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 has been active in HEMA since the early 2000’s, starting with Italian longsword and rapier styles and later focusing specifically on the Bolognese sidesword tradition. Recently Ilkka has gained more interest in the Bolognese two-handed sword and the earlier German KdF tradition of longsword to augment his study.
Ilkka has been strongly involved in the founding of two HEMA clubs in Finland, first the EHMS and now the Tavastia Fencing Society, through which Ilkka facilitates his training and organizes workshops in Finland and abroad.