Stephen Whittier is a nationally recognized martial arts instructor and performance coach. His extensive resumé as an educator spans the fields of martial arts, fitness, and academia. At Wheaton Collge in Massachusetts, Whittier earned top honors during his undergraduate years, graduating Summa cum Laude as a Wheaton Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended graduate school with a full ride at Tufts University, where taught for over four years after earning his M.A. degree.
Along with being a professional educator, he has pursued his passion for the martial arts for two decades. In addition to holding a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the title Kru (honorific title for teacher) in Muay Thai, his background includes black belts in karate and Filipino Kali/Eskrima, instructor certifications in Jeet Kune Do, and personal fitness training experience. He has also trained local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel.
Coach Whittier is an active member of the community, working to help local schools facilitate and enhance their anti-bullying, child safety, and character education programs. He has consulted and with several area school systems on bullying programs and personal enrichment programs, including the Confident Kids Self-Protection course in Marion and the Open Circle program in Wareham. He currently serves as a member of the Wareham Elementary school council.
Matt Borges holds a black belt in Kenpo karate, a four-stripe blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and is an instructor in Muay Thai kickboxing. He is also the lead youth instructor at Nexus. An experienced childhood educator, Matt’s background includes 6 years as a professional pre-school teacher.