TaurHEMAchia 2015 – UPDATE #8: Instructors (BIO)

Keith Farrell

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored “Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick” and the “AHA German Longsword Study Guide”, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011, and was awarded a HEMA Scholar Award for Best Instructor for research published in 2013.


Ilkka Hartikainen

Ilkka Hartikainen has studied historical fencing for over a decade. Starting with medieval longsword he eventually discovered the Renaissance Italian fencing traditions and became deeply interested in the beautiful, diverse and yet effective martial art of the 16th century Bolognese masters. Since then Ilkka has made it his mission to bring this art back to us today. Ilkka has presented his work on three continents and continues to spread the art through workshops and his website marozzo.com.


M° Francesco Lodà

Francesco Lodà started his career in historical fencing in 1999, establishing the fencing club ASD Accademia Romana d’Armi-Scherma Storica Roma in 2001. As a teacher and trainer, he has reached so far the following main titles and appointments: Maestro d’Arme A.I.M.A., Maestro di scherma storica U.I.S.P., Istruttore Nazionale di Scherma Storica F.I.S. – A.N.S., Athletical Trainer C.O.N.I., plus several others. As sport executive, he is President of A.I.M.A.Italian Master-at-Arms Association, delegate member of the HEMA national board in F.I.S. – Italian Fencing Federation and U.I.S.P. – Italian National Sport Union, and National responsible for Rapier/Rapier & Dagger in F.I.S. As an athlete, through 2004 and 2015, he has placed prominently in all the national and international rapier tournaments he joined in Europe and U.S.A., including F.I.S., SWORDFISH, HEMAC-DIJON, RAPIER, UISP, WMAW, FISAS, gaining 15 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze medals and 2 technical prize medals. As a researcher, he follows a doctorate in History at the University of Toulouse and Rome (ancient religions, indo-Europeanism, and the historiography of the twentieth century).

With regards to fencing, he published:
Books (titles translated)

  • Rapier handbook: the Roman-Napolitean-Sicilian School, Bonanno editore, Palermo 2014.
  • Florius. De arte luctandi, Bonanno editore, Palermo 2013.
  • From the treatise to the Salle, Bonanno Editore, Palermo 2013.
  • The atelier of the historician, Il Cerchio Iniziative Editoriali,Rimini 2011.
  • The methodologies of research in historical fencing, ARA edizioni, Roma 2009.
  • Origines and outlines of Southern School of fencing, ARA edizioni, Roma 2008.

plus several papers and reviews.
*for a complete list of references, certifications, papers please visit:
http://www.scherma.roma.it/itaNEW/scuola-di-scherma-antica/CV_Loda.php


Federico Malagutti

Federico Malagutti began his practice of historical fencing in 2010 in the local company of reenactment “VALS”, in 2011 he devoted himself to the study of the Treaty MS Dresden C 487 “Sigmund Ringeck” and then translated it into Italian. In 2012 he came into contact with the instructor Roland Warzecha, remaining very impressed about his skills, during the years from 2013 to 2015 he devoted himself mainly to the study of the Treaty I.33 London Tower Fechtbuch adopting the system of the Instructor Warzecha. In January 2014 he joined the association “La Sala delle Armi” based in Turin, and created a branch in Valsesia. In March 2014 he began to study two new martial arts, parallel to the study of fencing. Yoshin Ryu Ju-Jutsu (Traditional Ju Jutsu style) and Shinto Muso Ryu Jo-Do, which allowed him to greatly improve his knowledge of the principles that regulate the functioning of martial arts. In February 2015 approaches the physiotherapeutic system of postural correction “Mézières”, to improve the symmetry of the body and its functionality in the context of the art. In the current period he continues with the courses of study mentioned above, and teaches the system of I.33 in the Valsesia’s branch of “La Sala delle Armi”.


Davide Morleo

Born in Asola (near Mantova) in 1971, he starts his research as martial artist at the age of 14 practicing for a few years Karate Shotokan. At the age of 19 he goes to Venice where he alternates studies of arts (architectural first) to his martial arts. From 1998 he works in Security Business for a national istitution spread on the national territory. This job offers him the occasion to improve his knowledge as martial artist. Back to his born town in 2008 discovers the world of Historical Fencing and in 2010 is one of the scholars that found the “Sala d’Arme dell’Appeso”. Even if he loves norkeling he doesn’t have a scuba diving license.


Peter Smallridge

Peter Smallridge has trained with the KDF association for seven years, becoming a certified instructor and now running the Tonbridge group. He took up mixed martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Olympic freestyle wrestling, in order to give a base of grappling to his HEMA studies. He holds a blue belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu, has medals from both modern and historical grappling tournaments (including winning the SwordFish and SKUNKS 2014 Ringen Tournaments) and is undefeated in amateur MMA, winning all five matches by first round submission. He has previously taught historical grappling at events including FightCamp, SwordFish, and Feile Na Gaiscigh (Ireland’s national HEMA event).


