HEY! Where the HEMA Women At?: A Graphical Analysis of Women’s Tournaments and Participation

Ever wonder about the prevalence of women competitors and tournaments tailored for them at events? Well, we’re going to take a little dive into the fHEMAle world now.

The data we’ll be looking at was provided by HEMA Ratings. The data has information on various events from 2012 through 2021 with data points for the number of competitors in mixed longsword tournaments, the number of competitors in women’s longsword tournaments, and the number of competitors that overlap between the two. Along the way, I will demonstrate how you always have to question your data and mess with it a little bit to tell a more accurate story, because statistics lie.

A couple things to keep in mind about this data:

  • For this article, we are concerned with only mixed longsword and women’s longsword events. There are some events which don’t offer mixed or women’s longsword tournaments. They do exist! We’ve eliminated these 77 events from the data before putting it into the graphs so they don’t do wonky things to various calculations.
  • HEMA Ratings does not contain information for every single HEMA event. This is especially true for events occurring prior to 2016. Keep this in the back of your mind while you are reading through.
  • The data is presented at the event-level. This means that we do not have insight into the individual competitors. There is no way to know if a competitor competed at just one event or ten. Realistically, who has the vacation time for ten events in any given year? Maybe the Europeans. The point is, the various counts you’ll see in the graphs below are the sum of competitors at the events rather than the count of distinct competitors.
  • There is no way to definitively identify a competitor as male or female. I mean, I’ve never had to identify my gender on an event registration form, have you? Therefore, we must use the count of competitors in women’s tournaments as a proxy for the number of women at an event. Additionally, we identify women who compete in mixed longsword tournaments by comparing the names of the mixed longsword participants to those in the women’s tournaments. This means that we could be missing the ladies who only take pleasure in beating up men and participate solely in mixed tournaments. This becomes quite problematic when looking at events that don’t offer women’s longsword tournaments, therefore a lot of these graphs limit their analysis to just those events which offer women’s tournaments in addition to mixed tournaments.
  • COVID messed with things. Expect to see data that doesn’t follow volume trends in 2020 and 2021.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… time for some graphs!

A Look At Event Count

The first interesting statistic to look at is exactly how often women’s tournaments are offered at events.

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In this graph, the total bar represents the number of events with mixed longsword tournaments, with orange being the share that also offers a women’s tournament. The red line shows the percentage of times women’s tournaments are offered.

What this graph tells us is that the number of events in general has grown dramatically, from just three in 2012 to 144 in 2019 (as mentioned, we see wonky things happening in the most recent years because of COVID). Not only does the overall number of tournaments increase over time, but also the raw number of women’s events. In fact, women’s events are growing at a faster pace than mixed events, as indicated by the red line. One supposition is that existing events that previously offered only mixed longsword are adding women’s longsword to their roster of tournaments in addition to new events having women’s longsword at inception.

An Understanding of Event Participation

While we can consider just the increase of offerings of women’s tournaments at events, it would also be prudent to look at participation in these events. Some of these graphs won’t focus specifically on women’s tournaments or participation, but it helps to tell the story.

To begin, we will look at the number of competitors in mixed tournaments.

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This histogram shows us how many mixed tournaments on the y-axis contain the number of participants along the x-axis. The blue bars are in increments of 10 participants, so the first bar represents the number of tournaments having 1-9 competitors, the second bar being the number of tournaments having 10-19 competitors, and so on. 

As we can see from this graph, the number of small tournaments has increased greatly over time, whereas larger tournaments have increased at a more moderate rate.

We can see similar trends when looking at women’s tournaments, with small tournaments increasing more rapidly than larger tournaments.

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The bars in this graph are in increments of 5 participants rather than 10.

So what about the total number of participants for events? Isn’t that a great stat to look at? Well, not really, but we’ll look at it anyway.

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What we see with this graph is that the number of competitors at events has skyrocketed over the years, with almost an exponential trend. It also seems to suggest that there are an almost comparable number of competitors at events which only offer mixed tournaments to those of events which offer both mixed and women’s tournaments.

So why do I say that this isn’t really a good metric to look at? This graph will explain it a bit more.

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This visualization shows us that the average number of participants at events which only have mixed events is smaller than the average number of participants at events which offer both mixed and women’s tournaments. Remember the earlier histogram that showed that smaller events are increasing at a faster rate than larger events? The volume of small events is what drives up the raw number of participants rather than it being the classification of events with mixed only versus mixed and women’s events.

An interesting thing to note about participation in general is that the average number of participants at events seems to be on the decline. It is quite apparent for events that offer both mixed and women’s tournaments, which also drives down the size of events overall. Though this may seem counterintuitive to the previous graph which shows large increases in participation, remember that we cannot determine the number of unique participants in a given year. The average number of participants removes the chance for duplicate individuals because you can only register once for an event.

Let’s take a closer look at the idea that larger tournaments offer women’s tournaments:

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This histogram shows the percentage of times a women’s tournament is offered compared to how large the mixed tournament is. The bars are in size increments of 10.

As we can see from this histogram, smaller events tend not to offer women’s tournaments as often as their larger counterparts. We can also see that those percentages do not shift much over time.

Women’s Tournaments Participation

So what about the actual participation of women in tournaments? We have ladies who participate in both mixed tournaments and women’s tournaments, and then we have those who only compete in women’s tournaments. We will dive into the former cohort first. Keep in mind that for this section we have eliminated any tournaments which do not offer women’s events from the analysis.

