Charles Koch

Koch, Charles

Charles Koch

“Charlie” Koch, the first sabre specialist in New York fencing circles, “arrived at the ripe old age of three score and ten (by his own admission) and gave a long and devoted service to the Club. Starting as a very young lad in the Fencing class of the New York Turn Verein, under the tutelage of George Heintz, Sr., Charlie soon became an enthusiastic and expert Wielder of the Sword” and gradually devoted more of his time to sabre fencing than to his regular profession of jewelry worker, and upon the organizing of the Central Turn Verein (about 1884) became the Instructor of Fencing at that institution. Here he first attracted more than passing notice by his development of the winners of the first “Team match” in 1888.” He is the first fencing coach known to be solicited from another club to join the NYAC with his championship team (1892). During his many years of service, he trained 8 National Saber Champions: R. O. Haubold, C. A. Bill, G. M. Hammond, Chas. G. Bothner, George Kavanagh, Frank L. Slazenger, A. G. Anderson, and K. B. Johnson. “Charlie” Koch retired in the summer of 1927.

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