Matt started his Aikido training in 1997 with Bob Lampp Sensei under the direction of Ed Baker Sensei. Prior to that Matt studied Judo. In 2002 he began training at Shindai Dojo under Dennis Hooker Sensei. His major influences in Aikido are Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, Dennis Hooker Shihan, the late Ed Baker Sensei, and Francis Takahashi Shihan. He is additionally greatly indebted to numerous teachers from around the world with whom he has trained over the years.
Mat is the current Co-Dojo Cho of Shindai Aikikai Orlando, and is in charge of all financial aspects of the dojo.