This course will teach you everything you need to get started with one of the most diverse fencing styles of renaissance Europe. Through exercises and detailed instruction, you will learn the footwork, guard positions, attacks, defenses and tactics of fencing with the sidesword as shown by 16th century fencing masters of Bologna, such as the famous Achille Marozzo.
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.