We’ll start by looking at another bad representation of data. Keep in mind what was said at the beginning of this article: these analyses underestimate the actual amount of women competing because we do not have insight into which participants who only participate in the mixed tournaments are actually women.

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Again, this one is not quite telling the right story because we are looking at the count of participants. Similar to the earlier graph of total event participants, we have the problem of event count driving up the number of participants because a person can compete at multiple events. However, we do see a somewhat interesting piece of information that shows that the percentage of competitors in both the mixed & women’s tournaments is overall increasing.

We should probably look at another graph.

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Once again, the average number of participants paints a much clearer picture. We see that the average number of people who only compete in mixed tournaments has decreased over time, which jives with our other look at event participation that showed a decrease. We do, however, see that the average number of women who compete in both mixed and women’s tournaments has remained relatively stable at approximately 1 to 3 competitors per mixed tournament year over year. Because the average number of mixed-only participants is going down while the average mixed-and-women’s participants remains stagnant, it artificially inflates the percentage of women participating in both events.

Now, what about statistics for women’s tournaments in particular? Let’s take a look.

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This time I’m not even going to take you down the rabbit hole of showing you a misleading graph before telling you the better way to interpret the data. Instead, I’ve slapped the average line right on this graph. As with mixed tournaments and overall event participation, we see the same almost-exponential trend of increasing participants, but when looking at the average number of participants, we see a decreasing trend.

Now let’s dive into women’s tournament participation versus mixed tournament participation.

We see here that the mixed tournament participation growth (teal) looks huge in comparison to the women’s tournament participation growth (orange). However, is it fair to say that mixed participation is outpacing women’s participation? We have a graph for that!

This graph shows us the percent increase of tournament participants year over year. Keeping with the same color schema as above, we see that there are some years where women’s tournament participation growth exceeds that of mixed tournament participation growth. Depending on your year range for calculating the percent increase, you could certainly make your case for either group to be growing faster. If we look at the percent increase between 2012 and 2019, we have a 3761% increase for mixed tournaments participation and a 3375% increase for women’s tournaments participation, so somewhat similar growth.

Another interesting thing to look at is how many women participate exclusively in women’s tournaments.

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The total bar represents the average number of participants in a women’s tournament, teal represents the women who participate in both mixed and women’s, and orange is the women who participate in just women’s tournaments. From this visualization, we can see the steady decline in the average number of participants by year as we discussed in the graph above. However, in this graph, we see that the percentage of women who participate exclusively in women’s tournaments is declining. Does this mean that more women are becoming comfortable participating in mixed tournaments? The blue line would indicate that, right?

How about we look at the graph like this instead.

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Here we’ve flipped which color is on the bottom to be able to compare the values a bit better. While it was hard to see when teal was on top, we can now better see that the number of women who participate in mixed tournaments doesn’t actually shift a whole lot, going between 1-3 women (which is the same statistic we saw in the prior discussion about average number of women in mixed tournaments, if you recall). The decreasing number of women in women’s tournaments is what is driving the percent exclusivity down, not that more women are participating in mixed tournaments.

Are Some Countries Better for Women than Others?

The last thing we’re going to dig into is a country-level view of women’s tournaments. We will look at data from 2019 only because it has the largest number of tournaments offered, thus providing enough data points to maybe be considered a valid analysis (but that’s a loose maybe).

One basic metric is how many times women’s tournaments are offered in each country.

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The orange bar shows the number of women’s tournaments offered at events during the year, and the blue dots tell us what percentage of the time women’s tournaments were offered at events. One thing to point out is that most of the 0% countries only had 1-3 events in total, with Spain having offered 6 events. The US and Italy have the most tournaments for women in terms of volume, but the US performs poorly in the actual percentage of events offering women’s tournaments.

Now let’s look at women’s participation by country. The first thing I want to show is the number of participants in women’s tournaments by country to illustrate another point about graphs concealing the truth.

Again, we don’t know how many of these participants are unique, but that isn’t the only problem here. Let’s take a look at the US, which has the highest number of event participants, and Italy, the second highest by about half. What we do not consider in this graph is that the US has just over twice the population of Italy, so of course they’re going to naturally have a larger amount of raw individuals interested in HEMA. If we wanted to be rigorous, we could look at this in some type of per capita view, but I’m lazy, so we’re not going to… we’re just going to caveat that we are looking at raw counts of individuals.

Let’s take another look at participation.

Here we see the average number of women participating in women’s tournaments by country in orange, the percentage of the overall event population represented by women as a blue dot, and the percentage of overall event population when excluding events not having a women’s tournament as the red dot. If no red dot is showing, that means all events at a given country had a women’s tournament, and therefore the red and blue dots are equal. 

Based on the percentage of events and the number of participants at events, we can also look at the amount of opportunity for each country. In a previous  section, we saw a discrepancy in the amount of event participants between events that do and do not offer women’s events; what we will try to figure out is how many additional participants could be gathered at an event if all events offered women’s tournaments.

The first thing to point out is the large number of countries that have zero opportunity; this is because some of those countries already had a 100% rate of offering women’s tournaments while the others did not have a single women’s tournament to establish what the increase is when offering women’s tournaments. The opportunity for more participants is the highest, by far, in the US, which has an estimated increase of over 150 participants if all events offered women’s tournaments.

And What About Mixed Tournaments By Country?

We can also look at the average number of women participating in both women’s and mixed tournaments.

