Arthur Tauber

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Julio Martinez Castello
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Julio Martinez Castello
(1882-1973) SPAIN
The United States has been fortunate over the years to attract many notable fencing masters. One of these was Maestro Julio Martinez Castello, a highly successful Spanish fencing master who was born in 1882. He learned to fence at the Royal Academy in Madrid and taught in Spain, Argentina and Cuba before coming to the United States in 1914. He taught at the New York Athletic Club, Yale and Columbia and coached the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team in 1924. Castello accepted the post of fencing master at New York University in 1927 where he stayed until the late 1940s. He produced numerous champions while he was there. While retiring in 1947, he continued to teach on an unofficial basis until his eighties. Furthermore, Castello wrote two books, "Theory of Fencing" (1931) and "The Theory and Practice of Fencing" (1933). His two sons, Hugo and James, were also respected fencing masters.
Ms. Julia Jones was the fencing coach at Hunter College for many years and student of the great fencing master Maestro Julio Martinez Castello.
Mr. Patri Pugliese was the first person to make photo-copies of historical fencing texts available to the public. He did this as a service to those who are interested in classical and historical fencing. He was never motivated by profit or personal recognition but by his love for fencing and history which was instilled in him by his late mother and teacher Ms. Julia Jones who was the fencing coach at Hunter College for many years and student of the great fencing master Maestro Julio Martinez Castello.


Dr. Arthur Tauber, center, wearing his special protective sleeve and padded vest, weighs in during a practice bout in the old gym in the basement of the main building of Yeshiva University to clarify a defensive technique and to help an emerging "Tauberman" make the most of the learning moment .
If anyone is able to identify the fencers in the above photograph, please contact us.