How do you choose the right martial arts program for yourself or your child? The first step is finding a school that is the right “fit” and offers not only the skills you hope to learn, but the values you embrace.
Troy and Tina Parker, a mother and son team, are the owners of Safeguard Martial Arts, part of the Langley community for over 20 years. “At Safeguard, our goal is to make a difference in the lives of the children and adults who seek to learn with us, through strong leadership, and delivery of innovative and inclusive programming. We are committed to providing exceptional martial arts training and customer service through our passion, integrity, ethics and dedication to our art.”
“We are first and foremost educators, teaching valuable technical and life skills in a friendly, safe and welcoming environment. With the tradition of Shotokan karate as our foundation, we build confidence, self-esteem, and courage, in our students, and help them develop strength of character, increase their ability to focus and learn, and to accept the unique qualities that make us all different.”
Choosing a martial arts school
Choosing a martial arts school should mirror your personal ethics and reflect the values you would like to develop in yourself or your child. At Safeguard, for example, staff is dedicated to helping students learn:
1. The value of commitment and perseverance – Students learn the value of goal setting and the appreciation of small achievements, which lead to the realization of long-term goals.
2. The value of a strong work ethic – They learn that hard work results in the reward of personal achievement, and that success cannot be “bought,” it can only be earned. Parents can only invest in the opportunity for success – the rest is up to them.
3. How to be safe, in a society which doesn’t always offer safe options – Adopting stranger awareness and dealing with the pressures of bullying is fully integrated within the programs at Safeguard, empowering students with the tools and knowledge to make good decisions in bad situations. Students learn to safely stand up for themselves and others within a well-structured martial arts program that sets clear boundaries, while encouraging students to become positive role models at school, home and within the community.
4. The importance of wellness – Students learn the importance of having a stronger, faster, healthier body in what can be a sedentary world of TV, electronics and online gaming.
5. The importance of respect – Students learn to work well with others, be humble in success and gracious in defeat, and to treat their families, friends and those in authority with consideration, empathy and respect.
”Safeguard Martial Arts is far more than just a martial arts school. We were honoured to receive the 2016 Small Business of the Year Award, and were nominated for Service Excellence that same year. We welcome you to visit our school and see why we have been voted Best of the Best in the category of Martial Arts Schools for 20 years in the Langley community!”