Our organisation

Brisbane School of Iberian Swordsmanship is a subsidiary of the School of Historical Defense Arts and a part of the wider Australian Historical European martial arts community.

Our aims are:

  • To study and teach historical Iberian systems of fencing, including la verdadera destreza and la esgrima vulgar/común.
  • To offer instruction and bouting in both scholar’s privilege and masked combat modes.
  • To focus on teaching single combat/duelling, not multiple/melee combat.

In all our activities we value:

  • Safety
  • Historical accuracy
  • Martial effectiveness
  • Honourable conduct
  • Respect for fellow swordspeople.

Our techniques are taken from fencing manuals written in the Renaissance period by master swordsmen, such as Jerónimo Sánchez de Carranza’s The Philosophy of Arms and of Its Art and the Christian Offence and Defence (written in 1569 and published in 1582).