Coaches & Staff

       Olympia Fencing Center Founder and Director

                                    Daniel Hondor


Daniel started his swordplay career with dreams of earning a spot among the Three Musketeers.

Enthralled by the adventures of the trio, 7-year-old Daniel picked up his first rapier, beginning a lifelong journey which continues today.

unnamedMember of the Romanian National Épée Team, 12 times in a row  National Champion, multiple times winner of Balkanic Games (a fencing championship very popular in Europe) and finalist in World Cup Competitions during the 80’s, Daniel basically grew up with the épée in his hand.

Receiver of a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the National Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Bucharest, Romania, he has laid down the sword and took up the mantle of coach, teaching the Romanian Junior Team techniques he’d learned throughout his career.

The 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games brought him to America, where he continues to share the art of fencing with students of all ages and experience levels.

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  Coach Iliya Mechkov

Originally from Bulgaria, with over 20 years of competitive fencing experience, Olympian Iliya Mechkov taught epee in Chicago for seven years prior his moving to Boston and joining Olympia Fencing Center.

A great asset to our club, we’re happy to have him among us – his friendly attitude quickly won children’s hearts and his fencing results make him a great example to follow.

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        Coach Shuang Meng

At only 18 years old, Shuang was awarded the title of China National Master Sportsman. This is extremely rare, as only the top two athletes in China are given this award each year.

Shuang competed as part of the China Junior National Fencing Team in 2005-2006 and made the National Team in 2007.

Her achievements include:

• Finalist in both international (World Junior Fencing Championships in 2007 and 2008) and national championships.

• Bronze medalist at the World Junior Fencing Championship team competition in 2007 and 2008. (Turkey and Italy)

• 2010 National Champion, individual and team Women’s foil.

From 2006 to 2010, Shuang has won 41 titles in various China national competitions and International including numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Since her moving to the US, in 2010, she has trained numerous nationally ranked athletes.

Coaches Kai Zhao and Shuang Meng with medalist Bin Huang, at the Summer Nationals 2015.

Coaches Kai Zhao and Shuang Meng with medalist Bin Huang, at the Summer Nationals 2015.Coach Kai Zhao

Coach Kai Zhao

A professional fencer with 20 years of fencing and coaching experience, Kai Zhao is a former member of China’s National Team, Junior and Senior Men’s Foil.

Participant to numerous world cups, in 2008 he trained with the Olympic Foil team and in 2009 started training the Tianjin Men’s Foil Team (China’s fourth largest city).

Also partners in life, since their arrival to the US, in 2010, they both have trained numerous nationally ranked foilists, with some of the best results in New England Division.

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 Children’s Programs Coordinator, Lori Schmidt

Lori Schmidt

Lori began fencing in college and was a member of the Boston University Fencing Club. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2010. Prior to college, Lori had been playing tennis competitively for many years and has gained experience in training children and people with disability.

Currently holding a B 2014 ranking, Lori competes at the national level and aspires to compete internationally.

In parallel with her fencing training, she is enrolled in a pre-veterinary studies program at Tufts University in preparation for veterinary school.

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                           Assistant Coach: Scott Foster

Scott Foster

Scott Foster is a mathematics teacher with the Boston Public Schools and holds a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Scott learned to fence at his local Y and as a youth fencer reached the semi-finals at the National Junior Olympics solely on the basis of group lessons. Scott continues to train and compete, as well as coach the Musketeer classes.

Scott can be reached at:

Assistant Coach Matthew Mansoor

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Matthew began fencing in the 3rd grade at his elementary school and continued all the way through high school, as a student of Cambridge Rindge and Latin.

In 2013 he joined Olympia Fencing Center and he started training with Coach Daniel Hondor.

In only two years, his passion for fencing combined with hard work and dedication, brought him an A classification in Épée and a national ranking.

Matthew now coaches the Musketeer classes at Olympia, while training full time before heading off to college, to get a Physical Education degree and continue his career as a fencing coach.

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