Lotus Fencing Academy

Lotus Fencing Academy at Athletic Club Northeast trains both the serious competitor and the recreational athlete. Walid Mahran, the academy’s Head Coach, directs the training of our diverse group of fencers whose ages range from six to sixty, and whose skill level varies from first-time beginners to international athletes.

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walidWalid Mahran

Walid Mahran is a Maître d’Armes of fencing, and has over 37 years of fencing experience. As an athlete, Mahran served as a member of eight Egyptian World Championship teams (Junior and Senior). After winning the Gold medal in the 1989 Junior World Cup in France, Mahran reached top ten world ranking (Junior). Mahran also won the Gold at the Arab games the same year, competing against and defeating fencers from 15 countries. In 1988, 1992 and 1996, Mahran qualified for the Olympic Men’s Foil team from Egypt. During his time as one of the best athletes in his field, he won over 40 medals in international competitions and over 150 medals in National competitions in Egypt.

Mahran has coached since 1993, and served as head coach and director of fencing at Athletic Club Northeast since 1998. In addition to his coaching at ACN, Coach Mahran teaches fencing at Woodward Academy, Atlanta International School, and Pace Academy. He also directs fencing classes at the Barney Medintz summer camp and acts as a consulting coach for the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Walid also teaches clinics at the U.S. Air Force Academy and often directs at the Academy’s tournaments.

 

Walid Mahran’s coaching success is clearly evident in his students’ results. Since 1993, his athletes have won over 80 medals in national and international competitions. Year 2006 alone, his fencers brought home nine medals from the United States National Competition, and year 2005 six medals. Mahran earned the USFA’s coaches medal in 1997, and every year since 2003 as a result of his students’ gold medal performance at Summer Nationals.

Artemis Hopps 2015 FinalsGreer McMullen 2015 FinalsKristen Vines 2015 Finals

In addition to his successes as an athlete and as a coach, Walid Mahran also has a strong education. He earned a degree in physical education with a major in fencing from Helwan University in Cairo, and received a graduate degree in fencing and sports psychology from the prestigious CRPS de Bordeaux in France in 1988. In 1989 after the World Championship in Athens, the FIE formally recognized Mahran for his accomplishments and presented him with a diploma given only to junior fencers ranked among the top sixteen in the world.

While education and experience is vital, Walid Mahran possesses something else that defines him as an excellent coach. A strong personality marked by integrity and loyalty makes him an excellent mentor for all of his fencers–young and old. The result is a positive, supportive atmosphere at ACN Atlanta and Lotus Fencing Academy where fencers can work toward excellence.

Below are some documents noting Walid’s achievements:


Jenny Moncada

Jenny was a four time member of the Colombia National Team. She won the Gold Medal in the South American Championships and Bronze Medal in the Pan-American Games in 1999. She also has numerous Colombian National Championships titles under her belt.

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Jenny with Jamie Jewett, Silver Medal Y10 Foil 2013


Giulia Balicchia

Giulia was a member of the Italian National Fencing team for six years. She won multiple National Championships in foil, a Bronze medal in Epee Italian Championship and a Bronze medal in European Cup. She was also a referee in Italian fencing Federation.

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Left to Right, Julia Gianneschi, Jamie Jewett, Giulia Baliccia, Artemis Hopps, and Melissa Chiu.