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Welcome to our dojang!

Building character since 1987.

Gentle East started teaching Taekwondo as Woodlake Martial  Arts in 1987 in the aerobics center.  In December of 1994, after seven years of steady growth, we moved to a larger building. We also changed the name to Gentle East, in honor of our parent school in Silver Springs, Maryland. In 2009 due to the growth, the school experienced we moved to our current location.

At Gentle East Martial Arts, you will find outstanding quality, tremendous discipline, and the best atmosphere for adults and children of all ages!

Gentle East has and always will be focused on providing the Midlothian community with the best environment for students to learn Taekwondo and Leadership skills so that they, in turn, have a positive impact on the community.

With combined experience of over 100 years of teaching experience in the Midlothian community, GEMA Grand Masters and Masters provide you with the best Taekwondo program available.

Both Grand Masters are 7th Degree Kukkiwon Black Belts and have a passion for sharing their Taekwondo knowledge with the students. Grand Master Bernard Robinson shares his experiences as an International Tournament Referee with students studying Olympic Style Sparring. Grand Master Barbara Robinson leads our Mothers’ Morning of Martial Arts (MMOMA) program.

4th Degree Master Eric Rangel-Ribeiro is the only Para Taekwondo Certified instructor in the area and has developed and teaches a Special Abilities Taekwondo Program at James River and Midlothian High Schools and Robious Middle School. He also teaches our Little Dragon Program as well as White through Black Belt Classes.

4th Degree Master Joshua Fracker enjoys working with students of all ages and ranks. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences as a student, instructor, and former competitor. He leads our Sparring classes and our Demonstration Team.

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Come experience the difference being a part of the family can make in your training!


Customer Reviews:

May 16, 2017:

Thank you very much for being so considerate of my kids’ (and other kids of course!) safety!!  And thanks for Saturday, it touched my heart to see Connor accomplish something new and feel so proud of himself.  You are doing holy work over there!  Thanks so much!!  

Liz Grinsell