Headmaster William Kwok

Master William Kwok

Headmaster William Kwok is an internationally recognized martial arts educator with 40 years of martial arts experience. He is 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. Headmaster Kwok's experience has earned him high accolades for his dedication to enhancing the lives of others in the Asian community and Western society. As a professional martial arts educator, his mission is to provide martial arts education where more people would benefit from the mind and body integration for which traditional martial arts training is well-respected.. He is currently designing and launching the inaugural martial art inspired social-emotional learning (SEL) program for two public elementary schools.

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.

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

In addition, Headmaster Kwok comes from a strong academic background. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at Northeastern University. Prior to that, he earned master's degrees from Harvard University and St. John's University. He also 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.

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 3-5) 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.
Adults Program
Our Adults Program (Ages 13 and up) focuses on traditional Taekwon-do training with a practical, non-competitive and scientific approach.

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