A BIT ABOUT WHO WE ARE
Isabel P. Alvarez
Founder and Head Fencing Coach
Profencing is the Premier Fencing Club in Central Ohio and an official club member of the United States Fencing Association of the division of Colombus-OH since 2007.
I am Isabel Patricia Alvarez, Profencing's founder, and head fencing coach. Fencing has been my life since I was 11 years old. I had been in the sport of fencing for more than 40 years. I competed for Colombia at world cups and world championships until the qualification for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Although at one point in my fencing career I placed among the top 50 ranked foil fencers in the world, and ranked 3rd in the Pan-American Zone, my biggest accomplishment has been founding Profencing in 2004.
Profencing is a Fencing Training Center for the development of the youth and of high performance fencers. The principles of Profencing integrate the optimal development-physical and mental- of all participants within a safe and healthy environment for the learning, practice and enjoyment of the sport of fencing.
The core of our Fencing Training Center is our Elite Youth Fencing and Fencing 4Life programs. The Elite Youth Fencing Program trains and develop competitive fencers from ages 8 and up. The Fencing 4Life Program is an ongoing open fencing program for all ages and skills, who wants to enjoy the sport of fencing as a recreational and fun activity.
During my fencing career I had been lucky to meet extraordinary people who had a big influence in my life and in my career as a fencer and as a fencing coach. I trained under Coach Buckie Leach, former foil Coach at Fencers Club in New York and U.S. Olympic Coach in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 Olympics. Also I had the privilege to train under Gia Abashidze , former foil coach at Ohio State University and currently foil coach at Penn State University. They were the ones who taught me the fencing techniques and tactics that now I try to pass on to my students. I hope to be an inspiration to my students as my coaches were to me.
I personally believe that in the sport of fencing as in anything else in life, striving to become the best is a long journey that requires, dedication, constant learning, innovation and hunger for more knowledge, but most importantly: Passion!
2001- Coaches College at the Olympic training Center in Colorado Springs under Foil Coach Alex Beguinet, Head Fencing Coach at Duke University and Maestro Ed Richards. Foil and Saber Coach Certification.
2004 - Founded Profencing-Proesgrima - now called Profencing LLC, - Fencing club in Floral Park, NY
2001-2005 Coached the varsity men and women foil and saber team at Hunter College in New York.
2005-2006 Coached the Varsity women foil team at Yeshiva University, NYC
2008- Open Profencing Youth training program in Dublin Oh.
2006-2010 I took foil coaching lessons from Coach Gia Abadshidze, former foil coach at OUS and currently foil coach at Penn State.
2009 Profencing LLC was incorporated in Ohio, and opened the first fencing club in Westerville-OH.
2011- I took foil coaching lessons from Coach Amgad Khazbak, US Olympic foil Coach for the 2012 and 2014 Olympics and current USA National Coach. Coach Amgad continues being also one of my mentors.
2012 Prévôt Foil and Saber clinic at the US Fencing College Association with Coach Robert Handelman, San Francisco CA.
2014 Prévôt Foil and Saber clinic at Notre Dame University by USFCA.
2016 Profencing moved to Lewis Center, OH
1976-1986 Started fencing under coach Sara Gaviria- Buga-Colombia and won several regional, national, South American titles.
1990-1993 Trained under the legendary Julia Jones-Pugliese, head coach at Hunter College and founder of the National Intercollegiate Women's fencing Association.
1998-2005 trained under Buckie Leach foil Coach at Fencers Club in New York and U.S. Olympic Coach in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympics. Under Buckie I represented Colombia at the 2004 Women Foil World Championships in New York and fenced at several world cups in China, Cairo, Korea, Venezuela and ranked among the top 50 fencers in the world.
2006-2010 I trained under Under Coach Gia Abadshidze at OSU and competed at the 2006 Torino World Championships, at the 2006 and 2007 Zonal Pan-American Championships, and placed 5th at the Buenos Aires world Cup and ranked 3rd in the Pan-American Zone for the Beijing Olympics. Coach Gia continues to be my mentor and occasionally Coach Gia directs our Elite Training camps at Profencing.
2018 Lecturer Professor at Ohio State University -Fencing
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Bachelor Degree in Moder Languages -Hunter College, NY
Langauges: English, Spanish, Italian
Currently, I am pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree at Otterbein University in Psychology and Art Studio with a concentration in Ceramics.
Besides fencing, my second passion is ceramics and sculpture, I enjoy make art pieces related to fencing.
I also worked at JPMorgan Chase where I was an AVP in the Procurement Department for Bank Retail Services,
IT Procurement Specialist
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. – New York, NY
I was responsible for purchasing hardware, software, and contract services for Retail Banking .
Managed hardware inventory for distribution and deployment in new and existing branches in all regions in the USA.
Participated in weekly meetings with vendors to follow the manufactures of hardware parts and updates for deliveries.
Tracked purchase orders for delivery and fulfillment.
Coordinated weekly meetings for deployment of new builds.
Currently, I teach fencing in the Department of Human Science and Ecology at Ohio State University.