Francesco Loda 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.