About Ken Gibson

My name is Ken Gibson. I am the founder and Head Instructor of Pouncing Tigers. For over 20 years I have been training in martial arts. As a teenager I started with Hapkido and continued on to learn Russian Sambo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Farang Mu Sul, Boxing, Kick Boxing, Escrima and Estacada. I received my first black belt in 1993 when I was 18 years old. For a short time, I even fought professionally in Mixed Martial Arts. I recently graduated with a Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine and am also the owner of Harlem Holistic Center.

Over the last decade I have been teaching children and adults in various martial art schools throughout New York City . I’ve taught in many afterschool programs during this time. I love 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 imbedded 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.

The Adults.

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

(646)477-1421

“Keeping things entertaining as well as educational is one key to success with young minds”.  Ken Gibson

Philosphy

Pouncing Tigers, Martial arts for children, is a combination of complementary martial arts styles. It is designed to teach children that respect and learning are fun. Strength building games, listening exercises and martial arts techniques are covered in every class. The martial arts techniques in the Pouncing Tigers classes have been specifically crafted to challenge the students and to encourage their success beyond the dojo, now and for years to come. The goal is to plant a seed now so that a love of martial arts, and the excellent habits that come with it, will grow with your child for the rest of their lives. And they love it!

My hopes for my daughter

I hope my daughter will have Self Confidence. I hope she will have Fortitude. I hope she will be Disciplined enough to work hard. To know she will succeed if she practices regularly. That she will be challenged and learn to overcome obstacles with Perseverance. I hope she develops habits of health and fitness that will last her whole life. To know she is not better than anyone else, but can excel beyond the norm if she puts in the time and consistency. I hope she enjoys herself most of the time and learns to not give up when things are difficult. I hope she will be brave enough to make mistakes, and wise enough to learn from them. I hope she will help build a more peaceful world and be able to protect herself any time she might need to. I hope she can forgive. I hope she can love. I hope she will always have gratitude in her heart for all she has and all she can become. And, I hope she earns her black belt.

Because I have seen this happen with so many students already, I don’t believe I am asking too much. I believe we should have clear expectations of our children. I think they should know we expect a lot from them. They should know we love them and support them and that we want them to succeed. And when they don’t succeed, they should know we expect them to learn and keep trying.

I hope my students become honorable adults and earn respect where ever they go. I hope they smile easily and

are filled with self confidence. I hope they contribute to their community and set examples for those who look up to them, as surely there will one day be.

Adult Program

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Schedule 2014

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(Please click the red ACCOUNT button above to see the schedule and reserve space in class).

All Sunday Tiny Cub, Little Cub and Jr. Tiger classes are at 131 West 72nd Street in the Ripley Grier Studios.

www.PouncingTigers.com
115 W 128th St (7th & Lenox)
646-477-1421

Summer Program

Pouncing Tigers Summer Program 2014 Information

For ages 5 years to 12 years                           @ Harlem Holistic Center               115 W 128th Street (between Lenox & 7th Ave.)

 

DATES & HOURS

Pouncing Tigers Summer Program is a seven-week program running from June 30th – August 15th

Hours are from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Extended Day hours are from: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

*note: There will be no class Friday, July 4th

SUMMER PROGRAM DISCOUNTS

  • 10% Discount for those who register before the end of the day on Saturday May 17 and have paid in Full.
  • 10% Sibling discount is available for all siblings of the first child registered at regular price.
  • Discounts cannot be combined and are available only on the cost of the regular summer program, not on Extended Day rates.

REFUNDS

Refunds are available up to one month prior to start date, minus a $100.00 handling fee. Refunds will not be offered after one month prior to the start date, nor will refunds be offered during the program.

REGISTRATION

  • Fill out and return the registration form. Emails can be sent to: mr.gibson [at] pouncingtigers.com
  • Fill out and return the Agreement of Release and Waiver of Liability Form.
  • Submit a $150 deposit to hold your reservation.
  • Select the weeks of attendance.

GEAR

Each student will receive 2 Pouncing Tiger Summer Program tee shirts and a Pouncing Tiger bag. The Summer Program tee shirts must be worn daily to classes. Additional shirts can be purchased for $15 each.

Lunch and Snacks

Students will need to bring their own lunch and full water bottle to class every day. Sorry, we cannot provide food.

Schedule

Pouncing TigersMartial Arts

Schedule 2014

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(Please click the red ACCOUNT button above to see the schedule and reserve space in class).

All Sunday Tiny Cub, Little Cub and Jr. Tiger classes are at 131 West 72nd Street in the Ripley Grier Studios.

www.PouncingTigers.com
115 W 128th St (7th & Lenox)
646-477-1421

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It’s been wonderful watching our daughter learn martial arts. Even as a four year-old she was been able to enjoy the virtuous circle of physical exercise, concentration and pride in reaching goals. Certainly Ken’s easy nature with children and quickness to smile are no small part of the reasons she looks forward to class every week.

AJ

Ken Gibson is one of those extraordinary teachers. We’ve enjoyed watching our son thrive in the Pouncing Tigers Children’s Martial Arts School – gaining both skills and discipline, as well as having a whole lot of fun.

Carolyn and Jonas

Mr. Gibson is patient and very in-tune to what my son needs during each class. He challenges and encourages my son each session and my son looks forward to Karate class every Saturday.

Felicia

Early in his life, our son, Brayden, shied away from physical activity. My wife and I enrolled him in the Pouncing Tigers Program and he has made a lot of progress both within the program and out of the program. He not only moved up the ranks to his orange belt but has been enjoying all other sports outside of this highly kid-friendly martial arts class. Mr. Gibson has truly mastered the art of teaching the kids discipline while maintaining an environment that is fun and enriching!

Ted

My son has never been much of an athlete, always the slowest runner and not the best climber. He is almost always the smallest in the class. But I know that as he matures, none of that will matter mostly because of the skill and confidence he gets from Mr.Gibson’s class.

Lisa

Contact Us

Mr.Gibson@pouncingTigers.com

We have locations in Harlem and the Upper West Side.

@ Harelm Holistic Center
(Tuesday, Friday, Saturday)
115 W128th Street, Ground floor.
New York, New York 10027
Subway: Take the 2 or 3 train to 125th Street
Bus: Take the M7, M102 to Lenox and 128th St.

@ Ripley Grier Studios (Sunday Kids Classes)
131 W72nd Street
New York, New York 10024
Subway: Take the 1, 2, 3, B or C trains to 72nd Street
Bus: Take the M72, M11, M7, M5, M104 , M57 or M10 to 72nd Street


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