Hala Belselah

Hala Belselah

  • UAE FIE Open Championships Al Ain Nov 2018 (Overall Ranked 6)
  • Women’s Open Epee World Cup Dubai May 2018
  • MKFA Adult Cup 1 Open Women 2016/2017: Bronze
  • MKFA Adult Cup 1 Open Women 2015/2016: Gold
  • GCC Championships Dubai Feb2014 Team: Silver
  • GCC Championships Dubai Feb 2014 Individual: Bronze
  • Qatar Grand Prix Jan 2014
  • Fatma Bint Mubarak Open Women Championship Abu Dhabi Mar 2014: Bronze
  • Presidents Cup Open Women Abu Dhabi 2013/2014: Gold
  • UAE FIE Open Championships Ras Al Khaimah 2013/2014 Individual: Gold
  • MKFA Gargash Enterprises Mercedes-Benz Epee Cup Open Women December 2013: Silver
  • Qatar Grand Prix 2013
  • Presidents Cup Open Women Abu Dhabi 2012/2013: Gold
  • UAE FIE Open Championships AL Ain 2012/2013 Individual: Gold
  • Fatma Bint Mubarak Open Women Championship Abu Dhabi Dec 2012: Gold
  • GCC Championships Bahrain Nov 2011 Team: Silver
  • GCC Championships Bahrain Nov 2011 Individual: Bronze
  • UAE FIE Open Championships Ras Al Khaimah 2011/2012 Individual: Silver
  • UAE FIE Open Championships 2006/2007: Silver
  • DFC Open Fencing Championships Women: Bronze
  • Dubai Open Fencing Club Individual Women: Bronze
  • Dubai Open Fencing Club Local National Women: Silver
  • DFC Open Fencing Championships Women 2006: Silver
  • DFC Open Fencing Championships Women 2006: Gold
  • Dubai Open Fencing Club Fencing Tournament 2003: Gold
The sound of the metal blades clanking and scraping still raises my heart beat. It’s true that I started fencing at a young age while boarding at Sherborne School for Girls in England and was appointed school fencing captain, but it was only when I found myself in the inauguration session of ‘Dubai Fencing Club’, now known as ‘MK Fencing Academy’, that I knew fate had placed me in the right hands, where I would continue to pursue this passion and go on to achieve my best results as a member of the UAE national fencing team. Forward fifteen years, my passion continues to burn bright and I am now a mother of two young men, both elite epee fencers and members of the UAE national fencing squad. Our family’s collective achievements of more than seventy medals are a true testament to our coach Mihail Kouzev and his team at MK Fencing Academy; their mentoring and expertise made this possible, as has the support of the UAE Fencing Federation, one of the youngest yet most active federations to date in the country. Representing my country the UAE at international events alongside top elite players from all over the world have been my proudest moments. I thank the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a strong advocator for UAE nationals active participation at international sporting events for making this possible as well as the unwavering support for UAE women by HH Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak. Most challenging achievement as a fencer: Qatar Grand prix 2014. I was the only fencer both male and female from the UAE Squad to pass the pools. GCC Championships Bahrain 2011 and Dubai 2014. I was the only UAE female fencer to receive a medal in the individual event on both occasions. Most proud of achievement as a fencer: Presidents Cup Open Women Abu Dhabi 2013 and 2014: Gold Fatma Bint Mubarak Open Women Championship Abu Dhabi 2012: Gold My favourite Medal: Fatma Bint Mubarak Open Women Championship Abu Dhabi 2012: Gold. . – Hala Belselah

