Sensei Ahmad Mahdi

Ahmad Mahdi has dedicated his career to addressing the ills afflicting black culture, working primarily as a youth development coordinator and program director. All aspects of the African American experience occupy Mahdi’s attention, but the main thrust of his work has been directed toward improving the education and socialization of black youths. He is the Director of Prince Hall Family Support Center in St. Louis, Missouri and founder and president of Dynamic Communication - a St. Louis-based personal training and educational consulting company that sponsors workshops intended to help educators and parents develop practical solutions to the problems of child-rearing in what he perceives to be a racist society.

Born on August 10, 1956, in Tallahassee, Florida, Mahdi—who adopted this name in 1974—credits disciples of Elijah Muhammad, and his family, with affording him the encouragement, discipline, and stability that would later become the core of his program for the renewal of black society. As a young man, Mahdi volunteered his time at a number of different jobs, working without pay in exchange for learning first-hand how businesses and skilled craftsmen went about their work. Mahdi attended Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1979. Immediately after receiving his degree, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and went on to become a captain in the United States Army. Mahdi has six grown children, four grandchildren, and has been married to his beautiful wife, Khadijah for twenty-three years.

In the Okinawa Karate-Do style of Shorin-ryu, Ahmad has achieved the rank of San-Dan (Third Degree Black Belt) under the instruction of Sensei Ed Barron.