Instructors

Heather Gutterman – Head of School                                

  • Began studying western martial arts in 1996
  • Began teaching western martial arts in 2004
  • Began teaching self defense in 1996
  • 15 years professional experience in instruction, program development, and educational leadership.
  • Favorite Weapons Styles: Cut and Thrust Sword, Polearm, Knife, Sword and Dagger
  • Instruction and Leadership Style: Nurturing brilliance through challenge
  • Black Belt, 4th Stripe, Liberarae
  • Current Areas of Study: Historical Long Sword, Quarterstaff
  • Additional Roles: Board Member, Children’s Programs Lead

Rose Massey – Instructor

  • Began studying western martial arts in 2007
  • Began teaching in 2008
  • Instruction and Leadership Style: Bold and Gentle
  • Favorite Weapons Styles:  Long and Short Spear, Grappling, Single Sword, Two Weapon
  • Black Belt, 2nd Stripe, Liberarae
  • Current areas of study:  Long and Short Spear
  • Additional Roles:  School Operations, Curriculum Development, Board Member, Fitness Consultant

Douglas Scholl – Instructor                                                      

  • Began studying western martial arts in 2002
  • Began teaching in 2004
  • Favorite Weapons Style:  Sword and Shield
  • Instruction and Leadership Style:  Steady and Detailed
  • Black Belt, 2nd Stripe, Liberarae
  • Current areas of study: Historical hand and a half sword
  • Additional Roles:  Board Member

Shannon Marshall – Assistant to the Instructors                      

  • Began studying western martial arts in 2006
  • Began teaching in 2009
  • Instruction and Leadership Style:  Empowering and Encouraging
  • Favorite Weapon Styles:  Polearm, Sword and Dagger
  • Brown Belt 2nd Stripe, Liberarae
  • Current areas of study:  Command, Hand-to-Hand
  • Additional Roles:  Marketing and Recruiting, Board Member

Matthew Bernard – Instructor on Long Term Sabbatical

  • Began studying western martial arts in 2003
  • Began teaching in 2004
  • Favorite Weapons Styles: Knife, Polearm, Single Sword
  • Instruction and Leadership Style: Innovative and Inspiring
  • Black Belt, 2nd Stripe, Liberarae
  • Current areas of study:  Two weapon, Batons