About Us

About Us

Hello, I’m Troy Parker, the heart and soul behind Safeguard Martial Arts. My personal story with martial arts is not just a tale of physical discipline; it’s a deeply emotional journey that has intertwined with my own experiences with ADHD, especially since receiving my diagnosis later in life. This unique path has profoundly influenced my teaching style and my connection with each student who walks through our doors.

From the age of 4, martial arts became my sanctuary, a place where the challenges of ADHD transformed into opportunities for focus, achievement, and self-expression. It’s where I learned that what makes us different can also be our greatest strength. My diverse training in Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), and XMA (Extreme Martial Arts Weaponry), culminating in a 4th-degree black belt in Karate, is more than a list of disciplines—it’s a narrative of perseverance, passion, and self-discovery.

In 2014, when I took over Safeguard Martial Arts, I saw a chance to create something special—a community that’s not just about martial arts, but about belonging, understanding, and mutual growth. My wonderful wife Kirsten, who works with neurodiverse youth and shares her own journey with ADHD and Autism, stands with me in this endeavor. Together, we pour our hearts into making our studio a place where everyone, especially those facing similar challenges, can feel supported and successful.

To me, being an instructor is about much more than teaching kicks and punches. It’s about nurturing hearts and minds, guiding those who see the world through a different lens, and helping them harness their unique talents through the discipline and joy of martial arts. At Safeguard Martial Arts, we’re not just building martial artists; we’re fostering confidence, discipline, and a sense of accomplishment in everyone who joins our family.

Safeguard Martial Arts is much more than a studio; it’s a community where each individual’s journey is celebrated and supported. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to deepen your martial arts practice, you’ll find a welcoming and inclusive environment here. We are dedicated to helping each student find their path to empowerment and selfdiscovery through the discipline and art of martial arts.

If you’re ready to embark on a transformative martial arts journey, one that nurtures both
body and mind, we would be honored to guide you. Reach out to us, and let’s begin this
inspiring journey together.