If we want to take a step back and compare participation in the US in comparison to all other countries, we see the following.

What this graph shows is that the US has a much higher percentage of women who compete in mixed tournaments than all other countries. 

To Wrap It Up

Now that you have graph fatigue, you may have forgotten some of the key points from this article. I’ll sum it up for you:

  • More women’s tournaments are being offered at events. The same is true for mixed tournaments. The exciting thing for the female HEMA community is that women’s tournaments are growing at a faster rate than mixed tournaments!
  • The new tournaments that are being offered tend to have fewer participants. This means that the average number of participants at tournaments has gone down. This is true for both women’s and mixed tournaments.
  • Even though the average number of participants at events has gone down, the amount of total participation has gone up! The overall percent increase of women’s tournament participation is about the same as mixed tournament participation. Keep in mind that it’s very difficult to tell if this means that the number of individual HEMA competitors is up or if it just means that the same competitors are showing up to every tournament. Spoiler: there may be a future article on this.
  • Women’s participation in mixed tournaments has remained the same over the years, with about 1-3 participants on average per mixed tournament. However, it is important to remember that this is underestimated because of the way data is collected.
  • The US offers the highest number of women’s tournaments out of all countries looked at. However, the US also has one of the lowest percentages of women’s tournaments offered at events, with only about one of every four events offering a women’s tournament. There’s huge room for improvement on this!
  • In the US, women make up about 15% of an event’s participants if a women’s tournament is offered. If all events offered women’s tournaments in 2019, there would have been about 155 more participants across these events. To all the event organizers out there– this seems like low-hanging fruit to get some easy registration $$$.

  • Lastly, data and graphs can be misleading; sometimes it’s done on purpose, but I’d like to think it usually happens because the person throwing together the charts and statistics doesn’t have an analytical background or maybe doesn’t have the subject background to ask the right questions of the data (full disclaimer– I’m not perfect either, and I’ve been doing this for over ten years). Always think about what is being shown to you, whether it can have more than one interpretation, or if more information is needed to draw a solid conclusion.

