Matthew Stuart began fencing in 2002 under the tutelage of then Instructor Antone Blair while attending Humboldt State University. Mr. Stuart found the high degree of self-discipline required by classical fencing to be as rewarding as it was challenging. He was introduced to Maestro Ramon Martinez and Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez shortly thereafter and has been a student of the art ever since.
In 2005 Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with an emphasis in the history of Western Philosophy. After graduating from the university Mr. Stuart began assisting with instruction of beginning foil under the supervision of Mr. Blair. Finding much reward in the unique challenges involved in the teaching of the art of fencing, Matthew decided to submit his letter of intent and applied to the MAA instructor's training program. Mr. Stuart earned the rank of Instructor in French Foil in April 2015.