…to the Brisbane School of Iberian Swordsmanship!

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.

Use the menus above to learn more about us and what we do, or jump straight into our FAQ.


We are open and operating within the rules for community sport.

August 22 restrictions:  BSIS has a Covid Safety Plan in place and is allowed to continue to operate.  We have heaps of room in a breezy hall.  Keep an eye on this page in case restrictions or Hall leasing conditions change, or follow us on facebook.

Major changes:

  • Bring your own water
  • Bring or buy glasses and gloves (BSIS has some available for sale)
  • Enter near the taps
  • Proceed to your designated area
  • Put your gear on the floor
  • Do not linger after class
  • Spectators discouraged
  • We are now able to take eftpos payments (e.g. savings cards, credit cards)

Our Saturday Sparring will has also reopened.

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 the what we have become.  The video is available here.