Is HEMA like...

Is HEMA like...

No. LARP (Live Action Role Play) is a form of role playing game where the players physically act out their characters interaction. This is often done in a fantasy setting which involves foam swords and armour. Combat in LARP can't be compared to HEMA although you might benefit in your game from practicing HEMA.

Find out more about LARP here.
No. Historical re-enactment is an educational or entertainment activity in which people follow a plan to recreate aspects of a historical event or period. So while there may be overlap between the two, the goals are completely different.

Most HEMA groups don't focus on any specific event, area or time period, nor is the goal to recreate the past lifestyle. We focus on the Historical European Martial arts.

Find out more about re-enactment here.
Partially. Fencing is a modern combative sport using a small sword: a foil, sabre or épéé. It derives from the original Historical European Martial Arts just like boxing, kick boxing, savate, wrestling etc all find their origin in these old martial arts. 

No. Movie fights are purely meant to entertain the audience. Big flashy movements, with large, heavy shiny weapons and armour usually do the trick.

However 'back in the day' where HEMA was still used in actual combat (during the 15th century for example) such utter nonsense would get you killed. HEMA is a highly evolved martial art for which many, unknowingly, gave their lives. Those that lived to tell the tale taught the new generation and so it went on and on until in the 16th century when the rise of hand held guns and social changes created distance. The distance was created both between people and the battlefield as well as between the people on it.

Sometimes. Human beings are generally uniformly equipped with a head, two arms, a torso, legs etc. So when it comes down to a physical fight there is a natural limit to what you can and can't do physically.

As with all martial arts worldwide, you have to decide on what it is that you want! What do you want to practice and why? Once you know that it is you can search for a good fightschool (The European term for dojo) that fits your needs. In the end the right fightschool with a kind teacher makes all the difference.