Coach Richard Martinez started fencing at Jamaica High School, Queens N.Y in 1974. In 1977 he was recruited the San Jose State Fencing Team by Maestro Michael D’asaro Sr. During college he medaled at local, state, national competitions. He was nationally ranked and is a two time NCAA ALL AMERICAN.

Seeing the obvious need for fencing the San Ramon Valley area he developed a Fencing Program with the City of San Ramon Parks and Recreation Department. This grass roots effort to establish a fencing program in the area has meet with great success.