Mr. Gibson started his training in Martial Arts in 1989. Since then he has earned black belts in Hapkido and Farang Mu Sul. He has studied Russian Sambo, Filipino stick and knife fighting, Estakada, Juijitsu and American Boxing. He fought professionally for a short time in the Mixed Martial Arts arena, combining many of the disciplines he studied.
As founder of Pouncing Tigers, he has combined aspects of these Martial Arts to create a system for families. His guiding principle is to have families learn the basics of martial arts while allowing them to develop a love for what they are doing.
Mr.Gibson graduated from massage school in 1993. He has worked as a personal trainer since 1999. He went on to complete nutrition school in 2005 and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Why Choose Pouncing Tigers Martial Arts Academy?
Working hard and accomplishing goals can be a ton of fun! Pouncing Tigers students definitely have fun in class. The balance between fun and discipline gives the students an accomplishment that they can be proud of and enjoy. They know they are working hard and they look forward to class.
Live Virtual Classes
All of our classes are also available to students virtually. Students can take class online and in the School. After class, enrolled families can review a class they took or watch a class they missed to stay up to date.
LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY PARENTS ARE SAYING
If I could give this place more than 5 stars, I definitely will. Mr.Gibson and Ms.Deborah are incredibly polite, kind and so very professional! The entire team is awesome but Ms.Deborah and Mr.Gibson are the ones I've dealt with directly, so I can say this with authenticity!
I tried testing another program in Harlem (MMA Kids Fight back) and what a world of difference in how they treat people! I called MMA to see if they offer free trials to prospective students (my son is 5) and the person who picked up claiming to be the "Master" of the studio replied "that parents need to be committed and that he's been doing this for 30yrs, so is pretty sure he's good" My unspoken reaction was like "no way in hell my child is learning from someone so devoid of basic manners"!
Ms.Deborah and Mr.Gibson were the complete opposite, even though they've got a lot to boast about. In any case, I made my decision based on the strong value alignment in addition to entrusting my child with a reputable institution.
Ms. Deborah is such a humble, strong, kind, and lovely human being! The customer service desk at the West Harlem studio was packed when I came in yet she never lost her cool and took her time to explain everything to everyone with inquiries and treated everyone with respect and kindness. She's a rock star and I am so very proud to be associated with Pouncing Tigers. I can't recommend them enough!!!
I Love this place! The staff has been amazing with my son.... He has changed so much since he started Pouncing Tigers!!! His focus, self discipline, self confidence, demeanor and class participation has greatly improved in such a short period of time!!!! He loves the staff who has been great in teaching him what he needs to know!!! They take time to educate the future black belts of tomorrow!!! I really suggest this place as it is truly a gem!
Both my boys have been going to Pouncing Tigers for almost 2 years and LOVE it! They have big goals to become black belts and want to continue their journey with Pouncing Tigers until they do. They love their main instructor Mr Anthony so very much and also love when they get surprised by a class with Mr Gibson himself! Thank you for supporting my boys both through martial arts and generally in their day to day life.