Owner and head fencing coach at Peoria Fencing Academy where I developed, managed, and instructed a competitive fencing program. My fencers have competed at the national level in Division I tournaments and at the international level. I have also guided my fencers through the NCAA eligibility process and instructed them in NCAA Division I by-laws. My students have attended elite colleges.
I taught fencing for three years at the undergraduate level in the Physical Education Department at Illinois Central Community College. I was solely responsible for developing the course curriculum, teaching the course, and evaluating the students. I have promoted professional fencing activities by hosting a U.S. Fencing Coaches Association Clinic and a certified Referee Clinic at Peoria Fencing Academy. I also served on the Conference Committee for the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association for five years and I am currently the vice president of the Midwest Fencing Coaches Association.
Throughout my Twenty years coaching career, I have had the opportunity to train and mentor many competitive fencers who have become highly distinguished athletes at the national and international levels. As a former member of the National Egyptian Fencing Team, I know what it takes to be an elite fencer.
Coach Emara competed for Egypt for over 20 years on the National Egyptian Fencing Team. He placed 8th in the Junior World Championship in 1988. He qualified for the 1996 Olympics as a member of the Egyptian team.
GERMAN E. VALDERRAMA
Coach German is a Fencing Master from the French National School of Fencing Master (Ecole Nationale de Maitre d’Armes). He obtained his diploma in Dinard, France in 1989. Native from Colombia he was part of the national team in both foil and sabre. German moved to the US in 2000 first to Texas where he helped students such as Aaron Adjemian to win NAC events in Epee.
In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles bringing his knowledge and expertise to contribute for the development of the Sport of Fencing in California. Here German has introduced many students to this wonderful sport from elementary school to college level. Some of his positions include: Pomona College Fencing Instructor since 2012 (C5C women’s epee team 2Nd place SoCal college conference 2012); coach at Harvard Westlake Middle School from 2005 to 2008 (Scholastic Fencing League Champion 2008).
With more than 25 years of experience teaching youth and adult students “Maestro” German has introduced, taken, or helped fencers in all three weapons during their competitive careers. Several of them achieving outstanding results at national and international level such as: Joy Rafidi, Oriana Isacsson, Alexie Rubin in Epee; Aaron and Aiden Ahn in Foil: and more recently Mikaela Avakian in Sabre.
I was a student trained at Fortune Fencing.In 2007 I received a Silver medal in Division of NAC Aand was the 8th ranked fencer in Division 1. Also, I have been a Senior World Cup and Junior World Cup competitor.I share the same philosophy as coach Emara i.e.that each child is talented, and as coaches we are committed to pass on our knowledge to help children realize athletic talent, buid their character and confidence, and create a sense of accomplishment.
Coach Zeyad Elashry has been a competitive fencer for more than 20 years and a coach for more than 5 years. Most recently, Zeyad was a coach at Fencing Sports Academy in Fairfax, VA since 2014, where he taught classes and gave private lessons to a range of students ranging from beginners to nationally competitive athletes. Zeyad was also an Assistant Coach at Johns Hopkins University, where he coached the first athlete in 11 years to qualify for the NCAA Championships. His passion for the sport and his ability to engage with children has been a formula for success.
As an athlete competing in the United States, Zeyad is currently on the Senior National Points List and has been ranked as high as #5. He has had seven Top 8 finishes in the past 5 years.
Prior to arriving in the US, Zeyad fenced in Egypt where he first qualified for the national team at age 13 and subsequently qualified for Junior and Senior national teams. He enjoyed top results on an international level, including silver on the European Circuit in 2002, bronze at a Cadet World Cup in 2003, 8th place at the Junior World Championships in 2004, gold at the Arabian Championships in 2006, and gold at the African Championships in 2007.
Zeyad qualified for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing but was not able to participate due to injury.