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Master Ferkile


Founder and Head Ferkile’s Taekwondo, Master Ferkile has been practicing the art of traditional Taekwondo for over 40 years. Currently holding a Kukkiwon 6th Degree Black Belt, Master Ferkile earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in 1979 in the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Shortly after in 1985, he established Ferkile’s Taekwondo in St. Petersburg, Florida, where numerous students have grown and prospered under his adept methods. To date, Master Ferkile has awarded over 60 Black Belts to well-deserving students, many of which remain with Ferkile’s Taekwondo to assist in teaching classes. Along with teaching the traditional aspects of Taekwondo in the Do Jang, Master Ferkile has an extensive history with the Olympic style Taekwondo. He has coached, competed, and medaled at many State, National, and International Championships. A numerous amount of his students has also gone on to Compete and Medal at countless State, National, and International Championships under the Ferkile’s Taekwondo Banner. This includes sending two students to train at the Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs and Represent the United States as national team members. Master Ferkile prides himself on the atmosphere of respect and community his teaching creates, and as a result a large number of his students have gone on to lead successful lives.

You can contact Master Ferkile at or call (727) 512-7371



  • Co-Author of You Hit Like a Girl, Hunting House Publishers, 1992

  • Honored as Man of the Year, World Martial Arts Hall of fame, 1996

  • USTU certified referee, 1994-present

  • Board Member, Kickin’ for Kids (501 C 3 organization, raised money through local martial arts competitions for charity.) 1995-2000

  • State President, FLMA Florida League of Martial Artists, 1995-1998

  • Vice Chairman, USTU State referees, 1996-1998

  • State Treasurer, USTU Florida, 1998-2000

  • Chairman, USTU Florida State Championship Committee, 1999



  • 1993, Medalist Pan American Games

  • 1994, Athlete World Chung do Kwan Championship London, England

  • 1994 May, Placed 2nd in USTU National Championships Board Breaking

  • 1994 March, Placed 1st in USTU State Championship Board Breaking

  • 1995, Placed 1st overall points Board Breaking FLMA State Championship

  • 1995, Placed 1st overall Men Light Weight Sparring Division FLMA State Championship

  • 1993-1995, Medallist USTU Florida State Championships

  • 1996 March, Placed 3rd in USTU State Championship Forms

  • 1996 March, Placed 1st in USTU State Championship Board Breaking


Master Bill Ferkile

POSITION: Master, or sabeomnim (사범님, sah’-bum-nim)


Belt Rank:   6th Dan Black Belt 
Years Practicing Taekwondo: 41

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