All The Data

NameDateCountryMixedWomenOverlap
Swordfish 20112011-11-04SE4400
ŚKUNKS 20122012-05-20PL1600
Longpoint 20122012-06-14US4400
World Wide Open Longsword Championship 20122012-08-04DE000
Swordfish 20122012-11-02SE66162
Örebro Öppna Långsvärdsturnering 20132013-04-26SE3200
Longpoint 20132013-07-12US68105
Bergen Open 20132013-08-16NO2400
PNW HEMA Gathering 20132013-08-23US3900
International Lowlands HEMA Gathering 20132013-09-07NL1600
Swordfish 20132013-10-31SE65151
Helsinki Longsword Open 20142014-01-18FI3900
Shortpoint 20142014-02-22US800
I. Budapesti Kardvívó Torna2014-02-22HU2000
SoCal Swordfight 20142014-04-02US000
Örebro Open 20142014-04-11SE3700
II. Budapesti Kardvívó Torna2014-05-24HU1300
UISP 20142014-05-24IT000
Fechtschule New York 20142014-05-30US1600
Copenhagen Open Longsword 20142014-05-31DK2700
Longpoint 20142014-07-17US79159
PNW HEMA Gathering 20142014-08-08US29102
Bergen Open 20142014-08-08NO2600
International Lowlands HEMA Gathering 20142014-09-06NL12110
IGX 20142014-09-26US1600
Swordfish 20142014-10-31SE66104
I. Bihartordai Kardvívó Torna2014-11-15HU1800
Anvil 20142014-11-27CA1700
Pardubický meč 20142014-12-06CZ2100
Helsinki Longsword Open 20152015-01-31FI35100
Vasaslaget 20152015-03-06SE2400
III Budapest MHS nylon és feder Kardvívó torna2015-03-07HU2100
Copenhagen Open 20152015-04-18DK52130
Fecht BA 20152015-04-18SK3300
Örebro Open 20152015-05-29SE38100
Paris HEMA Open 20152015-06-06FR3500
CombatCon 20152015-06-25US5684
Longpoint 20152015-07-24US962611
PNW HEMA Gathering 20152015-08-21US3781
International Lowlands HEMA Gathering 20152015-09-05NL1200
Jyväskylän Pitkämiekka 20152015-09-12FI2260
Ascent Saber Tournament 20152015-09-20RU000
IGX 20152015-10-02US5700
HEFFAC 20152015-10-10NL5800
Tyrnhaw 20152015-10-19SK3300
Johann Georg Pascha Turnier 20152015-10-29DE1000
Swordfish 20152015-10-30SE78231
SoCal Swordfight 20152015-11-06US85116
TaurHEMAchia 20152015-11-09IT4741
Helsinki Bolognese Open 20152015-11-21Fi000
CSEN 20152015-11-29IT000
Pardubický meč 20152015-12-05CZ2100
DC HEMA Open 20162016-01-15US6300
Helsinki Longsword Open 20162016-01-23FI34120
Broken Point 20162016-02-06US4000
Vasaslaget 20162016-02-26SE3200
AIMA 20162016-03-04IT800
Montpellier HEMA Tournament 20162016-03-12FR000
Montpellier HEMA Tournament 20162016-03-12FR2400
Purpleheart Armory Open 20162016-03-18US6081
BFHS Spring Exchange 20162016-03-27UK800
Norway Open 20162016-04-08NO3770
Icebreaker 20162016-04-16US2400
Fecht BA 20162016-04-16SK4300
Rocky Mountain Krieg2016-04-22US3000
Big Moscow Tournament 20162016-04-23RU2560
Study in Steel 20162016-04-30US4600
EHMS salikisa 20162016-05-07FI1000
Fecht Yeah 20162016-05-14US0110
Copenhagen Open 20162016-05-21DK2950
The Dune Longsword Competition 20162016-05-21US2000
Hemathlon 20162016-06-03GR3800
Fechtschule New York 20162016-06-03US7400
Sweden Open 20162016-06-17SE39100
Villeneuve HEMA Tournament 20162016-06-18FR3653
Paris HEMA Open 20162016-06-18FR2441
Dutch Lions Cub 1 20162016-06-25NL2400
CombatCon 20162016-07-07US69133
Astolat HEMA Open 20162016-07-16UK000
Longpoint 20162016-07-21US87240
Edgebana 20162016-07-30UK2400
Dutch Lions Cub 2 20162016-08-14NL2600
Galway HEMA Open 20162016-08-20IE1800
Dutch Lions Cup 20162016-08-27NL64130
Swordplay Australia 20162016-09-01AU4100
Swedish Championships 20162016-09-02SE3260
PNW 2016: Swordsquatch2016-09-09US36102
AHA Glasgow Broadsword Tournament 20162016-09-11UK000
Krump Pow 20162016-09-30US4300
Ascent Saber Tournament 20162016-10-01RU000
W3 20162016-10-02PL4000
TaurHEMAchia 20162016-10-07IT4740
Iron Gate Exhibition 20162016-10-07US3900
Longpoint South 20162016-10-13US7700
HEFFAC 20162016-10-15NL6800
Tyrnhaw 20162016-10-22SK3700
Wrath Point 20162016-10-22US5500
War in the West 20162016-10-29AU1900
Swordfish 20162016-11-04SE74222
Rose City Classic 20162016-11-05US3791
SERFO 20162016-11-11US5975
ISHC Sabre and Longsword open tournament 20162016-11-12IE1000
LangHEMA 20162016-11-19IT5050
Helsinki Bolognese Open 20162016-11-19FI000
Blue Box Longsword Open 20162016-11-19US900
BFHS Autumn Exchange 20162016-11-20UK400
Johann Georg Pascha Turnier 20162016-11-27DE800
Belfast Bladeworks Open Longsword 20162016-12-03UK1400
Pardubický meč 20162016-12-03CZ2300
Falcons Cup 20162016-12-08PL4000
HVN Charity Tournament 20162016-12-10NL000
3. offene Fechtturnier in Kassel2016-12-11DE1600
Capitol Clash: Washington DC HEMA Open 20172017-01-14US6684
Helsinki Longsword Open 20172017-01-20FI51120
Siberian Cup 2017 2017-01-21RU1500
Midwinter Armizare Open2017-01-21US3800
DEMAS Long Sword Tournament 20172017-01-28US1800
Encuentro 20172017-02-04MX3300
CAMO V2017-02-12CL1100
SoCal Swordfight 20172017-02-17US6382
Winter’s End 20172017-02-17US5183
Blade Master 20172017-02-24RU2800
