7 fencers showed up to Hawaii’s Youth Melee event on 12/7/13, many of whom were taking the piste for the first time. All of the fencers conducted themselves quite well, offering to help run the tournament and acting admirably in all circumstances. Pace Hammer from Salle Honolulu managed to take the gold, with Neo Takazawa from HFC taking silver. Arianna Dang from Salle Honolulu and Ian Chin from HFC tied for third.
The open event fielded 8 competitors, two of which were up and coming fencers from the youth event. The fencers decided to run a single pool of 8 instead of two of 4 to increase the amount of fencing, leading to many exciting struggles. Ethan Okura of Sword Fight Club managed to come out of the pools with the first seed, losing only once to Jesse Payton from HFC by 1 touch. Jesse was seeded 2nd with two losses by 1 point to Chase Schreiber and Bostjan Macek.
Every bout was exciting, pitting many fencers against each other for the first time. Jesse managed to edge out a win over Bostjan Macek in the semifinals, as did Ethan Okura over Chase Schreiber. This earned Bostjan and Chase admirable 3rd place finishes. Jesse and Ethan faced each other in the finals, leading a similar bout to the pools. less than a point separated the two fencers, switching leads, until the score was 12-11 in Jesse’s favor. After that, Jesse managed to pull away for a 15-12 victory, earning him the gold, and Ethan Okura the silver.