Ken Gibson

Ken Gibson is the founder and head instructor of Pouncing Tigers. He has been studying martial arts for over 20 years and is trained in Hapkido, Russian Sambo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Farang Mu Sul, Boxing, Kick Boxing, Escrima and Estacada. He has taught adults and children for over 15 years at martial arts schools through out New York City. He started Pouncing Tigers to bring the benefits of martial arts to children. He believes that with a few simple rules, children can have fun while learning discipline, self control and respect. See www.pouncingtigers.com for info about the childrens martial arts program.

He also teaches the adult Kickboxing and the Hapkido classes for Pouncing Tigers at Harlem Holistic Center. If you want to reserve a spot in one of the adult Hapkido classes, or the Kickboxing Class please click here, this way we can make sure there is room for you! They can fill up quickly.  The Kickboxing classes are fun dynamic classes that work on kickboxing skills as well as provide an intense physical workout.  The Hapkido Classes are more traditional and have a strong focus on self defense and personal development.


Nafisa Sharriff

Reverend Nafisa Sharriff, founder and CEO of Entering the Holy of Holies, an Institue of Learning and Healing, Inc. (ETHOH) is an interfaith Minister, Meditation Master and teacher of of Spiritual Tools for Transformation. Every 3rd Sunday of the month she teaches a Universal Life Force Mediation Class from 2:30pm – 4:30 pm at Harlem Holistic Center.  Integrating the unique blend of her spiritual experiences, Rev Nafisa founded ETHOH, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) spiritual and educational organization to assist people to “recreate their lives in love!”

For more information please visit www.ETHOH.org


John Adams

I am a Second-Degree Black Belt with more than 15 years of experience in traditional Shorin-Ryu Okinawan Karate. As a social worker for the past 17 years and teacher of karate for the past 6 years, I have helped many people reach their goals. I teach privately or in groups. I can help you and your family to learn the techniques of karate not only from me but from each other through shared activity and teamwork. In addition your family “team” will gain high levels of fitness.

Karate has become my passion. Why do I say this? Because it’s not just about building a strong body. It’s also very much about personal growth and development and opening up new opportunities to move forward. You are always trying to perfect your karate skills but you never quite get there. Perpetually trying to reach the summit but always being a few steps a way. Making karate part of your life will be a very humbling experience.

A typical session will consist of meditation to clear our minds and prepare us for the training to come. We will then commence with a series of warm-up exercises to warm the muscles and open-up the body. Then we will work on basic karate techniques, which will begin to help you develop a strong foundation for more advanced techniques and training down the road. The majority of our session will consist of the practice of Kata (an organized series of blocks, punches, kicks, and strikes in a geometrical pattern against an imaginary opponent). The practice of kata will help you develop superior strength, reflexes, balance, and coordination. You will become stronger than you ever have before. We will finish with a cool-down, stretching and meditation.


We are located at 115 W 128th Street (Between Lenox and 7th) in NYC