Polaris Martial Arts primary goal is to create a better world. In addition to physical fitness and real-world self-defense, we strive to use martial arts to create successful well rounded people - true leaders - who stand out amongst the rest.
With over 30 years combined experience, the Polaris Martial Arts instructors are passionate about improving the lives of others through physical, mental, and emotion training through the martial arts. Polaris Martial Arts is devoted to bettering the lives of each student.
Our students are not only trained physically to be able to defend themselves, but also mentally and emotionally to be able to overcome their fears and doubts. Polaris Martial Arts builds confidence to accomplish any task and become successful in life.
Mace DeVries started his martial arts training in 1986 while attending Northwestern University. Training under now Chief Master Rick Whitehead and Senior Master Doug Nakane, Mr. DeVries grew not only his martial arts talent, but his passion for instruction and became a nationally certified instructor in 1989. After years of teaching for different senior ranks, Mr. DeVries opened his own school in his hometown of Crete, IL in 2003. Over his martial arts career Mr. DeVries has recieved many State and District Championship titles.
After training in Traditional Karate at an after school program for a year Mr. Clancy's passion for Martial Arts drove him to train at a full time facility. He started training at Polaris Martial Arts in 2005, receiving his 1st degree black belt in October 2005. Mr. Clancy became a nationally certified instructor in 2007 and has continued to grow not only his martial arts accomplishment, but his passion for instruction.
Beginning his Martial Arts training at Polaris Martial Arts in 2007 at age 9, Mr. Riccio has not only grown physically in stature, but has grown as a professional martial artist and instructor. With his kind heart and his strong understanding of Martial Arts, Mr. Riccio is passionate about helping kids of all ages become world class martial artists and world class people.