Coach Mauro Hamza
Club founder and Head Coach Mauro Hamza is originally from Cairo,
Egypt, and established Salle Mauro in 1999 in Houston.He also serves as Fencing ProgramCoordinator at Rice University and spent 3 years serving the Southwest fencing community as volunteer Chairman of the Gulf Coast Division. Coach Mauro has served the U.S. men’s foil program as National Coach in the past and was the Director of Men’s and Women’s Foil for USA Fencing. Under his leadership, the U.S. Junior Men’s Foil team won the 2011 World Championship in Baku, Jordan; the U.S. Junior Women’s team took home silver from Baku.
In addition, the U.S. Senior Men’s Foil team placed 5th at the 2011 Grand Prix in Bonn, the highest ranking ever attained by the U.S. men’s foil team in that international tournament.
Weekly lessons, both group and private, as well as consistent practices are mandatory for young fencers interested in both polishing their skills and in competing. However, a short-term, intensive work-out is periodically in order to really pin down and master a certain skill. Salle Mauro Fencing Academy’s core training program is regularly augmented with camps and clinics during the summer months (June through August), as well as over winter and spring school breaks.
For four or five hours a day, campers have the opportunity to experience unprecedented, in-depth training in footwork, bladework, and bouting, with video analysis available for catching mistakes instantaneously, and games to blow off some steam (while reinforcing key skills, of course). For the beginning fencer, we also offer introductory camps.