All members of our instructor and administrator teams excluding our mascot hold blue cards (Working with Children Check).
BSIS is the direct result of Sean’s vision. He is responsible for the writing of the syllabus and strongly encourages a collaborative atmosphere with the team.
He is a hero of delegation, which is the basis of good administration.
Sharon McHugh Reichman
Head of Administration
Sharon is the creative heart of BSIS and an experienced fencer who has trained for years in Brisbane and in workshops overseas. She’s also likely to be the first person you’ll meet when you come through the door and she’ll make you feel super important and cool.
Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing Communications.
Kate manages our finances, but she won’t let us buy a pony. If you have a good idea or you want any issue raised in a meeting, she’s a good person to talk to, because her notebook is always handy.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Business – Accountancy
Jessica Silvallana, Hannah Hickey, & Greg Carey
Member Happiness Officers
Jess Silvallana has been a member of BSIS since 2016 and is ready to help you make your experience at BSIS the best it can be.
Hannah’s patronus is the quokka and her life’s ambition is to find the tastiest brand of strawberry ice cream.
Hannah’s Qualifications: Queensland College of Teachers Registration (Working with Children Check – Blue Card Equivalent), Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Non-Violent Communication Training, Community Auslan Introduction
Greg has been involved in many community organisations, including multiple fencing schools, golf, and youth group. His key roles with BSIS are as Happiness Officer, Administrative Support, and supplier of dad joke of the week.
Lois is a native Spanish speaker who has translated Figueredo’s writings on offhand weapons for our scholar course. She has presented HEMA workshops based on her translations both interstate and at Brisbane’s Swordplay tournaments.
Her Spanish voice is also super cool to listen to.
Hannah is a secondary education teacher who attends our fortnightly instructor meetings. She gives Sean the fancy pedagogical words to explain his vision, ensures that the instructor principles are followed, and ensures inclusive pedagogy.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Secondary), University Medalist, Member of National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools.
Henry “The Fox” Walker
Founder of the School of Historical Defense Arts Group.
Brisbane School of Iberian Swordsmanship was part of Henry’s plans to take over the world through his rapidly expanding network of satellite schools. Check out the Brisbane Swords, Tuesday nights (founded as the School of Historical Defence Arts by Henry and now run by James Wran) and other schools in the group Brisbane Swords, Monday nights (run by James Wran) and Australis Scherma Scuola di Spada e Sciabola (run by Chris Godwin). It was Henry’s encouragement and sponsorship that made the establishment of our school possible.
Mascot and all-round Cool Dude.
Dart is our school mascot but sleeps through most training sessions and seditiously practices rival Italian HEMA moves when he is awake. He conscientiously attends every instructor meeting, offers commentary on lessons, and has travelled to interstate tournaments and international training events.