- 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.
- US Fencing Coaches Association’s (USFCA) President
- Member of USFCA Certification and Accreditation Board
- 1984 Olympian — Men’s Epee
- PhD in Medicine; University of Alexandria, Egypt; 1980
- 1996 U.S. Olympic Committee’s Fencing Coach of the Year.
- 1998 to Present — Head Coach of Air Force Academy
- 1986-1988 — Assistant Coach of University of Pennsylvania
Mahmoud joins IFC after a long career as a competitive sabre fencer at the international level including the Beijing and Sydney Olympics and assistant coach to the Egyptian National Team.
Highlights of Mahmoud’s fencing career as a competitor and coach are:
- A member of the Egyptian National Team at the Beijing and Sydney Olympics in the sabre individual and team events. The Egyptian sabre team placed 8th in Beijing in 2008.
- A member of the Egyptian National team from 1996 to 2012 during that time he was ranked #1 (National Point Standings) in Egypt from 199 to 2012.
- Gold medalist in the Junior Arab Championship in 2000 and 2001, African Champion Individual in 1999, 2000 and 2011 and the Arab Champion Individual in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008.
- A member of the Egyptian gold medalist sabre teams in the African and Arab Championships.
- Silver and bronze medals in the Arab and African and Islamic Championships as an individual and as a member of the sabre team.
- He was an assistant coach with the Egyptian National team in 2013. Two of his fencers were in the top 32 of the Cadet World Championships, 2013
- He is a referee in 3 weapons since 2000 at the national level and is a Sabre FIE Referee since 2011.
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.