San Luis Highlanders Fencing Club


San Luis Highlanders Fencing Club is a non-profit fencing club serving San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas of the Central California Coast. We welcome all abilities and skill levels. If you have fenced before and you are looking for some friendly competition, or if you're brand new to the sport, welcome!

The sport of fencing offers excellent physical and mental challenges for all ages!

Contact Coach Eric for more information.


First Presbyterian Church,

Third Floor Gym

981 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo


Fall 2022 Schedule

Mondays - 6:30pm to 8:00pm –

Youth and adult recreational fencing, beginning fencing class

Mondays - 8:00pm to 10:00pm –

Recreational and competitive fencing, individual lessons

Thursdays - 7:00pm to 10:00pm -- Recreational and competitive fencing, individual lessons and/or group instruction (Possible saber class TBD if enough interest)

Meet Our Coaches

Eric McDonald

Highlanders' Head Coach, Eric has competed in all three weapons. A USFCA certified instructor since 1986, he has achieved the highest level in both Foil and Epee. Head coach of numerous teams, Eric served as the Head Coach for the Cal Poly Fencing Club for 20 years, successfully leading the team to numerous conference championships.

Ward Cochran

Ward is a foil coach at San Luis Highlanders and Cal Poly Fencing Clubs. Ward started fencing foil in 1978 at Cuesta College, under the instruction of Adele Frey and John Harris. He began coaching at Cuesta in 1983, and became interested in epee due to Eric McDonald. He has continued to fence and compete in both foil and epee since 1995.

Kyle Yamasaki

Kyle started fencing in 2003 and began coaching at San Luis Highlanders and Cal Poly Fencing club in 2012. Still aserious competitor, Kyle is a Moniteur level coach in epee with the USFCA, and rated as a referee for both foil and epee.

Sean Graham

Sean began fencing at Cal Poly in 1999. Saber is his preferred weapon. He is currently the Head Coach of the Cal Poly Fencing Club, part-time coach of San Luis Highlanders, and the professional toddler wrangler of the Graham household.

Contact Coach Eric

Eric McDonald, Head Coach


Tel: 805-542-9802

Cell: 805-704-5251