The New Gentle East Graphic

The story behind the new T-Shirt Graphic

One of the most important lessons I learned from Mrs. Grand Master Robinson was that Gentle East Martial Arts needed to be a positive force in our community. To fulfill that mission, over the years, we have taught free self- defense clinics for women; and it is why our annual tournament raises money for a cause or an ailment that impacts a student or a student’s family.

            My work with Robert Hopkins and the athletes at Sportable RVA also helped me realize that far too often people with disabilities are not given the opportunity to participate in Martial Arts. This is why during this year, we have offered classes to disabled students at Robious Middle School and James River and Midlothian High Schools.

            While International Taekwondo organizations have been striving for some years to increase opportunities for disabled students to participate in programs, few schools in the U.S. have been willing to modify their curriculum and adapt their programs to match the abilities of disabled students. My vision is for our school to be one of the exceptions, starting in the Richmond community.

The International Paralympic Committee has announced that Taekwondo will debut at the 2020 Paralympic games; with that in mind, I designed a logo based on the 5 Olympic Rings and Colors to graphically represent people of all abilities performing Taekwondo techniques. With the help of my brother-in-law Chris, a more talented artist than me, it evolved into the current graphic that appears on our T-shirts. When Master Fracker and I discussed a new T-shirt design for the summer, we realized that the new graphic applied to all Gentle East Martial Arts students and families. It embodies our motto of “Discipline the mind, The body will follow”; and the colors of the logo represent the colors of the Taekwondo belts

            The new logo also supports our mission to provide an environment that allows students of all abilities to develop to their fullest potential. It is my sincere hope, that in partnership with Sportable RVA and the Chesterfield County Public Schools, we can add a world-class ParaTaekwondo program to the Gentle East curriculum.  This will also provide Gentle East students the opportunity to learn how to work with and help people with special abilities.

Thank you,

Master Eric Rangel-Ribeiro


GEMA Games September 30, 2017


Come join us on September 30th as Gentle East hosts the GEMA Games.

Meet students from other local schools and enjoy friendly competition in Traditional Forms, Olympic Sparring and Board Breaking.

We are also raising funds to support: Team “Remembering Robinett” for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Event on October 7, 2017. More information about why we chose this cause will be posted tomorrow.

Enter one, two or all three events and increase your confidence in your ability to perform in a tournament environment.

Registration Link:

Cost $ 25 if you compete in 3 events
Or $ 10 per Event

Traditional Form Start Time: 9:30 you pick the form
Breaking Start Time: 10:30 break up to 4 boards
Sparring Start Time: 11:30
*Each participant must bring their own gear including Mouth Guards and Groin Protection

Rules for sparring: Modifies USAT/AAUT Rules
Matches will consist of two 1-minute rounds

Medals awarded as follows:
Gold: Completed 5 Matches
Silver: Completed 4 Matches
Bronze: Completed 3 Matches

 Our cause this year: 

One of the reasons we hold the annual GEMA games is to raise funds to support a charity or organization that has helped one of our Gentle East student families in their time of need. Here is why we chose LLS as the beneficiary of this year’s event:

“Thank you for taking the time to chat with me regarding Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I made a commitment to support this organization in December 2015 after my sister, Robinett, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and subsequently passed away.

LLS has an important mission: Cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodkin’s Disease, Myeloma, to provide support and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. and other blood cancers. LLS is also the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma.
To date, LLS has used funds raised to invest over $ 1 billion in cutting-edge research into advanced therapies while helping millions of patients navigate their treatments and access quality, affordable and coordinated care.

Thanks to research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since the early 1960s. Yet, despite these advances, about one-third of patients with blood cancer still do not survive five years after their diagnosis.

After the passing of my sister, I started serving as a Community Outreach Volunteer with LLS, which has helped me through my grief journey while helping others in a dynamic way.

Each year the LLS holds a Light the Night walk and fundraising event to pay tribute, support and bring hope to people battling blood cancers. This year, the local walk will take place on October 7 at Innsbrook, Glen Allen, Va. where we will walk to save lives. Any support you can provide for the fundraising effort will have a profound impact on the LLS community.

Angela Snead”