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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Walid Mahran

  • Maître d’Armes of fencing.
  • Three time Olympic qualifier
  • Top 10 world ranking (U19)
  • Highly recognized international coach and fencer

Walid Mahran is a Maître d’Armes of fencing, and has over 25 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 served as head coach and director of fencing at Athletic Club Northeast since 1999. 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, 2003, 2004, and 2005 as a result of his students’ gold medal performance at Summer Nationals.

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:

Khaled Soliman, MD

Professional Fencing Experience:

  • Epee and Foil Fencing Coach, Smouha Club, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Epee and Foil Fencing Coach, Alexandria Fencing Club, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Epee National Coach. Egyptian Junior National team
  • Alexandria University Fencing Head Coach
  • FIE International licensed referee Foil (B)

Personal Fencing Achievements:

  • Egypt Junior Champion, Epee, 1973.
  • Egypt Junior Champion, Foil 1974.
  • Egypt Senior Champion, Epee 1976, 1979, 1986 and 1987.
  • Egypt Senior Silver medalist, Epee 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1988 and 1989.
  • Egypt Senior Silver medalist, Foil 1977.
  • Ranked number one on Egypt National Point Standing, Epee, from 1976 to 1989.
  • Member of the Egyptian Epee National team 1974-1989.

International Representation:

  • 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles, 28th place.
  • Tunisia World Cup, Epee 1978, 1st place.
  • White Bears Epee World Cup, Berlin 1987, 9th place.
  • Balaton Cup Epee, Hungary 1987, 6th place.
  • Arab Fencing Championship, Epee 1976, 3rd place.
  • Arab Fencing Championship, Epee 1988, 3rd place.
  • World Senior Championship, Vienna 1983.
  • World Senior Championship, Bern 1984.
  • World Senior Championship, Lucerne 1987.
  • Junior World Championship, Istanbul 1974.
  • University Games, Mexico 1979.
  • The Mediterranean Games, Algeria 1975.
  • The Mediterranean Games, Split 1979.
  • Heidenheim Cup, Germany 1988.

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.

German Paz

German joins International Fencing Center as a short-term guest coach! He is the head coach of Naples Fencing Center and has more than thirty years of fencing experience. For more information. take a look at their club website here.