Maitre D Armes (Coaches)

Maitre D Armes also known as Master of Arms.

Maison Fencing Club is operating under the direction of experienced fencing coaches. A number of the club's founding members enjoyed competitive success at national and international level before becoming coaches. 



Maitre Nigel Nutt:

As a coach:

Nigel is a fully accredited fencing coach. He led the ACT Development squad across foil and epee, training junior and senior fencers to nationally competitive levels over several years. 

As a fencer, Nigel brings more than 30 years competitive experience at elite level with the following career highlights

  •  He was the Australian Foil champion in 1993
  •  He is a seven time Australian Open medallist across both foil and epee
  •   Many times Australian Team member, having competed at several World and Commonwealth championships in both foil and epee
  •  Nigel won gold for Australia in the Mens Foil Team at the 2002 Commonwealth Fencing Championships
  •  He has won the Open Championships in New Zealand (foil) and Scotland (foil and epee)
  •  He is the current and two time Commonwealth 40+ foil champion
  •  He has three national 40+ titles across foil and epee


As an administrator, Nigel is a former president of Western Australia and ACT Fencing Associations , and a former director of the Australian Fencing Federation. He has established and run multiple clubs and initiatives. He was a co-founder of the NSW Schools Fencing League. Nigel has been awarded the Australian Sports Medal, and the Robyn Chaplin Award - AFF’s highest award for services to fencing. He has a deep understanding of the workings of fencing in Australia.


Maitre Mathieu Meriaux:

Mathieu is a Maitre D Armes accredited by the French Fencing Federation, as well as  an Australian Fencing Federation coach Level 3 Epee and Foil 3 coach. He trained in France and competed internationally for both France and Australia.
Mathieu specialises in Epee and coached 4 Junior Epeeists to the World Championships. He attendend 3 Junior World Championships as a coach.

Mathieu has worked with athletes with a disability for a number of years and has also been teaching theatrical fencing at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

After working as a professional coach and developping the UWA fencing club for 5 years, Mathieu worked at the London 2012 Games as the Fencing Administration Manager.
He has worked in Sports Management for 6 years accross both Triathlon and Volleyball.