Swedish Championships (qualifiers) 20172017-02-25SE3350
Fecht TN 20172017-02-25SK2100
Winter En-Guard 20172017-02-25IE1600
Durchschlag 20172017-02-25PL1700
AIMA Roma 20172017-03-03IT4481
3rd Annual Tosetti Institute HEMA Tournament2017-03-04US2891
Flowerpoint 20172017-03-04US6000
Arnold Fencing Classic 20172017-03-05US2000
Queen’s Gambit 20172017-03-11US5400
Cup of Enisey 20172017-03-11RU1000
V Budapest MHS nylon és feder Kardvívó torna2017-03-11HU2300
Purpleheart Open 20172017-03-17US2500
Vasaslaget 20172017-03-17SE3200
Duelling Classic 20172017-03-24RU000
Montpellier HEMA Tournament 20172017-03-25FR4584
Savannah Historic Longsword Open 20172017-04-01US2200
North West Tournament 20172017-04-07IT3500
Fecht BA 20172017-04-08SK64135
Scania Open 20172017-04-08SE36110
Open Championship of Ural Federal District 20172017-04-08RU1700
Level One: Military Sabre 20172017-04-08RU000
Broken Point 20172017-04-17US4600
Big Moscow Tournament 20172017-04-21RU5091
Festival of the Sword ’172017-04-22AU5100
Frühlingsfechten 20172017-04-23DE1300
Study in Steel 20172017-04-29US65109
Scherma Medievale nella Città Ideale 20172017-04-29IT6140
Blademasters Cup 20172017-04-29IE1800
HEMAY 20172017-04-30HU800
Fior Di Szatmár 20172017-05-06RO1500
Jihlavský HEMA turnaj 20172017-05-13CZ4800
Rocky Mountain Krieg 20172017-05-13US3400
Icebreaker Open 20172017-05-13US3500
Michigan Medieval Combat Association 10 Year Anniversary Tournament2017-05-14US800
Norway Open 20172017-05-20NO3690
Österreichische Meisterschaft 20172017-05-21AT2463
Paris HEMA Open 20172017-05-27FR3664
EHMS salikisa 20172017-05-27FI700
The May Melee 20172017-05-28UK2700
Fechtschule New York 20172017-06-02US7600
Sweden Open 20172017-06-09SE4880
HEMAC HEMAthlon 20172017-06-09GR3700
Fecht Yeah 20172017-06-17US0180
Villeneuve Hema Tournament 20172017-06-17FR4293
International Lowlands HEMA Gathering 20172017-06-24NL3700
Red Dragon Tourney 20172017-06-24UK1800
Féile na Gaiscígh 20172017-06-30IE3200
Swedish Championships (finals) 20172017-07-01SE840
Longpoint 20172017-07-06US145402
400 Years Tournament2017-07-15AU1500
Astolat HEMA Open 20172017-07-22UK3361
Sword Fight III2017-07-29AU3400
 Fairfax Mini Renaissance Faire 20172017-07-29US1200
Dutch Lions Cub #2 20172017-07-29NL3100
Simply Synthetic2017-08-05IE1500
Combat Con 20172017-08-10US74134
FightCamp 20172017-08-11UK5200
VI Budapest MHS nylon és feder Kardvívó torna2017-08-12HU1100
Belfast Bladeworks 20172017-08-19UK1600
Dutch Lions Cup 20172017-08-25NL98131
Battle of the Bridge 20172017-09-08SE4400
Swordplay Australia 20172017-09-09AU6200
Krump Pow 32017-09-09US4200
Wessex League: Bristol Chapter 20172017-09-16UK2660
PGF Salut birthday tournament 20172017-09-16PL000
Swiss Gathering 20172017-09-23CH3300
Sandstorm 20172017-09-23US4000
Torneo di bara 20172017-09-23AT000
World Broadsword Championship 20172017-09-24AU000
Iron Gate Exhibition 20172017-09-29US6064
TaurHEMAchia 20172017-09-29IT5061
W3 20172017-10-01PL3900
Edgebana 20172017-10-07UK2900
1º Torneio Regional de Esgrima Histórica Riversouth2017-10-08BR1800
Optimus Bucharest HEMA Open Longsword Tournament 20172017-10-13RO2800
HEFFAC 20172017-10-14NL5600
Galway Longsword Open – 26 Commandments 20172017-10-14IE1300
FechtsChile 20172017-10-15CL3200
Tyrnhaw 20172017-10-21SK70111
QuadroHEMiA 42017-10-22UK000
Ascent Sabre Tournament 20172017-10-25RU000
Longpoint South 20172017-10-27US5000
Wessex League: Reading Chapter 20172017-10-28UK2880
Salzburger Landesmeisterschaft 20172017-10-28AT2364
War in the West 20172017-10-28AU1600
Anvil 20172017-10-28CA1300
Swordfish 20172017-11-03SE80191
4. offenes Fechtturnier in Kassel2017-11-04DE2400
Tempest Longsword Open Tournament 20172017-11-05IE1400
SERFO 20172017-11-10US6186
Rose City Classic: 20172017-11-11US4253
HEMA tournament Prague2017-11-11CZ3400
Duels at High Noon 20172017-11-11US1900
Johann Georg Pascha Turnier 20172017-11-12DE1400
Blue Box Longsword Open 20172017-11-18US600
Broadwater Bucklerthon 20172017-11-18UK000
Ligowy Turniej Szabli i Rapiera 20172017-11-18PL000
Niederösterreichische Landesmeisterschaft “Langes Schwert” 20172017-11-19AT1600
I Torneo Vila de Redondela 20172017-11-19ES2200
Wessex League: Bath Chapter 20172017-11-25UK3170
Helsinki Bolognese Open 20172017-11-25FI000
Long Island Point 20172017-12-01US5500
Pardubický-meč 20172017-12-02CZ4100
Tasmanian Swordplay Symposium 20172017-12-02AU1200
Falcons Cup 20172017-12-08PL2750
Wessex League: London Chapter 20172017-12-09UK3161
HVN Singlestick Charity Tournament 20172017-12-10NL000
The IHA Christmas Cup2017-12-15UK700
WinterFecht 20172017-12-16SK000
Swordplay Serbia 20172017-12-16RS2700
Brisia 2017 – HEMA Pro Challenge2017-12-16IT3600
Clash of Steel 20182018-01-07TW3200
DC HEMA Open 20182018-01-12US5452
