Why hema dosen't have the same level of popularity as fencing?

I mean, they both can be resumed as a sport where you fight with a sword(or replicate a duel). I think that HEMA has the potential to be an excellent sport, even a for the Olympics, but for some reason, is not as popular as fencing. I personally would love to learn Historical European Martial Arts, as I think is fun, constructive, and an important part of European culture, but in my country, this sport is not popular. Comparable, we have 4 different fencing clubs in town. I'm open to hearing your opinions.

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  • Same reason we don’t use european torture devices either. Good at the time, but out dated.

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    • Good point. But in that case, fencing is also outdated. And spear throw is outdated. If you look from a simplistic perspective, fencing and hema are both based on swordplay and weapon techniques.

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      • I think you’ll soon discover none of my answers are serious or intended to be taken in any manner other than humorous/sarcastic.

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  • Fencing is looked more as the romantic renaissance fighting style.

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  • I also love HEMA and I want to join a HEMA club, but there is barely one in my COUNTRY! FUCK!
    But anyway...
    I think it's because fencing it's been around for more time. By that I mean that HEMA has we know are relatively recent and is gaining popularity on the Internet. Perhaps in a few years we start to see world championships of HEMA

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  • Never heard of it.

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