Meet Our Instructors


Rob Handelman, D.C., Maître d’Armes

Founder | Instructor

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)

Rob Handelman, D.C., Maître d’ArmesMaître 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.

Connie Louie, Ph.D., Maître de Sabre

Founder | Instructor

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)

Dr. Connie LouieDr. Connie Louie was a competitive fencer in foil for 16 years. She has trained with the French national team and has competed internationally. Dr. Louie was also a member of the US Olympic Training Squad for three years and fenced with the US Women’s Foil Team in Europe. She placed 4th individually in the 1981 Nationals and captain of the 2nd place team. In 2006, Dr. Louie received her Moniteur certificates in both foil and sabre, in June 2009 her Prévôt certificate in sabre, and Feb 2013 her Maître in sabre from the US Fencing Coaches Association.

Dr. Louie earned a doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 1994 and is a licensed psychologist specializing in sports psychology.

While serving in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-2012, Captain Louie, Army psychologist, taught sabre to soldiers. The classes helped soldiers stay fit and uphold their fighting spirit.

Sándor Mándoki, Moniteur d’Armes, Prévôt de Sabre

Instructor

Sándor Mándoki, Moniteur d’Armes, Prévôt de SabreSándor started fencing in 2001 under the tutelage of Joe Manzano at City College of San Francisco. He later switched to Halberstadt Fencers’ Club in 2005, first as a competitor, where he is rated in all three weapons, and now as a coach as well.

Sándor started his coaching career as the head coach of the Galileo High School Fencing team in 2007, where he continues to coach currently.

He has coached with the Sabre Youth program since 2011, and has been working with Maître Rob Handelman, both as a competitor, earning his A rating in épée and foil, C in sabre, and as a coach, receiving his Moniteur d’Armes certification in all three weapons and his Prévôt de Sabre from the United States Fencing Coaches’ Association.

In addition to coaching and competing, Sándor is a rated referee, where he referees local, national, and international tournaments.

Les Tom, Moniteur de Sabre

Instructor

Les Tom, Moniteur de Sabre

Les came to Halberstadt when his daughter, Kristen, joined the sabre program in 2008. Gradually, Les volunteered more and more helping the younger fencers get dressed and ready to fence. He started to assist with warm-ups, coaching, and refereeing during the bouts.

Les wanted to know more, and with Rob and Connie’s training and lessons, Les received his Moniteur de Sabre certification from the USFCA in February 2016.