Welcome to the Brisbane School of Iberian Swordsmanship, where you can learn the historical martial arts of Iberia, starting with rapiers and swords.

Feel free to drop in any week without warning, your first lesson is free and we always have a beginner instructor  rostered on.  We hold classes every Wednesday evening in Stafford, with a short break in December/January. Keep an eye on this page or Facebook in case of storms or plagues.


About Us:

Our not-for-profit club reconstructs Iberian Historical European Martial Arts , focusing on 16th & 17th century Spanish and Portuguese rapier in a style known as La Verdadera Destreza, as well as other Iberian styles.

At BSIS we aim to be a welcoming, safe, and fun.  Our structured syllabus and team of rotating instructors gives you the opportunity to learn from different perspectives each week.  As you become more experienced, you will cover other interesting tools such as the enormous montante, and how to use your cloak in combat.

We welcome anyone over 18 (16 if accompanied) of any fitness level, and we can accommodate intermittent training.  We supply equipment at no cost, and you can pay by the lesson.  Tell your friends and family you want an e-gift card from here!  Join us for fitness, fascinating discussions, and friendly folk, but most of all for fencing.

For more information, take a look at our FAQ.

We are an Inclusive Community.

BSIS is committed to making our club open to all, and to ensuring that HEMA reflects the communities in which we live. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming place for people of all ages, abilities, genders, cultural, ethnic or religious backgrounds or socio-economic status. Discriminatory language or anti-social conduct is not tolerated in any form.

Video Interview

For a good understanding of our school’s ethos, you can listen to one of our founders, Sean Reichman, as a guest of the Sacramento Sword School, explaining BSIS’ guiding principles and how they were the scaffold for what we have become.  The video is available here.

We acknowledge the Turrbul and Jagera Peoples, traditional custodians of the land we train on.  We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge the role they continue to play in keeping the history of this country.  We hope to continue the tradition of learning and teaching.