651 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, 18018
(610) 694-0300

Who We Are

About Bethlehem Martial Arts Academy in Bethlehem,

John Gallagher

Owner and Chief Instructor at Bethlehem Martial Arts Academy in Bethlehem, 6th Degree Black Belt

Bethlehem Martial Arts Academy is a karate school that provides traditional martial arts training to give students the mental and physical skills they need to be successful in the modern world.  

We have been helping children and adults in the Lehigh Valley improve their lives since 1987. That longevity shows how much love and passion we have for teaching and the long-term success we’ve had training countless families from all walks of life.

We welcome everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. It’s a warm, welcoming, family atmosphere here… a home in which students can feel comfortable no matter. We will work with you at your level and at your pace to keep you safe, seeing progress and achieving your goals.

We are a traditional martial arts school that teaches the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do.  Tang Soo Do students learn to develop powerful blocks, kicks, and punches for self-defense purposes. Tang Soo Do also utilizes different elements of joint locks, throws, sweeps, and take downs to achieve self-protection. 

More than that, however, students at Bethlehem Martial Arts Academy are taught to develop the mental aspects of traditional martial arts - focus, concentration, resilience, and courage - in order to improve every aspect of their lives.  Our students have seen TREMENDOUS improvements in their personal, academic and professional lives. 

Training at Bethlehem Martial Arts Academy will help your entire family develop and improve every part of your body, mind, and spirit including…

  • Skyrocketing focus and confidence
  • Improved goal setting skills & follow through
  • Amazing core & total body strength & hip mobility
  • Tremendous gains in fitness and boundless energy
  • Inner strength, determination & endurance

All those character-building skills help to ensure that you reach your full potential and experience success in life – no matter what age you are. 

And that’s PRICELESS. We like to think of it as “affordable excellence.” 

Check out the super-low, RISK-FREE web special going on right now! Classes fill up fast because it’s such a fantastic deal so reserve your spot today… and start your journey to personal excellence!

Whether you’re a kid or adult, you'll learn some really awesome self-defense techniques like epic kicks, powerful punches and strategic strikes that will work your entire body, challenge your mind, and WOW your friends and family! Not to mention you’ll be able to overcome any opponent, anywhere.

Your child will learn how to be BULLY-PROOF and how to spot sticky situations so they can walk away before things get ugly. They’ll also develop courage and confidence and know how to defend themselves, if they ever feel threatened.  

Consisting of rigorous Tang Soo Do training, students get into fantastic physical condition and learn how to utilize the martial arts benefits of power, control, mental focus, and enthusiasm in their everyday lives. 

Tang Soo Do is also an excellent way for men and women to feel empowered, confident, and ready to protect themselves and family, if necessary.

At Bethlehem Martial Arts Academy, your goals are our goals and we have passionate and dedicated instructors to meet your needs and push you to your limits. Actually, we will help you push past your limits - slow and steady - so that you can reach your full potential. Imagine what you can be, do and have once you realize how much you can accomplish!  

The instructors are highly qualified, gentle but firm, and unbelievably patient. They stress the importance of having a positive mental attitude and always doing your best. Because they love what they do, they continually work on self-improvement and constantly learn cutting-edge strategies so that you get the most out of every class.  

Are you ready to experience the best prices, the most amazing staff, and have the most fun you’ve EVER had getting fit!

Read about the head instructor below to get a feel for the outstanding leadership here. We look forward to helping your reach your goals and become the best that you can be. See you soon!

Head Instructor 

Master John Gallagher has been training in the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do since 1983 and has been teaching in the Lehigh Valley since 1987. 

A certified International Instructor in the World Tang School Do Association, Master Gallagher has trained students at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. 

A professional educator, Master Gallagher uses current pedagogical research to help students at all levels achieve their best through Tang Soo Do training.  He is also very knowledgeable in the science of sport training and designs programs for safe and effective fitness for students of all physical conditions. 

Besides training in Tang Soo Do, Master Gallagher is also knowledgeable in aspects of weapons training, joint locks, and judo for effective self-defense. 

How to Get Started

Come join our Bethlehem, Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Adult Martial Arts, and Kids Martial Arts. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (610) 694-0300 if you have any further questions. Bethlehem Martial Arts Academy hopes to speak with you soon!