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MIHAIL KOUZEV

Founder & President, Maître D'armes

EDUCATION

  • Master’s Degree in Fencing ( PhD in progress);
  • Master’s Degree Teacher of Physical and Health Education / main subjects: Pedagogy, Psychology, Biomechanics, Physiology, Anatomy and Biochemistry

ACHIEVEMENTS

As a Coach:

Internationally:
  • Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 – Lynn Gedeon – Individual Gold (personal coach)
  • Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 –  Omar Belselah – Individual Bronze (personal coach)
  • Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 –  Omar Belselah – Team Bronze (personal coach)
  • Arab Championship Jordan 2018 – Lynn Gedeon Team Foil Gold medallist (personal coach)
  • Arab Championship Jordan 2018 – Lynn Gedeon Team Epee Bronze medallist (personal coach)
  • Arab Championship Jordan 2017 – Lynn Gedeon Team Epee Bronze medallist (personal coach)
  • Arab Championship Jordan 2017 – Lynn Gedeon Team Foil Bronze medallist (personal coach)
  • GCC Championships Dubai Feb 2014 – Hala Belselah – Individual Bronze (personal coach)
  • GCC Championships Dubai Feb 2014 – Hala Belselah – Team Silver (personal coach)
  • GCC Championships Bahrain Nov 2011 – Hala Belselah – Individual Bronze ( personal coach)
Nationally:

As a Leader:

  • Founder and President of the MK Fencing Academy ( MKFA)
  • Consulting the development of the Fencing Sport in the UAE since 2001
  • Gold Winner in the category “Best Sport Youth Academy /Organization of the Year” on the UAE Sports Industry Awards SPIA, 2018
  • Runner up (2nd place) in the category “Best Club/Academy in UAE” on the UAE Teen Sports and Fitness Awards, 2018
  • UIPM Coordinator in Middle East region www.pentathlon.org

As an Athlete:

  • Bulgarian National Fencing Champion Epee Cadets 1996
  • Master of Sports (fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting)
  • Former member of the Bulgarian National Modern Pentathlon Team 1993-1999
  • Modern Pentathlon National Champion 1996-1999
  • Participant in three Modern Pentathlon World Championships and two European Modern Pentathlon World Championship

Contact: mihail@mkfencingacademy.com

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MARIA KOUZEVA

Co-Founder & Finance, Maître D'armes

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Pentathlon (fencing, swimming, running, horse riding and shooting)
  • Physical Education-PE teacher / main subjects: Pedagogy, Biomechanics, Physiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Psychology and Sport medicine

ACHIEVEMENTS

As  Coach:

Internationally
  • Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 – Lynn Gedeon – Individual Gold
  • Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 –  Omar Belselah – Individual Bronze
  • Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 –  Omar Belselah – Team Bronze
  • GCC Championships Dubai Feb 2014 – Hala Belselah – Individual Bronze
  • GCC Championships Dubai Feb 2014 – Hala Belselah – Team Silver
  • GCC Championships Bahrain Nov 2011 – Hala Belselah – Individual Bronze

As a Leader:

  • Co-Founder at the MK Fencing Academy ( MKFA)
  • Consulting the development of the Fencing Sport in the UAE since 2001
  • Gold Winner in the category “Best Sport Youth Academy /Organization of the Year” on the UAE Sports Industry Awards SPIA, 2018
  • Runner up (2nd place) in the category “Best Club/Academy in UAE” on the UAE Teen Sports and Fitness Awards, 2018

As an Athlete:

  • Fencing Champion in Epee and Foil, 4th place Saber 1999-2000
  • Member of the Bulgarian Fencing and Modern Pentathlon Federations
  • Former member of the Bulgarian National Modern Pentathlon Team
  • Modern pentathlon national Champion 1995-98
  • Participant in European Championship 1997
  • Participant in World Championship 1998

Contact: maria@mkfencingacademy.com

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fencing
  • University of National and World Economy

ACHIEVEMENTS

As a Coach

Internationally
  • Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 – Lynn Gedeon – Individual Gold
  • Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 – Omar Belselah – Individual Bronze Arab Championships Cadet Bahrain 2020 – Omar Belselah – Team Bronze
  • Arab Championships Cadet Jordan 2018 – Lynn Gedeon – Individual Bronze and Silver
  • 23rd International Rapir Cup U12 2020 – Anastasia Komarow – Individual Bronze
  • Youth Fencing Championship U14 2018 – Zara Kizilbash – Individual Silver
  • Youth Fencing Championship U12 2018 – Ananya Navalekar – Individual Silver
Nationally
  • Champions in U15, Cadets, Juniors and Adults in both Individual and Team Tournaments 2017-2021

As a Leader:

  • Gold Winner in the category “Best Sport Youth Academy /Organization of the Year” on the UAE Sports Industry Awards SPIA, 2018
  • Runner up (2nd place) in the category “Best Club/Academy in UAE” on the UAE Teen Sports and Fitness Awards, 2018
  • Outstanding Athlete Achievement Traditional Sports U19 Male at the UAE Teen Sports and Fitness Awards 2019

As an Athlete:

  • Bulgarian National Epee Champion from 2004 – 2009 Cadets and Juniors
  • Former member of the Bulgarian National Epee Team 2004 – 2009
  • Participant in multiple EPee World and European Championships