About Us: Founded in 2007, by Ken Gibson, Pouncing Tigers started with a four student Martial Arts class for children in a rented studio on the Upper West Side. Now, located in Harlem, Pouncing Tigers is a Martial Arts Program with 50 classes and 9 after school programs. Our students range from 3 years old to adults.
As of January 1st, 2018, Pouncing Tigers has two brick-and-mortar locations! The Headquarters on 128th St., and PT East Harlem is on 2nd Ave!
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 combined aspects of these different Martial Arts to create a system for children and dynamic kickboxing classes for adults. His guiding principle is to have kids 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.
Mr.Gibson can be reached at email@example.com
Manager, and Lead Instructor, 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 is working through the advanced ranks now. His Hapkido Black Belt Goal Date is October 26th, 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.
Born and raised in New York City. Mr.Jahmel began his marital art journey at 18, and obtained his black belt at 21. He has taught martial arts on and off for 11 yrs.
Mr. Jahmel loves comic books, video games, stand-up comedy, The Simpsons and mangoes.