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Please join us in welcoming our newest affiliate UMKS dojang, Korean Martial Arts Center, located in Galesburg, Illinois. Galesburg was one of the first two Kuk Sool school established in the United States around the year 1974. It was originally owned and operated by 8th Dahn Master Ed Sanchez until his passing in 2019. 6th Degree Master Ashley Sanchez, his daughter, assumed ownership and has been enthusiastically serving the Galesburg community ever since. GGKJN Ashley Sanchez started training in Kuk Sool in 1989 when she was 4 years old. She was the youngest black belt in Kuk Sool when she earned her black belt at the age of 7 years old. She earned the honor of Jr. Grand Champion at a tournament when she was about 11 years. She was promoted to 3rd Degree black belt when she was 15 years old. When she was 27 years old, she was the youngest female promoted to 5th Dahn Black Belt (Master) in October 2012. We are truly honored that GGKJN Ashley Sanchez is bringing her years of experience and love of martial arts to UMKS. Welcome to the UMKS family!!

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