School History

School History

Polaris’s Head of School, Heather Gutterman, began sharing the ideas surrounding the foundation of a new martial arts school with the other founders in late 2008. The founders, all having trained together in Western European Swordsmanship at Aegis Consulting, discussed creating a new community where individual martial artists gather to train together and support each other in their growth as fighters and as people. On January 31, 2009, Heather Gutterman, Matthew Bernard, Lynda Gronlund, Douglas Scholl, Rose Massey, and Shannon Marshall founded Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study.

The school received its name the following month. The words in the name were chosen to explicitly describe our school’s purpose and activities. “Polaris”, the north star, symbolizes the tools we gain from our studies that allow us to better find our individual ways. “Fellowship” describes the focus on the community and how the individual both contributes to and benefits from it. “Weapons” recognizes that we are a weapons based martial art. “Study” highlights our focus on learning and understanding as part of our self defense and martial focus.

The “pole star” was designed by Scott Wilhelm. It represents both the guiding star of Polaris, and the weapon of a pole arm.

Polaris was registered as a Michigan Non Profit Corporation on May 26th, 2009.