A Chat with Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Central Pennsylvania
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Tiger Rock Martial Arts is a 200-school organization and is ranked the number-one martial-arts franchise in the country by Forbes magazine.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Never keep it the same! Always innovating and keeping up with the latest sports science, Tiger Rock was voted the most innovative organization according to Taekwondo Times magazine.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My kids. When I retired from boxing and the Marine Corps, within a year of each other, I wanted something I could do as a family.
What do you love most about your job?
Taking a kid that can’t do a jumping jack and turning them into a national or world champion! We’ve made 21 national champions and seven world champs so far! Right here in New Cumberland!
Tiger Rock Academy
The history of the punch is only slightly longer than that of tae kwon do, a fighting art whose origin lies some 4,000 years into Korea’s past. Throughout millennia, tae kwon do evolved through the stewardship of many masters, whose personal touch created many branches of the martial art. Grand Master Won-kuk Lee developed the chung do kwan school, and from this bough of the tae kwon do tree sprouts the style taught at Tiger Rock Academy.
The instructors splice the art’s ancient tenets with modern sports science to develop programs that implant athleticism, discipline, and self-confidence in students of all ages. Grappling and han mu do classes introduce the softer techniques of joint locks, takedowns, throws, and singing lullabies until an opponent falls sleep. Students condition their bodies for combat through exercise classes such as Kisado Interval Fitness training.