ABOUT FERKILE’S TAEKWONDO
Established in 1985 in the city of Saint Petersburg, Florida. Ferkile’s Taekwondo was created to teach the sport and discipline of the traditional martial art Taekwondo to students of all ages and skill levels. For over 40 years, Master Ferkile has instructed countless students in the art of Taekwondo, as well coaching numerous students to state & national championships.
Master Ferkile and his team of dedicated instructors work diligently with each student to develop the necessary skills to advance within the art of Taekwondo. Classes vary from week to week and incorporate several elements of martial arts, which include physical fitness, self-defense, sparring techniques, Poomsae, and more. Throughout the year, students may also participate in outdoor or beach classes, competitions, and appropriate belt tests.
At Ferkile’s Taekwondo, you or your child will always feel like part of our Ferkile’s family and will receive the necessary support to succeed. Classes are offered at Shore Acres Recreation Center for a very economical monthly fee; with the first week of classes offered free of charge! Parents are also always welcome to attend and observe.
CLASS SCHEDULE & SPECIAL EVENTS
THE JOURNEY BEGINS HERE
If you’re new to Taekwondo, these basics will get you started on the road to success.
The world of martial arts encompasses a multitude of techniques and methods, each with a unique style and discipline. We happen to think Taekwondo is superior due to its nature, and the wealth of knowledge and skill it provides its students with.
Have you been considering enrolling your child or yourself but are feeling tentative? We invite you to attend and observe a class anytime you like, and as previously mentioned, your first week of classes will be FREE of charge to allow you to determine whether Taekwondo is for you. At Ferkile’s Taekwondo, we take pride in properly and appropriately sculpting our students for success, and one thing you will notice upon participation or observation is that no two classes are the same. In one class you may find yourself working on self-defense techniques, and the next you may be practicing Poomsae, or performing kicking exercises and focusing on cardio work.
Ferkile’s Taekwondo is dedicated help develop self-confidence, discipline, and self-control in all of our students, by helping them set, reach, and achieve their goals. Each student will be provided with the support and guidance to prosper within and beyond the walls of the Do Jang.
We encourage you to take a few moments to look around our site; Scroll down to read about the history, creed, and the 5 Tenets of Taekwondo. Whenever you are ready, stop by and visit us or contact Master Ferkile to schedule your first class today.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise. It requires focus and discipline, and yields benefits that go far beyond physical conditioning. Read more about the history and benefits of Taekwondo.
The Taekwondo Creed guides the training, behavior and techniques of its practitioners. Students are required to recite the creed for every test. READ MORE
The 5 tenets of taekwondo are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and the indomitable spirit. Read more here about these tenets & what they mean to practitioners of taekwondo.
FUN FACTS ABOUT FERKILE’S TAEKWONDO
years of teaching experience
black belts awarded
years Master Ferkile has
been practicing Taekwondo
“KNOWLEDGE WILL GIVE YOU POWER, BUT CHARACTER EARNS RESPECT”
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Introducing our dedicated team who work together to teach the skills & tenets of Taekwondo.
“MARTIAL ARTS IS NOT ABOUT FIGHTING;
IT’S ABOUT BUILDING CHARACTER.”
If you’re a new student, you can read our student rules here. For current students, it’s always a good idea to refresh your memory. READ MORE
Each belt rank is assigned specific breaking techniques. Find the correct technique for your rank HERE.
There are several Taekwondo styles & federations, but the main two are the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF). Ferkile’s is a member of the WTF, the style used in the Olympics. LEARN MORE HERE
Belt color reflects a member’s proven level of competence, and the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is worthy accomplishment. READ MORE
Browse a selection of Taekwondo gear you can purchase from Master Ferkile in class. CHECK IT OUT
HOW TO TIE YOUR BELT (DHEE)
There are many ways to tie a belt for Taekwondo. The video to your right is the way Master Ferkile teaches in his program, using what are called double wrap belts. These are belts that wrap 2 times around your waist before getting tied in the front.
Video credit: Project MARTiAL YOU
Quick Reference Guide
LOCATION & HOURS
4230 Shore Acres Blvd NE
Kids, Teen & Adult Classes
Kids Class (ages 6+)
Tues, Thurs & Friday, 5:30 pm - 6:00pm
Adults & Teens Class (ages 14+)
Tuesdays & Thursday., 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fridays, 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Ferkile’s Taekwondo offers additional kids’ classes from September to May each year. Please contact Master Ferkile for more information.
LCC DAY SCHOOL:
4400 Chancellor Street Northeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Kids classes only (Ages 6 up)
Mondays, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
CLASS SCHEDULE & SPECIAL EVENTS
Please note: Walter Fuller and Shore Acres Recreational Centers do not currently offer online registration or payment, but will offer online payment options soon. In the meantime, please visit their websites by clicking the links below, or email Master Ferkile to schedule an introduction and attend your first class for FREE.
classes per month