As far as weaponry, she prefers the Florentine style - fighting with two sticks at once. The swords are made of rattan to minimize injury. I'm guessing they still hurt though. Jeanie also fights with sword and shield.
Over the years, she's had to learn how to hit and hit hard. She often fights against men and had to get out of the habit of apologizing when she landed a solid strike. It's just instinct. Even though she did feel a little like outsider in the beginning because it's a bit of a boy's club, she says it does fade over time.
I've definitely gained a new appreciation for the hard work and dedication involved and have tons of admiration for Jeanie and any other women who participate in medieval style battle.