Coaches & Staff

       Olympia Fencing Center Founder and Director

                                    Daniel Hondor

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.

Email Daniel: director@olympiafencingcenter.com

 Foil Coach, Shuang Meng

Coach Shuang Meng and Kai Zhao

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.

Foil 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.

Email coaches Kai and Shuang: shuang@olympiafencingcenter.com

 Children’s Programs Coordinator, Lori Schmidt

Coach 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.

Email Lori at: lori@olympiafencingcenter.com

Épée and Foil Coach: Shang (Sean) Qiao

Coach Sean Qiao

 

Sean started at a very young age as a track and field athlete. At 9 years old he started fencing and in only three years he became a junior professional athlete as a member of the Beijing Fencing Municipal Athletic Association, a very prominent organization in China.
Sean earned a place in China’s National Youth Fencing Team, he was assistant coach within the same organization, then coach in Wanghaibin International Fencing Club.
In 2015 and 2016, respectively, Sean earned the title of Excellent Leader and Excellent Coach, his students achieving numerous titles in China’s highest rated fencing competitions.

Sean came to the US early this year, to help Shuang and Kai, our foil coaches and his longtime friends, with the growing foil program, and we decided to ask him to stay for the next three years, to assist with both foil and epee programs.

Sean can be reached at: sean@olympiafencingcenter.com

Épée Adult Classes Coach: Elliott Chorn

Coach Elliott Chorn

Elliott started fencing at 11 years old and began competing under the guidance of Abdel Salem, current head coach at the Air Force Academy.

Multiple time finalist and medalist in national competitions, at both Junior and Senior level. Elliott fenced for Duke University, qualifying for NCAA Championships.
In 2001, Elliott started coaching at the Fencing Institute of Texas, until 2005 and then, at Gold Blade Fencing Center (TX), until 2008.

Recently, his career as an Energy Analyst brought him back to Boston, and to fencing.
In addition to his long fencing career Elliott is a registered Yoga teacher and applies these skills to his coaching, for injury prevention, recovery and mental aspects of the sport.

Elliott is available for private lessons (exclusively to club’s members): elliott@olympiafencingcenter.com

Épée Musketeers Coach: Scott Foster

Coach 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: scott@olympiafencingcenter.com

Épée Musketeers Coach: Angélica Allende Brisk

Many of us know Angélica as the mom of Alejandra and Isabela Trumble, Olympia’s former students but very few know that Angelica is a Media Arts Studio teacher at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School fencing team, more than that, she is running the CRLS Falcons Fencing team!

Recipient of the Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute Award Recipient, 2009 Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angélica’s career has revolved around her love for teaching, arts and… fencing.

We’re very happy to welcome Angélica to our coaches team!

Email Angelica: angelica@olympiafencingcenter.com

Community Relations Manager

Eve Encinas-Lončar

Eve Encinas Loncar

A Los Angeles native, living in the Boston area since 2005, Eve
Encinas- Lončar is a Hotel Management graduate and a fencing mom too.
With nearly 20 years of experience in corporate meeting planning, Eve is known to be a detail oriented professional who helped countless corporations to plan exciting, memorable and successful meetings & events.
Eve has a passion for volunteerism with the local school communities.
From 2009-2014, Eve Co-chaired the Tobin Public Montessori School’s Transition Team focusing on developing community relationships between new & existing families, was the elected 2011-12 School Advisory Council member, organized the 2012 & 2013 Annual Silent Auction raising funds for the Tobin Montessori School community, and helped organized the St. Peter School Annual Gala & Silent Auction from 2012-2014.

During 2015-16, Eve lived for a year in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with her family. During her time abroad she worked on community development and fundraising for Rotterdam International Secondary School and de Blijberg International Primary School.

As Olympia Fencing Center’s Community Relations Manager, her primary focus will be developing and implementing community outreach and promoting Olympia’s image.

Evelyn can be reached at: eve@olympiafencingcenter.com