Robin Taberna grew up in Lathrop on his parents farm. He attended Lathrop School and participated in Little League.
In 1964, he graduated from Manteca High School. He served in the famed White Horse Division of the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he was stationed in Vietnam and Korea. It was in Korea where he studied Tae Kwon Do.
He attended Delta College after his honorable discharge, where he also taught classes to the students in the evening, many of whom were police officers.
In 1982, he started his long volunteer service with the Boys and Girls Club of Manteca, which continues to this day.
He was honored by being nominated for the 1987 President's Volunteer in Action Award, and as "Employee of the Month" at Tracy Defense Depot.
For three years running from 1990—1992, Robin was voted the "Best Official" in the International Martial Arts Competitors' Federation. In 1992, he was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Still active as a competitor, he won championship belts in 1993 and 1994.
In 1992, he received the "Outstanding Service Award" and "Youth Service Award."