Yasser Mahmoud El Darawani

Yasser Mahmoud El Darawani

  • Grand Prix France 10.03.2002 – Silver medal
  • Master Championship France 12.03.2002 – Gold Medal
  • Epee World Cup Epee Senior Individual Tunisia 15-16.06.2002 – Gold Medal
  • Epee World Cup Epee Senior Individual Iran 17-20.07.2004 – Gold Medal
  • Athens Olympic Games 2004 – Individual Epee 28th Place and Team Epee 8th Place
  • UAE Al Ain Championship 23-24.12.2011 1st place Open Men Yasser Al Darwani
  • Balkan Club Epee Championship Plovdiv, Bulgaria 24-26.04.2015 – Yasser Al Darwani bronze medal
  • UAE Fencing Championship Men Open 28.10.2016 – Yasser Al Darwani silver medal
  • UAE President’s Cup Abu Dhabi 13-14.05.2016 – Open Men
  • UAE Fencing Federation President’s Cup 25-26 May 2012 Abu, gold medal Dhabi Yasser Al Darwani
  • UAE Ramadan Open Championship 3-4 August 2012, RAK. Gold medal for Yasser Al Darwani
  • UAE President’s Cup 31.05.2013 Yasser El Darawani Gold Medal Men
  • UAE President’s Cup 2014 Abu Dhabi Yasser Al Darwani silver medal
  • MK Fencing Academy Epee Cup Open Men 19.12.2014 – Yasser Al Darwani gold medal
  • UAE Ramadan Men Championship Abu Dhabi Police Officers Club Yasser Al Darwani gold medal
  • UAE Fencing Federation RAK Championship Open Men 18.04.2014 – Yasser Al Darwani gold medal
I was really amazed by  Mihail and MKFA team, their passion to fencing which full of energy and I was happy to be part of the MKFA team and enjoyed the fencing sport. – Yasser Mahmoud El Darawani

Noor Farhat

Noor Farhat

  • Championat du Liban 2015 Epee Juniors Filles gold medal
  • Lebanese Fencing Federation Championship Open 2014 silver medal
  • 2014 Arab Championship, Doha Qatar Noor Farhat Epee Champion
  • Kalba Epee Championship U17 Girls gold medal 16.05.2014
  • UAE RAK Epee Open Women Championship 08.02.2013 silver medal
  • MKFA Gargash Enterprises Mercedes – Benz Epee Cup 20-21.12.2013 – Open Women: Gold medal
  • UAE Fencing Federation Dubai U15 Girls Epee 09.05.2012 Gold medal
  • UAE Abu Dhabi U 17 Epee Championship 13.04.2012 Silver medal
It was evident to me, even back in 2004-as a scrawny 7 year old-that this sport was different. That this sport would teach me discipline and poise,that this sport would challenge both my physical and mental capabilities, that this sport would help shape me into the woman I’ve become today. For 12 years, I’ve poured countless of hours into fencing and I had cherished every moment of it. I went from not being able to lift the épée to competing in international competitions and championships around the world. Now in university, the pressure of studying engineering and the lack of an academy as well established as the MKFA have made it tough to commit. But fencing is my home and all roads lead to home. – Noor Farhat

 

Adam Gazalet

Adam Gazalet

 

The first time I ever fenced was when I was 8 years old at MKFA. At the time it was called the Dubai Fencing Club. Since then I have been addicted to the sport. You often hear it being described as a fast-paced game of chess…. With swords. While a typical fencing match does look like two people waving their blades around, trying to stab each other, there are in fact a lot of tactics, as well as very precise techniques that are involved. Small and un-telegraphed movement are what we aim for and, while this is true for most martial arts, it is particularly important in fencing, as the power behind the hit does not matter as much and we rely a lot more on the speed and precision. All of that is paired with an intense mental game where you need to set up traps for your opponents while not falling in one of theirs yourself. It is a sport that trains your logic, concentration, coordination, endurance (mentally and physically) and speed. You also need to adapt your game plan to whatever opponent you are facing as no two people fence the same. This is a sport where you learn the techniques and perfect them, so that you can eventually change them to a style that suits you more. There is no right or wrong in fencing, there is only what works and what doesn’t. This also means that even when you are the best in the world, you will still be able to learn something. Finally, this is a sport where respect and sportsmanship are crucial. It teaches you how to always be polite, respectful and how to control your emotions in stressful situations. All this development that you gain from fencing is what has kept me in the sport for such a long time and will keep me addicted to it for years to come. I Know that no matter how good I get there will always be something new for me to learn and someone that can push me further. – Adam Gazalet