Instructors

All members of our instructor and administrator teams excluding our mascot hold blue cards (Working with Children Check).

Sean Reichman

Sean started training Historical European Martial Arts in 2000 and has trained with a number of Australian schools. In 2011, he attended the Chicago Swordplay Guild WMA Workshop in the US, where Puck Curtis’ sessions on la verdadera destreza got him hooked. He also since attended two more workshops with Puck Curtis (Australia 2012, Canada, 2016), and a three-day renaissance fencing event in the United States. Sean is respected in the national community and has presented workshops at interstate events.

Sean is also a pretty nice guy. He won best-and-fairest at Swordfight Gold Coast, which we think is cool.

 

Kate Hickey

Kate has studied HEMA since 2007 and has been an instructor with BSIS since its launch. She has attended a 5-day workshop and 1-day intensive with Puck Curtis (Canada, 2016).  Fencing was her first sport, so she particularly enjoys teaching newbies who’ve never held a sword before and don’t know which end is the stabby bit.

 

Ron Koks

Ron has trained and instructed extensively in Kyushin Ryu Jujitsu before making the transition to swordplay in 2011.  He has attended a 5-day workshop and 1-day intensive with Puck Curtis (Canada, 2016).  He is currently working on transposing Montante drills to work for three-headed flails. He also makes these flails in a variety of colours. Hannah’s (see administration) is pink.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Level 2 jujitsu coach with the Australian Jujitsu Federation (Australian Institute of Sport)
  • Level 1 Archery Coach with the ABA (Australian Institute of Sport)
  • Licensed Fire Safety Advisor

James McMaster

James has studied fencing since 2014 and is an avid Napoleonic reenactor with La Belle Alliance. He attended the 100th anniversary re-enactment in Waterloo, and has impressive sideburns.

 

Lois Spangler

Lois is a native Spanish speaker and experienced martial artist. She has a shodan in Tamia riyu, and a nidan in Muso Shinden riyu, and is a Free Scholar with Vanguard Academy.  Lois has presented HEMA workshops both interstate and at one of Australia’s premier HEMA events, Swordplay.  Her passions include teaching with visual metaphors, translating historical sources, and bringing food to gatherings.

Experience: Former university lecturer;  martial arts as listed above.

 

Ryan Tanzer

Ryan is a history student at the University of Queensland, and incorporates this into his teaching in engaging ways. He holds the rank of Free Scholar at BSIS, Vanguard Academy, and Collegium in Armis. His dearest wish is to belong to more Brisbane sword schools than any other person – there is no prize.

 

 

Eddie Ngaluafe

Eddie is an Apprentice at Brisbane Swords, and at BSIS, and a Scholar at the School of Historical Defence Arts. He joined the HEMA community in 2016 after watching Emma Fowler destroy her opponent with a rapier at the Gold Coast Renaissance Faire.  Eddie was awarded the Sportsmanship Prize at Swordplay 2017 and the Pacheco Prize for best and fairest at the Carranza Cup 2017.

 

Aidan Hughes

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Aidan thinks talking about himself is boring and simply wants to talk about swords and how to use them… unless he’s talking about archery, which he also coaches.  He is currently studying a dual degree of Archaeology and Linguistics.