Joseph Vince was born Josef Douglas Vincze in Talpos, Romania (then a part of Hungary), married his first wife in 1917 and emigrated to the United States in 1924.
He won the US National Sabre title in 1925 and shortly after, turned to coaching. He was part of the coaching cadre at the 1936 Olympics and had a hugely successful club in New York that won the US National Women’s Foil team title 10 years in a row. After divorcing his first wife, he married one of his students, Marion Lloyd.READ MORE...
They moved to California around 1938, opened a new Salle Vince in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, and Joseph taught fencing and sold real estate. He wrote a couple of books on fencing, ran a fencing supply company and taught a number of Hollywood elite the sport for film roles, most notably Natalie Wood and Tony Curtis for The Great Race. Upon his retirement, he sold his salle and equipment business to Torao Mori, his long-time assistant.
Janice Lee York Romary was the US National Foil Champion ten times in a span of 18 years from the first win to the last. She represented the United States at the Olympic Games a then-record six times.
Just a quick update for the website today, as it’s a busy week in the land of the West Coast. The San Jose World Cup Men’s Foil event is taking place . . ..
The Joseph Vince Studio was on Santa Monica Blvd, in the heart of Beverly Hills; a grand location to attract an amazing assortment of Talent with a capital T. Quite a number of Movie Stars spent time with Joseph Vince.
To fulfill a request made by a concerned reader of our website, I now present… Fencing! It is, after all, what the website is purportedly about, yet I do tend to get caught up in personalities and storylines. Blame my upbringing. Still, a little fencing tournament...
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