Ilias has been training since the age of 11, focusing on Shotokan karate training continuously through his life. He has been under the hand of world karate champion Konstantinos Papadopoulos and works with state coaches Ari Kravariti , Stelio Skarogianni, Kosta Gouvousi and Maximo Hatziliadi.
He has an incredible record of 37 podium places in 43 tournaments , out of which 24 are 1st place.
Notable appearances are :
- Youth World Karate Cup appearance , Corfu 2010
- 1st place ,Balkan Senior and Children Karate Championships, Athens - Greece 2010
- 2nd place , Youth World Karate Cup, Corfu 2013
- World Karate Championship Cadets, Juniors & U21,
Guadalajara - Spain 2013
- 3rd place , Balkan Karate Championships Children, Cadets, Juniors & U21, Serbia 2013