Paolo Tassinari

Historical Fencing Experience
From 2001 he’s constantly practicing  Historical fencing as martial art with a particular focus on Italian Styles  from XV to XVII Centuries and Bolognese School.
All activities concerning study, formation and teaching has been devoped within Sala d’Arme Achille Marozzo (SAAM)or at personal level, taking advantage, at the beginning, of the experience and guide of the Instructor Marco Rubboli.
Within Sala d’Arme Achille Marozzo has the role of Instructor since 2006 and formal member of the Technical Comitee (SAAM internal autorithy concerning teaching an methodology). He also covered for many years the role of Council Merber and Vice President.
Actually covers the role of President of Scuola Bolognese Achille Marozzo (SBAM) the SAAM Agonistic Team affiliated to Federazione Italiana Scherma (FIS).
In 2011 he gets the FIS National Instructor degree for Historical Fencing
Agonistic Experience
From 2001 to 2005 – Takes part to UISP Historical Fencing Italian Championship with the following results:

  • 2004 – 1st Place “Pole Weapons”
  • 2005 – 1st Place “Sword & Dagger”, 1st Place “Sword & Round Shield”, 1st Place “Pole Weapons”

From 2005 to 2012 – Starts his activities as Agonistic Coach. The athletes trained by him have reached in 7 years more than 15 First Places and 10 Second Places in various disciplines
2013 to now – Side by his Coach activities at the age of 46 decides to participate to the FIS circuit of Historical Fencing winning 3 titles as Italian Champion in the disciplines of “Sword & Bucler”, “Sword & Cape” and “Terrain Sabre”.
On 2014 he’s mainly focused on study and coaching.

Reenacting Experience
From 2006 he’s founder member  of “Legio XII – Fulminata”, a rennacting group of a Roman Legio of the Cesarian period and a Gladiator School of the 1st Century A.D.
Other experience of martial/military & sport interest
Serves as Paratroopers during the Military service from 1990 to 1991.
During this period attends the following special trainings:
Military Paratrooper Commission (20 launches with several night launches, sea launch, war launch at low altitude)
“German Army” Military Paratrooper Commission, taken at Military Base in Mertzig (DE)
Sniper training
N.B.C. (Nuclear, Bacteriological and Chemical Hazards) training
Advanced Close Combat Training
Various Survival training in hostile environments

He also participates to the following drills during the Military Service:
– “Istrice” – Urban Combat
– “Muflone” – Recon and combat in mountain environment
– “Mangusta” – NATO interforces

Before the beginning of the IBIS Operation, Dec 92 – Mar 94, participates to the evacuation of the Italian citizens in Mogadishu with “counter sniper” role.
From 1992 to 2001 studies and practices Judo. Leaves on 2201 as “Black Belt -1st dan” and several success at agonistic level.
From 2006 dedicates to “Endurance Running” and participates to several marathons and ultra marathons.
In 2010 participates to Marathon des Sables (recognized as the toughest endurance race in the word) running form more than 250 km in the Sahara desert closing at 275° place on more than 1100 partecipants.
In 2012 obtains the SCUBA Diver license.


Fran & Piermarco Terminiello

Fran is an instructor at School of the Sword, where she has studied Bolognese swordplay and rapier for the last four years. Together with her husband, Piermarco, Fran gave a workshop at HEMAC Fiorentia 2014, the first of its kind teaching techniques from Giganti’s ‘lost’ second book of 1608. This is a work which Piermarco discovered, translated and published in 2013 with Joshua Pendragon. In March this year she demonstrated some of these techniques at a lecture delivered by Piermarco and Joshua at The Wallace Collection, London UK. In 2013 Fran co-founded Waterloo Sparring Group, with members from HEMA clubs all over the south of England. Collectively they have won numerous medals at international tournaments since they formed. As ‘Agent in Europe’ Fran helps to manage Esfinges, a worldwide organisation for women in HEMA, and is a strong supporter of inclusion in the HEMA community. Fran placed silver in lightweight dagger and gold overall in the women’s mixed weapons tournament at Iron Gate Exhibition 2014.

Piermarco Terminiello is an instructor at the School of the Sword, UK. His research interest is focused on sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian swordplay. He has an extensive knowledge of technical manuals from the period, including a number of widely overlooked works. Along with Kevin Maurer he was recognised as “Best Researcher” in the inaugural HEMA Scholar Awards of 2013. Among other research, he has unearthed and translated (co-authored) the “lost” second book of Nicoletto Giganti (1608), unearthed the lengthy manuscript treatise of Giovanni Battista Maffani (1629) not listed in any fencing bibliography, published an English translation (co-authored) of Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri’s La Scherma (1640); a transcription and English translation of Giuseppe Colombani’s L’Arte maestra (1711); and a transcription of the Biblioteca Trivulziana Cod.256 (c.1680). He has helped bring HEMA to a wider public, having previously lectured at the Wallace Collection, in London UK; and published a paper in the long-established peer-reviewed Journal of the Arms and Armour Society. He has enjoyed success as a competitive fencer, winning and placing in a number of international competitions, primarily in the disciplines of single rapier, and rapier and dagger.

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