The 3rd International Martial Studies Conference: Sword Culture Across the Eurasian Continent

11 Dec 2020 – 12 Dec 2020 (Fri - Sat)

Organised in connection to the exhibition “Way of the Sword: Warrior Traditions in China and Italy”, the 3rd International Martial Studies Conference provides a rare opportunity for in-depth discussions on various aspects of China and Italy’s sword and martial culture. The conference is a premier international exchange platform for leading scholars of Martial Studies and practitioners of Historic Martial Arts, and will on this occasion involve the most respected experts from China and Europe (in particular, Italy), including Prof. Ma Mingda, the foremost authority in Chinese Martial Studies, Prof. Ma Lianzhen, renowned contemporary swordsmith Hu Xiaojun, Maestro Roberto Gotti, the greatest expert of Renaissance Italian martial arts and renowned collector of historic arms and books, Dr. Daniel Jaquet, a leading scholar in European martial art studies, to name only a few.

The Conference will cover the following topics:
(i) History and development of sword cultures in China and Europe
(ii) Fight books and the transmission of martial arts knowledge
(iii) The material dimension of sword culture
(iv) Historic / classical sword-fighting traditions


Booklet:  Download Here

11-12-2020 (Friday)

(Hong Kong Time)

To revisit the conference, please visit YouTube Channel: International Guoshu Association. Or click the link to watch.


2:00 – 2:10pm     Welcome Remarks – Hing Chao, Co-chairman

Keynote Address

2:10-2:40pm       A Call to Advance International Exchange in the Study of Historical Arms, Martial Arts and Martial Arts Literature – Ma Mingda, Jinan University, China

2:40-3:10pm      Tracks of Warrior Culture on the Petroglyphs in Val Camonica – Ausilio Priuli, Museo Didattico D’Arte e Vita Preistorica, Italy

3:10-3:40pm      The Treatise Behind the Treatises – Roberto Gotti, Museo delle Arti Marziali, Italy

Session 1 – Historic Perspectives on Martial Culture in Italy

3:55-4:15pm      Military Culture of Brescia in the Venetian Era – Enrico Valeseriati, Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico, Italy

4:15-4:35pm     Longobard Warriors in the Seprio Judicaria – Cristiano Brandollini, Civic Archaeological Museum of Arsago Seprio, Italy

4:35-4:55pm    Stratification, Amalgamation and Sedimentation of European Martial Arts: the Case of Brescia – Marco Lena / Moreno Dei Ricci, Opera Nova, Italy

Session 2 – Italian Sword Tradition: Sword & Swordsmanship

5:10-5:30pm    Archaeometallurgical Investigation into the Ancient Sword-making Techniques in Northern Italy in the 16th and 17th Centuries – Gabriele Tonelli, University of Brescia, Italy

5:30-5:50pm     Masters through the Ages: Interpretation of a Renaissance Martial System and Foundation of a Modern School – Jacopo Penso, Opera Nova and Museo delle Arti Marziali, Italy

5:50-6:00pm    Discussion – Daniel Jacuqet (Moderator), Co-chairman


12-12-2020 (Saturday)

(Hong Kong Time)

Session 3 – Material Culture: Weapons, Technology, & Aesthetics

2:00 – 2:20pm     The Yueya Guard on Chinese Swords and Sabres, Gong Jian, Collector and Independent Researcher

2:20-2:40pm       A Call to Advance International Exchange in the Study of Historical Arms, Martial Arts and Martial Arts Literature – Ma Yuwei, Yichan Daoguan, China

2:40-3:00pm      Sword Aesthetics : the Decoration Techniques on Edged Weapons – Betty Lo, Mengdiexuan, Hong Kong

Session 4 – Chinese Sword Tradition: Sword & Swordsmanship

3:15-3:35pm     Rediscovering Swordmaking Techniques of Ancient China: Insights from Reconstructing a Han dynasty Ring-pommel Dao Hu Xiaojun, Swordsmith, Longquan Jiancun Sword Research Academy, China

3:35-3:55pm      Duanbing and the History of Fencing in China – Ma Lianzhen, South China Normal University, China

Session 5 – Fight Books: the Transmission and Interpretation of Knowledge

4:10-4:30pm    Martial Arts Knowledge on and beyond the Page: from Visual Mantras to Hyperrealism with Words and Brushes – Daniel Jaquet, University of Bern, Switzerland

4:30-4:50pm    The Ferrara Manuscript, Destreza and Vulgar – Manuel Valle Ortiz, Universidade Santiago de Compostela, Spain

4:50-5:10pm    Towards a 3D Digital Methodology for Documenting and Transmitting Historical Martial Arts – Hing Chao, International Guoshu Association, Hong Kong

5:10-5:30pm     New Media Art, Digital Performativity and Intangible Cultural Heritage –  Jeffrey Shaw / Sarah Kenderdine, City University, Hong Kong

5:45-6:30pm    Round Table DiscussionHing Chao (moderator), Roberto Gotti, Daniel Jaquet, Ma Lianzhen, Ausilio Priuli, Jeffrey Shaw

6:30-6:40pm    Closing Remarks





Institute of Chinese Martial Studies

International Guoshu Association

Italian Cultural Institute

City University of Hong Kong



The Martial Art Museum


In Partnership with

Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Culture Festival



Supported by

Tai Kwun — Centre for Heritage and Arts

Ma’s Tongbei Martial Studies

Lingnan University

Jinan University


In Association with

Italia Mia Festival