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Michael Yates

About Kuk Sool Won of Pekin in Pekin, IL

Meet Michael Yates

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Kuk Sool Won of Pekin in Pekin
3rd Degree Black Belt

My name is Michael Yates, and my 1st martial art lesson came from a book I found in the school library.

I was being bullied and looking for a way to protect myself.

Since that day, my love of martial arts began to grow, and I knew one day I would open my own school. I trained in many different styles before finding my "home" with Kuk Sool Won™ in 2005. Once I began my training, I knew this was THE martial art I wanted to share with my Central Illinois friends and neighbors.

With permission from the Grandmaster, I opened Kuk Sool Won™ of Pekin in 2011. In three short years, Kuk Sool Won™ of Pekin has been recognized by local and national media. Our most recent and exciting recognition was a feature on our family of black belts in the September 2014 issue of Tae Kwon Do Times.

My hope for every student who walks through the door if for them to find success in everything they do. I see my students and the school as an extension of myself. I feel their struggles just as much as I feel their victories. There is much more to martial arts than self-defense. Let me show you what Kuk Sool Won™ can do for you. I look forward to guiding you on your martial arts journey.

"Gam Sa Ham Ni Da" (Thank You),
Kyo Sa Nim Michael Yates

How To Get Started

Come join our Pekin, IL Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kid's Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Self Defense, and Birthday Parties. 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 309-346-3466 if you have any further questions. Kuk Sool Won of Pekin hopes to speak with you soon!

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