A Brief Biography of Maître Bac
Bac H. Tau, Maître d'Armes, Education Physique et des Sports.
Maître Bac began his fencing career in 1965. He went on to earn the Diplôme de Moniteur d'Escrime from Ligne de l'Académie d'Armes de Paris; the Brevet d'Etat de Prévôt d'Escrime from Ecole Interarmée et des Sports in Fontainebleau; and the Brevet d'Etat de Maître d'Escrime & Education Physique et des Sports, the highest qualification awarded a fencing master, from Institut National du Sports et d'Education Physique in Paris in July, 1970.
Maître Bac traces his fencing heritage back to his distinguished fencing masters. Among those of high prestige include Maître J.L. Le Bail, his first fencing master, of Cercle d'Escrime de Rony sous Bois; Maître M. Piot of Association Sportive de la Police de Paris, Section d'Escrime; and Maître L. Prost, J. Godet, Gourgue, Crizoni and P. Lacaze of Ecole de Maître d'Escrime, Institut National du Sports et d'Education Physique.
Bac has extensive and intensive experience as a competitive fencer in
all three weapons and had taught in various renowned fencing clubs in
Paris. He is currently on the Coaching Commission of the Academie d'Armes
Internationale. Highlights of his coaching experience include being the
National Coach of the Finnish Fencing Federation and the Modern Pentathlon
Federation of Finland, and playing a significant role in Finland's achievements
at the Scandinavian Fencing Championship and at the 1972 Munich Olympic
Games; being the Provincial Coach of the British Columbia Fencing Association
of Canada; and being the Head Coach of the Northern California Fencing
Division of the United States Fencing Association. Maître Bac also has
experience working with physically challenged fencers, having taught the
wheelchair fencers of Association des Paralysées de France, délégation
du Val-De-Marne at Créteil. During the past decade, Maître Bac has focused
his attention and energy on spreading and perpetuating the spirit of the
French school of fencing by initiating novice fencers, training competitive
fencers of all levels and working on his books.