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Brian Kaneshige



Event: Foil
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 145 lbs.
School: Columbia High School
Club: Empire United Fencing
Coach: Jed Dupree and Sean McClain
Hobbies: Playing classical piano (has played for 13 years)
People would be surprised to know that... I have been a classical pianist for 12 years and have performed numerous recitals and orchestra concerts...  I have lived in the NYC area my entire life and am a big Boston Red Sox fan.

Junior World Championship Teams: 2011 (Gold - Team)
Cadet World Championship Teams: 2010

Recent Career History


  • Gold - Junior World Championships (Team)


  • Gold - Paris Cadet European Cup 
  • Gold - Junior Olympic Fencing Championships (U17)
  • Silver - Montreal Junior World Cup 
  • Silver - Junior Olympic Fencing Championships (U20)
  • Bronze - Burgsteinfurst Junior World Cup
  • Fifth - Cabries Cadet European Cup
  • 44th - Cadet World Championships 


How did you start fencing?

My older sister, Christina, was a foil fencer, and I also wanted to try.

What has been your favorite moment while fencing?
Winning the Cadet event in the Paris Fencing Marathon in February 2010.  It was the first time in my fencing career that I won a major event.

What is you motivation?
To strive for the ultimate achievement, making the Olympic team.  I feel that each step makes the goal more real.

Who has influenced your fencing career and how?
My first coach, Buckie Leach, inspired me to set high goals, but always review competition bouts to analyze my performance in order to improve for the next event.

What are your goals this year and in the future?
My goal was to attain the Cadet National Team this year because it was my last chance.  I want to perform at my peak at Cadet Worlds. in the future, I'm striving for the Junior and Senior team.

How do you train?
I train at Empire United Fencing Club four times a week. the club coaching uses an innovative mix of group drills, individual lessons, bouting and physical warm-ups, stretching, and yoga.

What are some of the biggest hurdles / challenges you've had to overcome in your fencing career?
There were several events that I had very painful injuries that I had to persevere through and the challenge this year was to make the Cadet team while taking four A.P. classes as a high school junior.

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