The Quickening 20182018-01-13IE1000
Helsinki Longsword Open 20182018-01-19FI4880
VII Torneo de Naron 20182018-01-20ES2300
Australia Day Tournament 20182018-01-26AU2040
Silicon Valley Sword Fight 20182018-01-27US900
Blade Master 20182018-02-01RU2460
Encuentro de Artes Marciales Europeas 20182018-02-03MX3564
Queen’s Gambit 20182018-02-09US6500
CAMO VI2018-02-10CL1800
Hema Ianua 20182018-02-11IT4093
HEMAtom 20182018-02-14HR1800
Féile na Gaiscígh 20182018-02-16IE3584
SoCal Swordfight 20182018-02-16US7688
Trenciansky Vorschlag 20182018-02-17SK48111
Ram Point 20182018-02-17US5600
QuadroHEMiA 4.52018-02-18UK900
VXT 2018 – Clermont-Ferrand2018-02-24FR6000
English Sidesword Open 20182018-02-24UK000
Arnold Fencing Classic 20182018-03-02US2000
Durchschlag 20182018-03-03PL2542
AIMA Roma 20182018-03-09IT2973
Axel Pettersson Challenge Tournament 20182018-03-10AU3061
VII. Budapesti MHS párnázott kard és feder torna2018-03-11HU2100
Vasaslaget 20182018-03-18SE3400
FlowerPoint 20182018-03-23US8600
Arizona HEMA League 2018 Event 12018-03-24US2800
Prima Spada HEMA Rapier Tournament2018-03-25AU000
Schwertkampf 20182018-03-29MX1200
Montpellier Hema Tournament 20182018-03-31FR49106
Spring Golden Forests Championship 20182018-03-31RU000
Spring Open Duel Fencing Championship of the Ural Federal District 20182018-04-07RU2750
Purpleheart Open 20182018-04-08US85209
Fiore Open 20182018-04-08AU1600
1º Torneio Sul-brasileiro de Artes Marciais Históricas Europeias2018-04-08BR1200
Swordtrip – the Gathering 20182018-04-13DE44123
Bratislavský Fecht 42018-04-14SK62171
Torneo Abierto 20182018-04-14CL1000
Broken Point 20182018-04-21US5200
Study in Steel 20182018-04-27US5265
Scherma Medievale nella Città Ideale 20182018-04-28IT71164
Blademasters Cup 20182018-04-28IE1800
Frühlingsfechten 20182018-04-28DE2700
Icebreaker Open 20182018-04-28US6300
Big Moscow Tournament2018-04-29RU4052
Fior di Szatmár 20182018-05-03RO2000
Capoferro Open 20182018-05-06AU000
Torneo Pontevedra2018-05-12ES2000
Athens HEMA Open 20182018-05-13GR1500
Montréal Sword Meisters 20182018-05-18CA3000
Victoria Highland Games Open 20182018-05-19CA48127
Level One Dueling Sabre and Longsword 20182018-05-19RU3080
The May Melee 20182018-05-25UK2500
ÖFHF Austrian Championships 20182018-05-26AT32105
Trofeo ARA 20182018-05-26IT3172
Anvil 20182018-05-26CA2200
Žilinský Kumšt I.2018-06-02SK42143
Oslo Penguin Cup 20182018-06-02NO4382
OPEN AMHE Toulouse 42018-06-02FR5700
Sidesword Open 20182018-06-03AU000
Dutch Lions Cub #1 20182018-06-03NL2000
HEMAC Hemathlon 20182018-06-08GR4070
Baton Rouge Open 20182018-06-09US521311
MUTINÆNIS – Torneo Nazionale delle Discipline HEMA 2018-06-09IT2400
Arizona HEMA League 2018 Event 22018-06-10US1900
World Broadsword Championship 20182018-06-11AU000
Boar’s Tooth 20182018-06-16US3100
Torneo 100Tolos HEMA2018-06-16ES1600
I Torneo Master “Memorial Achille Marozzo” 20182018-06-17IT000
Villeneuve Hema Tournament 20182018-06-18FR2395
Fecht Yeah 20182018-06-20US0290
Paris HEMA Open 20182018-06-23FR2700
La Curée de Mélusine II2018-06-23FR1600
Black Horns Cup 20182018-06-23PL3400
All’s Faire HEMA Tournament2018-06-23US1300
Wrathpoint 20182018-06-30US3200
Treffen Historischer Fechter Deutschlands 20182018-06-30DE900
II Torneo del Hierro2018-06-30ES1300
Swedish Championships 20182018-07-06SE3260
Albion Cup 20182018-07-07UK36144
Lord Baltimore’s Challenge2018-07-07US000
Festival of the Sword ’182018-07-13AU1641
Clash of the Towers2018-07-14IE1800
QuadroHEMiA 52018-07-22UK700
Sword Fight IV2018-07-28AU3200
Cornhusker State Games 20182018-07-28US3000
Dutch Lions Cub #2 20182018-07-28NL2800
Combat Con 20182018-08-02US99145
Points North 20182018-08-04CA3800
II. Bicornio HEMA Gathering2018-08-10HU2133
Helsinki Bolognese Open 20182018-08-10FI000
FightCamp 20182018-08-15UK5200
Dutch Lions Cup 20182018-08-25NL75170
1st HERA Event2018-08-25AU2900
NeCro 20182018-08-25HR1200
Clash of Claymores2018-09-01US2200
The Horned Crown 20182018-09-01IE2100
Swordplay Australia 20182018-09-06AU4300
Battle of the Bridge 20182018-09-07SE70107
Wessex League 2018: London Chapter2018-09-08UK33103
The Battle of Buffalo 20182018-09-08US1600
Tremonia Fechtschule 20182018-09-09DE1000
Mid Atlantic Rookie Tournament: Fighty McFightface2018-09-15US6000
Nordschlag 20182018-09-15CA2700
Geselle Fechten 20182018-09-15US4400
Edgebana 20182018-09-22UK2300
Duels at High Noon 20182018-09-22US3600
Five Rings Fencing Annual KC Sword Tournament 20182018-09-22US1300
Sword & Buckler Open 20182018-09-23AU000
Iron Gate Exhibition 20182018-09-28US78108
Wessex League 2018: Taunton Chapter2018-09-29UK3585
W3 20182018-09-29PL4850
8. Dresdner Fechtschul2018-09-29DE2000
TaurHEMAchia VI Edition2018-10-05IT4663
Krump Pow 20182018-10-05US7300
