Speaking as a student of the Italian Renaissance Swordsmanship Academy, I can be confident in saying that for the purposes of learning traditional Italian martial arts, it is one of the best, if not the best, institutions in the state. Last year, I had no idea how to hold a sword, beyond the overly dramatic dances shown in movies and plays. He's patient with the new students and quickly teaches the basics of four different disciplines (the longsword, the rapier, the saber, and the dagger) within a month. Teaching comes quick to him, and he is always inspiring his students to greater heights. I say without a doubt that should you wish to explore the world of Italian martial arts, this is the place to come.