fencing’s origins come from the elegant, and deadly rapier of the late
Italian Renaissance. Several schools of rapier fencing existed, amongst
which one of the strongest and longest lasting was the
Roman-Neapolitan-Sicilian School of swordsmanship (Scuola Romana-Napoletana-Siciliana). Arising from the early, northern school, the southern school dates to 17th-Century, in Rome, then spread throughout the South of Italy and evolved uninterruptedly until the 19th-Century, when it merged with the more modern traditions of fencing.
Historical Fencing Handbook: Rapier-Fencing in the 17th- and 18th-Centuries, is a true, modern fencing manual for training in this tradition, written by a modern master of the art. The texts of the 17th-and
18th-century masters is broken-down, synthesized and arranged into a
concise, modern pedagogy, opening a gateway to the southern Italian
school for the very first time. Beginning with fundamentals of stance,
footwork, attack and defense, the text also covers complex provocations,
disarms and grapples, and use of the left-hand dagger – a complete
course under one cover!
Lodà has sought to model his life on that of the “swordsman-scholars”
of the Renaissance. As a scholar, he has a Ph.D in the History of
Religions, and a second Ph. D. in Ancient Civilization and History. He
began historical fencing in 1999, gaining the rank of Maestro d’Arme
(Master-at-Arms) from the Italian Fencing Federation (F.I.S) and
recognition as an athletic trainer by the Italian Olympic Committee. He
is a founding member and president of A.I.M.A. - Italian Master-at-Arms
Association, a young organization charged with creating a new generation
of historical fencing teachers. As an athlete, from 2004 - 2017 he has
won over six metals, forty gold, in rapier and sword tournaments
throughout Europe and U.S.A., making him the most awarded athlete in
competitive rapier fencing.