Sometime during the first half of the 16th century an anonymous fencing master recorded his art into written form. The result is the most comprehensive collection of techniques for the Italian Renaissance sidesword used without accomppanying sidearms. After going unnoticed for closer to 500 years the text was finally transcribed and published in 2005. Now, after ten more years the task of bringing the text to life has begun. At marozzo.com you can follow the process of translating the techniques into English and interpreting them as live exercises on video. We welcome you to join us on this path to rediscovering a lost martial art of unparallelled beauty and significance.
Through videos, English translation and Ilkka's commentary this project will unlock the source for you. The project is ongoing, and with a single fee you will have permanent access to the growing amount of translations and videos as the course is being updated.
Ilkka Hartikainen discovered historical European martial arts in 2001, studying the techniques of longsword from 15th century manuscripts. In 2007 he shifted his focus on later renaissance styles of swordplay, eventually developing an ever-growing interest in the diverse fencing tradition of 16th century Bologna.
Since then Ilkka has divided his time between his own practice, research on the source material and teaching classes and workshops. He currently teaches regularly in Helsinki, where he is the head instructor of the EHMS Fencing Association.
Frequently traveling across the world to speak or to give tailored workshops, Ilkka has made it his mission to spread the knowledge of 16th century Italian martial arts. Currently multiple groups in Finland follow Ilkka’s method of teaching the system and he is working together with other enthusiasts of Bolognese tradition to truthfully recreate the art. Recently Ilkka has concentrated on creating an accessible core system for the sidesword based on the works of Achille Marozzo, Giovanni dall’Agocchie and the Anonimo Bolognese. From here his focus will shift to the other weapons and disciplines in the texts, looking at the tradition as a unified, complete martial art.
Ilkka is the founder of Marozzo.com, a website project dedicated to sharing information on Bolognese fencing. In addition he works as a user interface specialist when not training or teaching swordsmanship.