2º Torneo Vila de Redondela 20182018-10-06ES2500
Steel City Open 20182018-10-12US6377
Lone Star Open 20182018-10-13US1600
Autumn Ural Cup 20182018-10-13RU000
5. offenes Fechtturnier in Kassel2018-10-17DE3300
Salzburger Landesmeisterschaft 20182018-10-20AT2564
Heffac 20182018-10-20BE3100
Pfälzer Fehde 20182018-10-20DE1500
Prima Spada HEMA Sabre Tournament2018-10-21AU000
Falcons Cup 20182018-10-21PL000
Johann Georg Pascha Turnier 20182018-10-21DE900
Ascent Saber Tournament 20182018-10-24RU000
Tyrnhaw 20182018-10-27SK82173
Wessex League 2018: Cardiff Chapter2018-10-27UK4283
Swiss Gathering 20182018-10-27CH5144
Arizona HEMA League 2018 Event 32018-10-27US1600
Swordfish 20182018-11-02SE62191
Tempest 20182018-11-02IE2000
Primer Torneo de Esgrima Historica de Santurtzi2018-11-04ES1500
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SERFO 20182018-11-09US7974
Digladior HEMA tournaj 20182018-11-10CZ3300
Long Island Point 20182018-11-16US4800
The Might 20182018-11-17FR4897
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VIII Budapest MHS Kardvívó torna2018-11-17HU2333
The 400 Years Tournament2018-11-17AU1500
Torneo ARA 20182018-11-17IT000
1º Torneio de Esgrima Histórica de Valinhos 20182018-11-17BR700
Galway Longsword Open 20182018-11-17IE1500
Niederösterreichische Landesmeisterschaft NÖLM182018-11-18AT2000
Blue Box Longsword Open 20182018-11-22US2300
Wessex League 2018: Winchester Chapter2018-11-24UK35115
Winter Open Duel Fencing Championship of the Ural Federal District 2018-11-24RU2360
November Fechtschule 20182018-11-25AU1651
IFHEMA Cup 20182018-11-30PT3960
Swordplay Serbia 20182018-11-30RS3500
Tasmanian Swordplay Symposium 20182018-12-01AU1600
Winter Golden Forests Championship 20182018-12-01RU2300
Pardubický meč 20182018-12-01CZ4100
HVN Singlestick Charity Tournament 20182018-12-01NL000
FechtTerra 20182018-12-08RU74160
Polish Championships 20182018-12-08PL4061
Glasgow HEMA Open 20182018-12-08UK2300
Brisia 2018 – Test Gatering for Minsk 20192018-12-15IT1700
EHMS Open Doors Tournament 20182018-12-15FI2000
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Exeter Longsword Competition 20192019-02-16UK2161
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Alfieri Open 20192019-02-17AU000
AIMA ROMA 20192019-03-02IT40150
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Arnold HEMA Classic 20192019-03-03US3500
Sense and Sensibility with Smallswords2019-03-03SE000
Swords & Roses2019-03-08RU1700
Žilinský Kumšt II2019-03-09SK70157
Vasaslaget 20192019-03-09SE3400
Battles In The North 20192019-03-10GR1300
Montpellier HEMA Tournament 102019-03-23FR43104
Prima Spada HEMA Rapier Tournament 20192019-03-24AU000
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By the Sword 20192019-03-30UK000
Open Golden Forests Tournament Spring 20192019-03-30RU000
Blademasters Cup 20192019-03-30IE2100
Scherma Medievale nella Città Ideale 20192019-04-13IT48162
Swordtrip – The Gathering 20192019-04-13DE40136
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Norppa Open 20192019-04-13FI1900
HEMAtom 20192019-04-13HR1500
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Clash of Claymores 192019-04-26US7000
April Fools 20192019-04-27IT3243
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Clash of the Towers 20192019-05-04IE1600
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NHFL Championships 20192019-05-11SE32100
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Renaissance Festival of Nebraska Invitational2019-05-11US000
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HEMAICS Dolomiti2019-05-18IT2841
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It’s Just A Flesh Wound 20192019-05-18CA800
HEMA Open Leioa 20192019-05-18ES2300
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ÖFHF Austrian Championships 20192019-05-19AT2600
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Primavera VII2019-05-25RU000
Autumn Open 20192019-05-26AU1200
Oslo Penguin Cup 20192019-06-01NO4683
Treffen Historischer Fechter Deutschlands 20192019-06-01DE1700
MCHO Beta Tourney 22019-06-01US2000
Springfield Historical Fencing Guild 1st Annual HEMA Tournament2019-06-02US900
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European Games Invitational Gala Tournament 20192019-06-22BY5700
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Eleonora 20192019-07-06RU3191
Nordschlag 20192019-07-06CA1244
Nederlandse HEMA Kampioenschappen 2019: Evenement 32019-07-06NL4240
Great Fight North 20192019-07-06CA2600
Mid-Continental HEMA Open 20192019-07-12US63116
Visegrád HEMA tournament2019-07-13HU1000
Flower of Battle 20192019-07-19US5300
QuadroHEMiA 6: Wolfshead X2019-07-21UK1000
Albion cup 20192019-07-27UK44103
Sword Fight V2019-07-27AU3100
