Working with the Harlem community for more than a decade.



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.    


Email: mr.gibson@pouncingtigers.com



Mr. Alex took up Okinawan Karate, in the form of Shudokan, at the age of 4. Over the years, the system evolved to include Goju-Shorei Kifaru, in which Mr. Alex holds the rank of San-Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) under Kyoshi Ron and Shihan Carol Reed of Lewiston, ID. A former wrestler, he is pursuing the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, currently aiming at Blue Belt. He is also involved in the Goju-Shorei Weapons System and Kendo.  With Pouncing Tigers, he has begun the Hapkido journey, and has earned the rank of First Degree Black Belt in 2019.


Mr. Alex is a Level 2 Certified Coach in the Training for Warriors system. He is also a BFA trained actor, former tap dancer, musician, and BarSmarts Advanced (L2) cocktail bartender.  


Mr. Alex is a big nerd. Comics, cult classic movies, and general silliness are always welcome.



Pouncing Tigers Martial Arts started in 2007 as a four student kids class in a rented space on the Upper West Side. Soon after, Mr. Gibson started renting what is now the West Harlem Headquarters from Neighborhood Holistic Center.  

Now, spearheaded by Mr. Alex and team, Pouncing Tigers Martial Arts is a program well-established in Harlem with its regular class schedule, special events, seasonal Kids Camps, and Birthday Parties!


As of January 1, 2018, Pouncing Tigers has two brick-and-mortar locations!  The Headquarters on 128th St, and the brand-new Pouncing Tigers East Harlem on 2nd Ave! 


128th St between

Lenox and 7th Ave

(646) 477-1421


2nd Ave between

104th and 105th St

(646) 882-0405

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