…to the Brisbane School of Iberian Swordsmanship!

****Our holiday break dates are****

  • Last session 30th November
  • then a 5-week break for all of December and the first week of January
  • Start back 11th January

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We hold classes every Wednesday evening. Keep an eye on this page or Facebook in case there are any last-minute changes in Brisbane’s Covid-19 situation.

At our Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) school you can learn swordplay using methods straight out of renaissance texts.  The first weapon you will learn to use is a rapier, and later on we cover other interesting tools such as the enormous montante, and how to use your cloak in combat.  We teach a style known as La Verdadera Destreza, as well as other Iberian styles.

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 are open and operating within the rules for community sport.  We have heaps of room in a breezy hall.  We prefer payment by eftpos (e.g. savings cards, credit cards).  Keep an eye on this page in case restrictions or Hall leasing conditions change, or follow us on facebook.

Our Saturday Sparring is also open.

You should not enter either premises if in the previous 14 days you have:

  • returned to Australia from overseas (other than a safe travel zone country)
  • been in close contact with an active COVID-19 case
  • been in a Queensland declared COVID-19 hotspot, place of concern or exposure venue, as defined by the Chief Health Officer
  • had a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, distorted sense of taste, shortness of breath, chills, vomiting or any cold/flu like symptoms in the last 72 hours.