Co-author of Fencing Sabre: A Practical Training Guide for Coaches, Parents and Young Athletes (2010 & 2015 2nd ed.), and Fencing Foil: A Practical Training Guide for Coaches, Parents and Young Athletes (2014), Founder of San Francisco Youth Fencing Club
Maître Rob Handelman came to Halberstadt in 1974 and was the head coach until 1982. He had been in private practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in sports injuries since 1983, and semi-retired in 2005. He is now able to devote more time to fencing.
Rob began fencing in 1968 in New York and competed in sabre. After college, Rob spent nearly three years in Paris at the Institut National des Sports (INS) earning his Fencing Master credential in all three weapons (sabre, foil, épée). He is one of only three Americans to ever graduate from the INS.
He was an A-rated competitor and fenced in many European “A” World Cup competitions. His students have been national finalists, national team members, and national champions in all three weapons. He taught the varsity team at UC Berkeley, and in the summers, he taught coaches’ clinics for the US Fencing Association at the Olympic training center at Squaw Valley, and training camps for our top junior fencers. He has coached US teams at the National Sports Festivals, World Cup Events and Junior World Championships. Maître Handelman is the past chair of the board that certifies fencing instructors for the US Fencing Coaches Association.