is a very personal endeavor. Each fencer who picks up a sword
brings his or her entire being to the field of play. The rules
of the sport can be read in a book. The techniques employed to
protect oneself from the opponent's attacks and to score against
them have been written about and expounded upon from before the
sport of fencing was made into a sport with the advent of the
bendable blade; back to when warriors and the citizenry at large
learned to fence because it was the way of the world. Everybody
who was anybody knew how to fence and wore a sword for personal
who it was who had taught them how to use their sword would have
made a tremendous difference in how well any particular swordsman
handled him or herself in combat. That was and is still true today.
might be thought that superior fencers or swordsmen would make
superior fencing teachers. But, that would depend on how good
a teacher the teacher really was; how well they had learned their
lessons; how broadly their skills had been tested in the arenas
of the fencing world; how able they were at expressing their knowledge
to their students and, perhaps most important of all, how much
they cared about their students and the depth of sincerity they
had for success of their students.
Tauber fenced at the highest levels. His skills were unmatched.
His understanding of the sport of fencing was perfection itself.
And, he cared deeply for his students. He knew what they went
trough to even be able squeeze in the time to take a lesson. He
knew their work load in school and what it meant to be a Yeshiva
College student. He knew they came to him with absolutely no fencing
he was able to introduce the sport to a select number of students
each season from 1951 to 1986 when he retired. He was able to
fire their enthusiasm in the various weapons and mold teams from
year-to-year that competed impressively against college varsity
teams that had attracted athletes who had been fencing in some
cases from childhood.
"Taubermen" fenced well after their college fencing
careers had ended. Some fenced in general competitions. Some taught
fencing to summer campers, in their graduate school communities
and, in one instance of which we are aware, a “Tauberman”,
Drew Kopf, became a fencing coach and passed the Arthur Tauber
School of Fencing and Life on to students Coach Tauber may never
know but who benefited from his great abilities in a direct line
Tauber served as the Coach of the Yeshiva College Fencing Team
from 1949 to 1985. Click on a year below for that year's Fencing
Team record, individual records, photographs, a summary of that
year in fencing and a roster of that year's Fencing Team members.
They are the "Taubermen." If you know of anyone who
we may have inadvertently omitted from this list, or if you have
any photographs or other memerobilia that you would care to share,
please contact us with the details so we may perfect this presentation.