Do women fight men?

Of course. There are several reasons for this:
  • The first reason is a practical one, there are usually more men than women in martial arts;
  • As mentioned elsewhere in this FAQ, HEMA is a martial art. Therefore physical attributes or sex are of very little importance for the end result. No matter in which setting you practice and use HEMA;
  • For practical self-defense it is essential that that you train with people of all shapes, sizes, men and women. This will not only help in understanding the subtle differences in size but also give you the experience that it really doesn't matter all that much and thus the confidence to defend yourself against any attacker. For these same reasons it is important for men to practice with women as well;
  • Competitively, in HEMA tournaments you will find tournaments that have gender based as well as mixed competitions.