Tony Loupakis Academy toPerform at
St.John's University

byCatherine Tsounis


"The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well," said Pierre de Coubertin, French Educator who was primarily responsible for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1894. Antonios Loupakis is such an athlete.

Our Gymnastics champion began his career as a Greco-Roman Wrestler. He was a champion of Greece from 1957-1960. Loupakis was part of the Olympic Team that went to Japan in the 1964 Olympics. He later embarked on a spectacular career in Aerobics and Karate. He holds a sixth degree Blackbelt. Our presenter is a Grandmaster in Taekwon-Do. Aerobics is his primary interest, having performed in some of the most popular European circuses. Mr. Loupakis is a Master 6 Dan Black Belt.

He was honored by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Olympic Flame Festivities of June 19, 2004 at Athens Square in Astoria, New York. He was one of the torch bearers of the Olympic flame through New York City. His school, THE LOUPAKIS MARTIAL ARTS AND FITNESS CENTER is the recipient of over 30 Gold medalsin the Pan-American Competitions. His Academy was first place winner and World Champions at Las Vegas in 2003, 2004 and 2005. His family group of Harry, Peter, Kostas, Aspasia and Aphrodite Loupakis have amazed international audiences. On December 1-3, 2006, his Academy won the National Talent Competiton of the 20th Anniversary Tour of Star Systems National Talent Competion in Bridgewater, New Jersey. They won first place and high gold.

Antonios Loupakis Karate Academy. (Photo by W.Radetti)

The Third Annual Greek Independence Day program of the Modern Greek Language and Literature Program is being presented on Thursday evening, Feb. 22, 2007, 6:30 p.m. at Council Hall, St. John's University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica. Master Antonios Loupakis, a former member of the Greek Olympic team and his Academy will perform a gymnastics program entitled "The Olympic Spirit and Gymnastics." Refreshments will be served. This event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. For information and confirmation email us at: tsounisc@stjohns.edu, siolasj@stjohns.edu or call 718 990 6314.



(Posting date 17 March 2007
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