Principal / Kickboxing
A former United States Marine, Don Rodger is the President of Apex Martial Arts Center/Open Guard BJJ and runs the day-to-day operations. Don also works with the teen and adult Cardio Kickboxing classes and the Competition Kickboxing team.
Don began his official martial arts journey in 2010, training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Professor Geoff Balme, Wayne Spinola, and Neal Weaver at the TFTC Academy in Clayton. While at TFTC, Don trained in kickboxing under Neal Weaver and Chad Boykin. Don fell in love with the sport of kickboxing and attended every seminar and clinic he could find. Don currently trains in Muay Thai under Chad Boykin and Chris Bright and takes instructor-course training with some of the area’s most recognized and respected Kickboxing and Muay Thai instructors.
In 2016, Don created Triangle Kickboxing Promotions to give amateur and professional kickboxers a venue to showcase their talent. As the first kickboxing promoter in NC in more than 13 years, Don worked with the NC Boxing Authority (NCBA) to create a uniform set of rules. Don continues to work with the NCBA to refine the rules and regulations for the sport of Kickboxing and Muay Thai in North Carolina. Since his first event in 2016, subsequent shows have tripled in size and now showcase some of the best local and regional athletes.
Don is presently an official with the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), and was selected as one of two regional judges for the 2017 IKF Worlds in Orlando, Florida. Don is also the regional professional and amateur Kickboxing/Muay Thai promoter for the IKF, as well as the Raleigh-Durham representative for the IKF Point Kickboxing Tournaments (PKB’s).
Don’s passion and dedication for the sport of kickboxing is evident whether he is teaching a class, cornering fighters, working with the NCBA to improve competition kickboxing rules & regulations, or working with amateur and professional fighters as a matchmaker and kickboxing promoter.