Mary Ellen Vaillancourt, Sah Bum Nim (Master Instructor): 1959-2015
5th dan Tang Soo Do
5th dan Taekwondo (Kukkiwon)
1st gup Hapkido Sun Moo Kwan
Mary Ellen Vaillancourt trained in the Korean martial arts since the late-1970’s and held the ranks of 5th dan in Tang Soo Do and a 5th dan in Taekwondo. All of Mrs. Vaillancourts Tang Soo Do ranks were received from Mr. Dana Vaillancourt andr their late instructor, Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim. Ms. Vaillancourt was an Executive Committee member with the World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation (WMDKTSDF), a WMDKTSDF master instructor and received several Letters of Commendation and Certificates of Appreciation from Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim. Ms. Vaillancourt was selected to be in the Third Edition of Who’s Who in American Martial Arts and received a Recognition Award from TaeKwonDo Times magazine in 1992. She also held Taekwondo dan rank from the Kukkiwon and was a certified instructor with the Vaillancourts Korean Martial Arts curriculum. A long-time teacher, she previously had her own Dojang (Belle Fourche, SD) and had promoted numerous students to dan rank. Mrs. Vaillancourt fought a courageous 6 and 1/2 year battle with three different primary cancers and continued to train and teach whenever possible. Vaillancourt's Korean Martial Arts mourns the loss of a valued teacher and Mr. Vaillancourt's best friend and spouse of 33 years.