute of Sport.
From 1986 to 1992 he was a member of the 12-member Trainers Council at
the Polish Judo Association. In the
nineties his trainee-competitors took gold and two years later silver medals at
the World Judo Collegiate Championships. In 2003 Piotr took third place in the
European Ju-Jitsu Championship (self-defense Duo System).
Between 1987 and 1992 he spent several months working as a
guest judo instructor in Germany and Sweden and most of the year 2005 in
Belgium. Mr. Chelstowski holds a 4th degree black belt recognized by the Int'l
Judo Federation and a 3rd degree black belt in jujutsu. Piotr also currently
works as a judo/ju-jitsu instructor at Guy Mezger's Combat Sport Club in Dallas.
Between 1982 and 1992 he had a chance to take part in several
speleological excursions in the Carpathian Mountains (Europe) fulfilling his
other passion - rock climbing and speleology. In the 1991 he become a Rock
Climbing instructor, and in 2009 he earned a US certificate as a Professional
Lead Climbing Instructor with the US PCIA.
Mr. Chelstowski is an author or co-author of five
publications in the field of tectonics and structural geology as well as
analysis of judo techniques and tactics.