The Kids classes!
Tiny Cubs – ages 3 & 4 years old
Little Cubs – ages 5-7 years old
Jr. Tigers – ages 8-12 years old
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.
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.
The Adult Classes!
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. We 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. We don’t mind when someone has a hard time in their first classes or if they cant finish some of the exercises. Because we 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.
The Adult Kickboxing classes are for those looking to not only get a great workout, but to develop a skill. The skill is straight up kickboxing techniques with a fun playlist to keep your juices flowing! This class is fitness based utilizing actual kickboxing skills. This is NOT a dance/aerobics class taught by someone with who has never thrown a punch before!
Imagine looking forward to working out. Imagine working out with other like-minded people where the time seems to fly by.
Hapkido Classes are self defense classes with a more traditional approach for Teens and Adults. Working toward your Black Belt, you will learn not only martial arts skills like throwing and join-locks but also the principles of a more peaceful fulfilling lifestyle. A Black Belt is a White Belt who never gave up. This class is for people with serious goals. Come take a look.
115 W128th Street, New York City
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.”