Biography – Master Matthew Gonzalez

Dr. Matthew Gonzalez¬† holds a 4th Dan ranking in Tae Kwon Do and is the owner of Allen Park Martial Arts Center in Allen Park, Michigan (www.allenparkmartialarts.com). He has been training in the martial arts since 1972. In addition to traditional Tae Kwon Do training, Master Gonzalez has trained in various other styles and specialization’s including Hapkido, Kung Fu, Ground Grappling, Joint Locks and Manipulations, Krav Maga, CDT, EZ Defense, Quick Defense, Muay Tai Kickboxing, Cardio-Karate, Tai Chi, Power Yoga, Arnis Stick Fighting, Nunchaku-Do, Bo Stick, Kama, and various other Weapons. He holds National & International Instructor Certifications in Tae Kwon Do, Cardio-Karate (Aerobi Kickboxing, Quick Defense, EZ Defense, and CDT (Compliance, Direction, Takedown – personal protection/family protection tactical master instructor).

Dr. Gonzalez is well known in the area as a successful tournament competitor and trainer. He has competed nationally and internationally. He holds a personal record of 10 consecutive 1st place performances during tournament competitions in 1997 & 1998. He is a coach for Team USA and was recently nominated to receive an award for the USA National Hall of Fame for Master Martial Arts Instructors. He was awarded Master of the Year for both 2000 and 2001. His current school was listed as one of the top 100 most successful schools in the nation. Dr. Gonzalez has been teaching the Art of Tae Kwon Do since 1976 and has been certified as a Tae Kwon Do instructor since 1979. He has owned and operated his own school (The Allen Park Martial Arts Center) since 1996.

Dr. Matthew Gonzalez is also a Clinical Psychologist (specializing in Children/Adolescence) and a Neuropsychologist (specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury) . He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1983 as a Psi Chi National Honor Student where he was presented the prestigious James B. Angel Scholar Award. He received his Doctorate from Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, in 1989 where he was honored as an American Psychological Association Fellow, Ralph C. Bunche Fellow, NHSF Award recipient, and Merit Scholar Award recipient.

Dr. Gonzalez completed his one year internship at Wyandotte General Hospital in 1988-89 on the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit and the Medical Rehabilitation Unit. Since that time, Dr. Gonzalez has worked as a full time clinical psychologist in various capacities and settings including a) Director of Neuropsychological Services – Oakwood Hospital, Heritage Center; b) Staff Psychologist – Eisenhower Center for Traumatic Brain Injury; c) Staff Psychologist – Wyandotte General Hospital, Adolescent Unit; d) Private Practices in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology in West Bloomfield, Northville, & Dearborn; & d) Clinical Consultant to many outpatient clinics, head injury facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes. Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the American Psychological Association, Michigan Psychological Association, National Head Injury Foundation, Michigan Head Injury Foundation, Michigan Neuropsychological Society, Neuropsychology Division of APA, Clinical Hypnosis Division of APA, Exercise and Sports Psychology Division of APA, & Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD).

Dr. Gonzalez has been fully licensed by the State of Michigan to practice Clinical and Neuropsychology since 1989 and was certified as a clinical hypnotherapist by the Michigan Board of Examiners in 1990. He has made several presentations regarding his areas of specialty both locally and abroad (as far a London, England). He has been interviewed by local newspapers and TV stations regarding his innovative use of Martial Arts as a therapeutic tool for children at risk. His dissertation focused on his prevention research for at-risk youth, utilizing therapeutic Martial Arts training. In 1995, Dr. Gonzalez began teaching his unique brand of therapeutic Martial Arts to at-risk youth in the Allen Park school district. Because of the popularity of his program, Dr. Gonzalez decided to open up the classes to the general population of children in the community. By 1996, he had to open a small school to accommodate the large numbers of children being referred to his program. By 1997, Dr. Gonzalez had to once again expand his program due to increasing student enrollment and subsequently relocated to the studios current 4800 square feet facility. Enrollment continues to climb with the current student count somewhere around 400.