Headmaster William Kwok

Master William Kwok

Headmaster William Kwok is a Doctor of Education and an internationally recognized martial arts master with over 45 years of experience. He serves as the headmaster of Gotham Martial Arts and the founder of Martial Arts Education Society. He also serves as the Co-Chair of Harvard Alumni for Education in New York City. As a professional martial arts educator, his mission is to provide education that benefits more people through the integration of mind and body, a hallmark of traditional martial arts training. He is currently designing and implementing an inaugural martial arts-inspired social-emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness program for K-12 schools and universities.

Beginning in 1998, he assisted Grandmaster Suk-Jun Kim in teaching and promoting Taekwon-do. In 2007, with encouragement from Grandmaster Kim, Headmaster Kwok established Gotham Martial Arts in Manhattan and began teaching traditional Taekwon-do and Practical Wing Chun Kung Fu on a full-time basis. Headmaster Kwok has conducted martial arts education seminars at prestigious institutes including the Korea Society, JP Morgan Chase, Princeton University, and Harvard University. In 2015, he was honored with the "Community Leadership Award" by the US President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Award. In February 2019, he was presented with the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the community. Starting in 2022, Headmaster Kwok has served as a safety training facilitator for the Asian American Federation (AAF)'s Hope Against Hate Campaign, teaming up with his students to champion community safety and uphold the ethos of "Standing Strong Together.

In addition, Headmaster Kwok comes from a strong academic background. He holds a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning from Northeastern University. His dissertation focused on implementing martial arts education and mindfulness in the US education system. Prior to that, he earned master's degrees from Harvard University and St. John's University, and studied physical education at Columbia University. Headmaster Kwok was an adjunct professor of Managerial Studies at the City University of New York before teaching martial arts full-time. To learn more about Headmaster Kwok, please click here for his Wikipedia biography.

Community Leadership Award by the US President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Award.

Headmaster Kwok and his student, Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli in The Jungle Book (2016)

Our Programs
At Gotham Taekwon-do, all teachers are personally trained by Headmaster Kwok. Our students' growth and safety are our top priorities.
Teaching Philosophy
Our evidence-based curriculum consists of practices that have been examined through rigorous research.
Little Heroes
Little Heroes (Ages 4-5) program is designed to enhance children's developing mental and physical skills in a fun and motivating way.
Martial Mind
Martial Mind (Ages 5-7) is an integrated self-defense and social-emotional learning program.
Juniors Program
Juniors Taekwon-do (Ages 8-12) is a traditional martial arts program with the emphasis of appropriate social behaviors.
Teens & Adults
Our Teens & Adults Program (Ages 13 and up) focuses on traditional Taekwon-do training with a practical, non-competitive and scientific approach.

In-Person group and private lessons are available for children and adults, please contact us.