David Tyshler

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David Tyshler
Personal information
Born (1927-07-13)13 July 1927
Kherson, Ukraine
Died 7 June 2014(2014-06-07) (aged 86)
Sport Fencing

David Abramovich Tyshler (Russian: Давид Абрамович Тышлер; 13 July 1927 – 7 June 2014) was a Russian sabreur, part of the first generation of internationally successful Soviet fencers (Olympic Bronze medalist in 1956 and five-time World Championship finalist between 1955 and 1959). He is best known as an extremely successful and innovative fencing coach. His many star pupils include Mark Midler, Mark Rakita, Viktor Sidjak, Viktor Krovopuskov and Sergey Sharikov. He was involved in choreographing stage and screen combat and made cameo appearances in Russian cinema.

Early life[edit]

Tyshler was Jewish, and was born in Kherson in what is now Ukraine. [1] [2] [3]

Competitive record[edit]

Tyshler won a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in the team sabre competition.[4][5]

Tyshler reached the final round in individual sabre at the 1960 Summer Olympics, finishing in seventh place. He also competed in the team sabre event; the team did not win a medal.[6]

Tyshler won silver and bronze medals in the

  • 1955 World Championship
  • 1956 World Championship
  • 1957 World Championship
  • 1958 World Championship (silver medals in individual and team)[1]
  • 1959 World Championship

Coaching career[edit]

Tyshler coached 5 Olympic champions.[7] He served as a coach of the USSR National team for 13 years. He became a Merited Master of Sports of the USSR, and Honoured Trainer of the USSR.[6]

Tyshler opened fencing schools in Russia and South Africa.[8]

René Roch, President of the FIE, honoured Tysher with a gold medal of the FIE for his untiring dedication to the sport of fencing.

Academic career[edit]

in 1949 David Tyshler graduated from Central State Order of Lenin Isntitute of Physical Culture (CGOLIFK). In 1983 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in Paedogogical Sciences. In 1984 Tyshler became a professor at what is currently Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism (RGUFKSiT, same place as CGOLIFK but after several name changes). He became Head of the Cathedra of Fencing. In 1995 he won the All-Russian "Sports Elite 1995" contest as "Russia's best scholar in the sphere of Olympic training".

David Tyshler wrote over 170 academic publications, including over 40 books, many of which have been translated into other languages. He also wrote a book on fencing on stage and screen, and an autobiography.[9]

Tyshler was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Charity Fund for Future of Fencing.[10]

Hall of Fame[edit]

Tyshler was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame's induction class of 2015.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, Uri (2010). "Jews in Sport in the USSR". yivoencyclopedia.org (The Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe). Archived from the original on 2015-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Tyshler, David". jewsinsports.org. Archived from the original on 2004-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Obituary". sportedu.ru. June 9, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Olympics Statistics: David Tyshler". databaseolympics.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  5. ^ "David Tyshler Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  6. ^ a b "Tyshler, David". Jews In Sports. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Description of "The Tyshler Footwork Training DVD" of 2003". Archived from the original on April 6, 2006. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ Tyshler Fencing School - homepage
  9. ^ Press Center. "June 7, 2014 at the 87th year died a great fencer, theorist, methodologist, creator of the Soviet school of fencing David Abramovich Tyshler | Press Center". Press.sportedu.ru. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  10. ^ "fencingfuture.org". Web.archive.org. 2007-07-02. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  11. ^ "Late S.F. boxing champ to be enshrined". jweekly.com. 

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