About Ken Gibson
Mr. Gibson is the founder and Head Instructor of Pouncing Tigers. For over 20 years he has been training in martial arts. He started training as a teenager with Hapkido and continued on to train in Russian Sambo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Farang Mu Sul, Boxing, Kick Boxing, Escrima and Estacada. He received his first black belt in 1993 at the age of 18 years old. For a short time, he even fought professionally in Mixed Martial Arts. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine and is also the owner of Harlem Holistic Center.
For over a decade he has been teaching children and adults in various martial art schools throughout New York City . He’s taught in many afterschool programs during this time and loves working with people of all ages. “Teaching children is a joy to me and my classes are unique. Keeping things entertaining as well as educational is one key to success with young minds. I love to mix it up with the adults and get a little more serious. Though I still enjoy some levity in the adult classes too.”
The Kids classes.
I have always enjoyed children, but teaching them martial arts did not come naturally. My first attempt to tame wild children was … shocking. If you told me then that I would found my own children’s martial arts school, I would have thought you were crazy. I discovered quickly that children learn in a very different way than adults. Throughout all this time I have learned a great deal about how to work with kids. To be more exact, they taught me how to work with them. If I can just be myself with them, have fun and follow a few simple rules, everyone has a great time. Though, I specially love when the parents get caught up in class and start shouting out the answers. The moms and dads I am talking about know who they are!
Teaching martial arts to children is, for some, automatically a bad idea. They think it is about violence. To bring a child who may or may not be having a behavioral problem to a school where they will learn to punch and kick does not make sense. But the truth is very different. Discipline, self control and respect are embedded into every lesson. In the Pouncing Tigers classes the students learn to listen more carefully and respond respectfully. And they do it with a smile. They don’t realize they will improve at school work, get along with others more easily and work harder at everything they do. Even children with developmental issues like ADD and ADHD excel when they participate in a good martial arts program. It happens all the time.
In the Kickboxing classes our main goals are to get a good workout and have fun doing it. We use kickboxing techniques to get in and stay in shape. By learning a real skill as we work out the time flies by. I love when people come into class and suddenly realize how much they have learned and how much stronger they are from when they first started. I don’t mind when someone has a hard time in their first classes or if they cant finish some of the exercises. Because I know when they are able to complete everything they will be able to see how far they have come. And hitting things just feels good sometimes.
Imagine looking forward to working out. Imagine working out with other like-minded people where the time seems to fly by.
115 W128th Street, New York City
Belt Promotions are the last Saturday of February, June and October. Also during the Full Cycle Belt Promotion week of the Summer Program Camp.
Make you sure you fill out the belt promotion form during the first week in the month of the promotion.
Birthdays At Pouncing Tigers
You Child’s next unforgettable birthday could be at Pouncing Tigers!
Option1. The main event: Party
$300. Up to 12 kids, Additional kids $25 (24 kids max)
You supply the food, goody bags and décor. We make the party unforgettable and make sure everyone has the best memories of their young lives. We can help set up and take down.
Option 2. Party and Decorations
$420. Up to 12 kids, Additional kids $25 (24 kids max)
We supply the fun and we set up a martial arts birthday party. Just bring your own goodie bags snacks, drinks and favorite birthday cake. We setup, clean up and conduct the same unforgettable party as Option 1.
Option 3. Come. Party. Go
$560. Up to 12 kids, Additional kids $30 (24 kids max)
We supply the cake, drinks, snacks, flatware, décor, pizza, goody bags, setup, takedown, and everything in between. You show up, party down, and walk away with a smile at the end.
*All parties are for up to 12 kids. More than 12 kids coming? No problem, there is an additional fee per child up to 24 maximum. Birthday guest of honor gets to cut the cake with a sword, break a board in front of everyone and is otherwise heralded as Awesome! We run extremely fun and also safe martial arts themed parties. Parties run about 90 minutes and are structured through out. Parents can stay and watch or come back at the end.