Improve Your Life With  Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts Benefits

Welcome to the family!

Our Pekin Martial Arts school may seem like just another place to get fit and learn self-defense... but really, it’s so much more. When you train with us, you’ll really feel like you fit in, no matter what your age, background or fitness level is. You’ll also learn powerful adult martial arts, discover ways to keep your children safe, and learn secret tips to staying in amazing shape that only elite martial artists knew about before.

You’ll get into the best shape of your life, learn super cool self-defense moves, and experience changes in yourself that transform the lives of our new students. Sure you’ll get stronger and more toned, but the subtle changes in our students' minds are what amaze us the most.

We’ll help you get whole body fit, but below are a few of the more subtle changes our students experience in our classes, as well.

#1 Skyrocketing Self-Confidence

Something amazing happens when you start to move your body and bring physical fitness into your life...it creates a foundation. A foundation for more happiness, a sense of accomplishment, and a BIG BOOST in confidence! 

You’ll have a group of passionate instructors and classmates right there ready to support you as you push past your limits and strive to reach your martial arts and fitness goals. 

As you progress through class, you will quickly realize how amazing and capable you already are. Knowing that makes you feel more confident and sure of yourself and increases your ability to handle other life challenges that come your way.

Both kids and adults experience this and it’s one of the most rewarding things to see as a teacher. Kids – especially shy and quiet ones - blossom into superb leaders in the classroom, while adults tackle everyday tasks with more energy and a "can do" attitude. 

#2 Spot on Focus

Martial arts is demanding at times and requires your full attention. As you concentrate hard on listening to the instructor, then performing what they taught you, you start to build important links in your brain that improve your ability to focus better and for longer periods of time. 

What’s great is that this intense concentration naturally pours into all other areas of your life too.

Adults report being able to not only concentrate better at work, but they’re able to clear their mind at the end of the day a lot more easily. Kids benefit too as they pay more attention at school and at home… and that means they’re more productive. 

#3 Totally Fit and Toned

Each class is loaded with fun and challenging exercises. But because you're so focused on performing techniques, and having so much fun, you hardly notice it. Before you know it, the class is over, and you not only learned powerful martial arts, you got a great workout, too.

Being physically fit also boosts energy, mental clarity, and confidence.

#4 Community Connections

Get ready because your circle of influence is about to grow... big time! We're a tight-knit group here and everyone is all about support and friendship. As you struggle through tough training times, and smile through wins and victories, you’ll have your martial arts family right there to help and cheer you on. 

Friendship, encouragement, and high fives are part of every class. As you train together, you and your classmates will form an amazing bond. It's just an indescribable feeling.

#5 My Personal Favorite: FUN!

These classes are NOT military-style where someone shouts at you and forces you to do a bunch of things you hate! No, these classes are filled with FUN. Laughter can be heard throughout every class, people can be seen smiling, and the time flies.

We want you to enjoy coming here, so we make it as fun and engaging as possible for you. That goes for both kids and adults.

Meet Michael Yates
Owner at Kuk Sool Won of Pekin in Pekin, IL
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),

Michael Yates

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How to Get Started

Come join our Pekin IL, facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, and Evolution Fitness . Choose a program that most interests you and take 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. We hope to speak with you soon!