The Last Captain


The Last Captain

A Film by Doug Nichols and Gregory Lynch Jr.

George Piller was the top rated saber fencer of his time. He won world championships and gold medals at the Olympics. After he retired, he became one of the best fencing coaches in the world. His Hungarian saber teams were unbeaten for decades.

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If you are in the San Francisco Area, you may purchase the film at Victory Fencing Gear on Taraval St.


Six books – so far! – have been written about topics related to West Coast Fencing.  We’re working on making them available directly from the self-publishing company used to produce them, Blurb.  In the meantime, if you desperately need a copy, contact us!

Five Years: Cabrillo College Fencing

Len Carnighan taught at Cabrillo Community College for just 5 years. In that short time, he created an outstanding program that produced many talented competitors.

The Hungarians of 1956

The domination of the Hungarian sabre fencers lasted for 50 years. Learn the dramatic story of the events that led to a tectonic shift in the fencing world.

Mike D’Asaro

An Olympic fencer and Olympic coach. In between? A New York hippie who landed in San Francisco just in time for the Summer of Love.

Hans Halberstadt

Collected for the induction of Hans Halberstadt into the US Fencing’s Hall of Fame, this book is full of images that trace Hans’ life from his earliest days in Germany to his later years in San Francisco.

Charles Selberg

Charlie was a hugely popular instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. These images and stories give a glimpse into his life before and after his Santa Cruz days.

The Fencing Life of Helene Mayer

This book provides a look into the fencing career of one of the greatest athletes of the first half of the 20th Century. Helene Mayer was a champion fencer and great friend yet remains an enigma.





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