Valkyrie Rapier Open Tournament

The Valkyrie Rapier Open is a tournament series for rapier fighters in Vancouver. Events take place several times per year, and fighters are ranked according to their showing in each event they enter. Rankings are posted publicly, and new fighters can join the ranks at any time.

The fighter pool is currently divided into four categories: Category 1 is for championship level fighters with substantial tournament experience, including winning or consistently medaling in large open tournaments; Categories 2 and 3 are for fighters with some tournament experience, with Category 2 being reserved for fighters who have a win or two under their belts and who are almost ready to compete at the top rank; Category 4 is for fighters with little or no tournament experience. New competitors enter the rankings at the bottom of their category, and fighters may go up or down a category based on their performance in Valkyrie Rapier Open events.

During an event, a fighter will compete primarily against fighters within their own category, with some cross-category fights for Category 1 and 2 fighters. Everyone fights one opponent per round, with fights scored at the first touch. After a pre-determined number of rounds (15 rounds for Categories 1-3, and 7 rounds for Category 4), the fighter in each category with the most wins is declared the category winner, and the fighter with the most wins in the entire tournament is declared the overall winner. Fight pairings will be announced at least 24 hours in advance of the tournament, and fighters are encouraged to follow each others' development from event to event in order to prepare for future matchups.

Current Rankings (as of Valkyrie Rapier Open Tournament IV)

Fighter Win:Loss* Rank Score
Category 1
Jerry Kittel 21:5 400
Matheus Olmedo 35:11 399
Jason Holmfeld 35:10 398
Nelson Godfrey 18:12 397
Shawn Fackler 6:9 396
Erik Hayden 3:12 395
Kaja Sadowski 31:11 394
Vincent Chiu 30:11 393
Category 2
Clinton Fernandes 8:7 300
Greg Kallen 14:27 299
Jordan Both 32:24 298
Philip Persad 30:26 297
Justin Ring 26:30 296
Philip Van Humbeck 12:14 295
Category 3
Jonathan Widjaya 5:10 200
Shane Williamson 4:11 199
Tristan Fackler 7:0 198
Taber Smit 12:2 197
Steven Hoffmann 13:8 196
Danielle Rice 11:10 195
Category 4
Matthew Chan 8:6 100
Justin Litchfield 12:9 99
Cristina Tamer 4:3 98
Claire Wemyss 8:6 97
Terri Grassick 12:20 96
Arturo Gutierrez 5:2 95
Sunny Miao 4:10 94
Sarah Campbell 2:5 93
Paul Dean 3:8 92
Jessica Nguyen 3:15 91
Melanie Northcott 1:6 90
Kat Vriesema-Magnuson 1:10 89

*this column shows lifetime wins and losses for each fighter. Note that some fighters enter the tournament series after the first event, and that a fighter may miss one series event without changing rank. Overall ranking is determined by individual event performance, and not by win total.

Valkyrie Rapier Open Tournament IV first & second place: Jerry Kittel and Kaja Sadowski


Valkyrie Rapier Open Tournament IV Fighters & Volunteers

Living Rules

  • all participants must abide by the Valkyrie WMAA Training Space Rules
  • all fights must abide by the school sparring rules, and will take place at a "Touch Fight" level, as defined by those rules
  • all weapons and safety equipment shall be inspected by tournament organizers prior to the event start
  • each participant shall use the following safety equipment, at minimum:
    • rubber blunt securely affixed with tape to all swords and daggers
    • correctly fitted fencing mask (no movement when you shake your head)
    • correctly fitted gorget (very little gap between the gorget and neck, and complete coverage of the hollow of the throat and cervical vertebrae)
    • groin protection (optional, but strongly recommended)
  • participants shall fight with a rapier, and may also use any of the following secondary weapons. Tournament organizers may disallow any weapon, at their discretion, if it violates safety, fairness, or historicity standards:
    • dagger
    • buckler
    • cloak
    • rapier (case)
  • fight pairings shall be announced in advance, and the first pairing shall be made known to all fighters at least 24 hours before the beginning of the event
  • each fight shall be overseen by two referees (role: to note and immediately address safety issues, and to provide feedback on blow validity for adjudicating disputes) and one judge (role: to announce the start and end of a fight, announce the winner, and adjudicate any dispute)
  • each fight shall continue until a single, decisive hit has been struck, to both fighters' satisfaction. All double-hits and unsatisfactory blows shall result in a re-fight
  • each fighter is responsible for verbally acknowledging every hit that they receive. Their opponent may choose to invalidate a hit that they landed, if they are not satisfied with its execution (eg. if the blade landed flat, or skipped across protective equipment without contacting the body). No fighter may invalidate a hit that they have received
  • if a fighter is unsure about the validity of a hit that they have struck, or if there is disagreement between fighters as to whether a hit was received, referees may be asked to offer additional data on what they saw, and the judge will make a final decision. If available, video evidence may be used as part of the review process. Any continuing uncertainty or substantial dissatisfaction on the part of both fighters shall result in a re-fight
  • if at any point the fighters hear a call of "Hold!" or "Red, red, red!", they shall immediately stop fighting
  • a fighter who notices a safety issue (e.g. a missing blunt or burred weapon) can immediately stop the fight with a call of "Hold!" or "Red, red, red!"
  • the goal of this tournament is to provide a fun and rewarding challenge to all participating fighters, and to allow each fighter to walk away from their fights satisfied with a fair and decisive outcome; any fighter found to be in violation of these goals (e.g. by repeatedly failing to call blows received, bullying or heckling their competitors, aiming to cause harm or injury, etc) shall face disciplinary action up to and including being ejected from the event and banned from future tournaments, depending on the severity of the violation
  • these rules are a living ruleset, and may be updated from event to event; each fighter is responsible for familiarizing themselves with the current ruleset prior to participating in an event

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