Also, Jake Norwood runs the HEMA group there, and he is a great fighter and great guy.
I can attest to the truth of this quote.
Are there tournaments/competitions for this? I have to say (and I hope I don't offend anyone too badly) that this is far more fun to watch than olympic fencing. I don't know if the costumes and attitudes of the participants have anything to do with it, or if it's just cool to see these diverse styles recreated.
I haven't really delved much into HEMA, just a couple of seminars really, but I do like to watch what is going on in the study of the art(s). There are a couple of tournaments that have been well documented on youtube, one called "Swordfish" has a number of bouts over several years.
As an example:
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