Alex Zalud, born in 1973, began his martial arts career in various Japanese martial arts. Returning after a long break, he entered the realm of HEMA and began translating and interpreting Bolognese fencing. He founded Fior della Spada, the first club for Bolognese fencing in the German-speaking world, and has been its head-coach for over ten years. He has published three books on the tradition in German.
Developing an interest in later periods of fencing, he stumbled upon M° Martinellis book on self-defense and M° Blenginis book on sabre and epée-fencing, which he began to practice with increasing interest.