Maitre D Armes (Coaches)

Maitre D Armes also known as Master of Arms.

Maison Escrime is operating under the direction of the following Maitre D Armes.


Maitre Nigel Nutt:

As a coach:

Nigel is a fully accredited fencing coach. He leads the ACT Development squad across foil and epee, training junior and senior fencers to nationally competitive levels over several years. He currently coaches ACT’s top ranked male fencer.

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.