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Cornhusker State Games – HEMA 20192019-07-27US1300
Fairfax Mini Renaissance Faire 20192019-07-27US1300
CombatCon 20192019-08-01US74105
Glengarry Highland Games 2019 Single-Stick Competition2019-08-02CA000
Points North 20192019-08-03CA3200
Battle Royale 20192019-08-11US2000
Winter Open 20192019-08-11AU000
FightCamp 20192019-08-16UK4800
III Debreceni MHS Torna2019-08-17HU1400
Hojas de Plata 20192019-08-17AR2200
Purpleheart Open 20192019-08-23US4376
Dutch Lions Cup 20192019-08-24NL65160
Broken Point 20192019-08-28US3800
Steel City Open 20192019-08-31US4900
Wessex League 2019: Exeter Chapter2019-09-07UK2763
The Battle of Buffalo 20192019-09-07US2600
Flügelschlag Stuttgart 20192019-09-07DE2300
Military Sabre Tournament 20192019-09-07IE000
Battle of the Bridge 20192019-09-13SE62106
Tremonia Fechtschule 20192019-09-20DE1500
Duels at High Noon 20192019-09-22US5100
Iron Gate Exhibition 20192019-09-27US81157
Five Rings Classical Fencing Open 20192019-09-28US2500
Clash of Steel 20192019-09-28TW3700
9. Dresdner Fechtschul 20192019-09-28DE2400
The Horned Crown 20192019-09-28IE1700
Ufa Duel Fencing Tournament2019-09-28RU000
W3 20192019-09-29PL4260
The Plough Tournament 1st2019-10-02CN4000
Third National Historical Martial Arts Tournament2019-10-02CN5100
Swedish Championships 20192019-10-04SE2090
World Broadsword Championship 20192019-10-05AU2452
Wessex League 2019: London Chapter2019-10-12UK38117
Autumn Ural Cup 20192019-10-12RU000
Oktoberfecht 20192019-10-13AU2400
Swiss Gathering 20192019-10-18CH4644
Tyrnhaw 20192019-10-19SK80220
Geselle Fechten 20192019-10-19US8000
Torneio Nacional de Espada Longa 20192019-10-20BR1100
New Amsterdam HEMA Open 20192019-10-26US5600
6. Herkules HEMA Turnier Kassel2019-10-26DE4100
Salzburger Landesmeisterschaft 20192019-10-26AT2100
Black Sea Cup 20192019-10-27RU2361
KatzenKampf Octoberfecht 20192019-10-29RU1860
Swordfish 20192019-11-01SE63181
The Might 20192019-11-02FR3043
Tempest 20192019-11-03IE000
Johann Georg Pascha Turnier 20192019-11-03DE1500
Wessex League 2019: Oxford Chapter2019-11-09UK4496
Open Golden Forests Tournament Fall 20192019-11-09RU2300
SERFO 20192019-11-10US79127
Sydney Super Series 20192019-11-10AU1700
Nederlandse HEMA Kampioenschappen 2019: Evenement 42019-11-16NL3460
LangHEMA 20192019-11-16IT3660
X. Budapesti MHS Torna2019-11-16HU4144
II Torneio de Esgrima Histórica Thomar2019-11-16PT1200
Blue Box Open 20192019-11-16US3100
Turniej Fechtunku Historycznego HFC2019-11-23PL2594
2020 Capitol Clash HEMA Open Warmup #12019-11-23US000
Ascent Sabre Tournament 20192019-11-23RU000
Open Championship of Ural Federal District 20192019-11-24RU3660
Pardubický meč 2019 HEMA Tournament2019-11-30CZ59104
Tasmanian Swordplay Symposium 20192019-12-01AU900
Baja Regional 20192019-12-01MX1600
A Christmas Competition 20192019-12-01AU1400
Segundo Torneo de Esgrima Historica de Santurtzi2019-12-01ES1600
IV Mistrzostwa Polski2019-12-06PL41111
Swordplay Serbia 20192019-12-06RS3264
Wessex League 2019: Cambridge Chapter2019-12-07UK3272
HVN Singlestick Charity Tournament 20192019-12-07NL000
Glasgow HEMA Open 20192019-12-08UK1300
The Black Carpet 20192019-12-14IT1700
The Call of Zephyr 20192019-12-21CN2000
Plzeň HAU 20192019-12-21CZ1000
Ciudad de los Reyes 2019 2019-12-29PE1100
2020 Capitol Clash HEMA Open Warmup #22020-01-04US1100
VI Tyumen Open Christmas Tournament2020-01-05RU1761
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2020 Capitol Clash HEMA Open Warmup #32020-01-11US000
2020 Capitol Clash HEMA Open Warmup #42020-01-12US000
Washington DC HEMA OPEN 20202020-01-19US58105
WEIRD Open 20202020-01-24US5000
Blizzard Brawl 20202020-01-25CA000
Midwinter Armizare Open 20202020-01-25US6300
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XXI Torneo Arti Marziali Storiche Italiane – Qualificazioni Nord2020-02-01IT48110
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About Kari Baker 3 Articles
Kari is a HEMA student at Mordhau Historical Combat. She began going to HEMA classes after seeing a demonstration at a Comic Con in 2014. After a multi-year hiatus, she returned to HEMA in 2021. She has dabbled in various other martial arts, starting with Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun in 2011. Kari has earned a master’s degree in Data Science and holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and English Linguistics. She works as a healthcare data guru, with day-to-day tasks involving statistics, analytics, visualization, and programming. Kari is also a Eurovision fan, a PlayStation trophy hunter, an award-winning trophy guide writer, and loves wearing pretty dresses. She lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter, and three large-breed dogs.