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Grandmaster Lorenzo Gibson has studied martial arts for over 35 years.  His foundation and focus is traditional Tae Kwon Do, a Korean art of self-defense.  He holds  the rank of 7th degree black belt, thus earning the title of Grandmaster.




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Physical conditioning and fighting skills are only part of the martial arts. Complete martial arts training prepares the mind and spirit as well. Tae Kwon Do is a way of life which stresses this unity of mind, body and spirit. It is a path to finding our true potential by developing these aspects simultaneously.  The deepest self confidence results. The martial artist is a survivor, meeting challenges of all types, mental, emotional, physical and social with a calm mind, patience, and the will to persevere.

Everyone has perfection within. It is the role of the teacher to help students find that perfection in themselves. It is the role of the student to be ready to learn, to be open minded to new ideas and to welcome challenges. It is important to recognize your limits and to give attention to your capabilities. Focus on maximizing your strengths so that individual limitations become unimportant.

A good martial artist and student will put all their effort into the task at hand and strive to be completely in the present. Slipping into the past or the future takes energy and focus away from the present moment. Pay attention to the task at hand while remaining aware of the surrounding environment. Responses will become natural and instinctive.

In the physical world there is an area around our body which we try to protect from danger. As long as nothing enters this circle, we remain safe. There is a similar circle around our mind. To allow feelings to dictate is to lose control. When we do not have control of ourselves, it is impossible to respond effectively to others. We must not succumb to anger, false passion or illusion.

The dojang is a place where we can find our inner self. Our partners are trying to understand themselves just as we are.





BALANCE of mind, body & spirit

Peace, Love, Truth, and Courage
Compassion, Understanding,
Forgiveness, Patience. Goodness,
Trust, and Honesty.

Are the ways.

I know that I am multidimensional:
I live future, past, and present,
Multi-dimensional, possibilities, and
Probabilities all at once.

I transcend the five sense: hearing,
Seeing, smelling, tasting, and touching.
To exercise my true self.

I transcend the intellect: systematic ways of
thinking, theories, methods, ideals,
Philosophy, concepts, numbers, words,
Thoughts, and science.
To exercise my true self.

I transcend duality. the opposites: right
And wrong, good and bad, likes and dislikes.
To exercise my true self.

I encourage creativity, imagination,
Intuition, and trust. They are the pioneers
of the mind.

I know that all are one and one is all, but the
Individual is more important than anything.

I know that everything is alive, nothing is
dead. Everything is good, and nothing is
bad. Everything is intelligent, nothing is
ignorant, and love is the essence of

I express love with all my physical actions,
All my words, and all my thoughts, and all my
Dreams and I wash all my fears with love.
— Master Lorenzo Gibson

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaving and earth. The name is the mother of ten thousand things. Ever desireless, one can see the mystery. Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations. These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gate to all mystery.
— Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching | 1
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together. Difficult and easy complement each other. Long and short contrast each other; High and low rest upon each other; Voice and sound harmonize each other; Front and back follow one another.
Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking. Then ten thousand things rise and fall without cease, Creating, yet not possessing, Working, yet not taking credit. Work is done, then forgotten. Therefore it lasts forever.
— Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching | 2
Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling. Not collecting treasures prevents stealing. Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart.
The wise therefore rule by emptying hearts and stuffing bellies, by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones. If people lack knowledge and desire, then intellectuals will not try to interfere. If nothing is done, then all will be well.
— Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching | 3



love and passion


Painting has been my first love and passion.  My first painting in kindergarten, was a finger painting of a tall tree full of green leaves, in the company of tall lanky grass swaying in the wind. The tree radiated an orange aura, as if the sunshine was coming from within the tree. My teacher was very impressed with the maturity of the painting, as if it suggested experience beyond my age. It was at that point I realized art would be a major focus in my life. Another memorable experience occurred a few years later on an elementary school field trip. We were visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. And I was so fascinated with the paintings that I felt drawn into them, completely forgetting about the class I was with. Gradually, the class left me behind, and when the teacher called for me it was like awakening from a dream. That experience with the paintings was so profound, as if I was feeling them with my whole being. I will never forget it.

Most of my paintings are of nature. I enjoy drawing and painting people, nature's creatures, and landscapes.