Dana R. Vaillancourt


8th dan Tang Soo Do

8th dan Taekwondo

1st dan Hapkido Sun

       Moo Kwan (1991)


40+ years experience in Korean

       Martial Arts


M.S. Cultural Resources


B.A. History & Political Science

B.A. Sociology (Anthropology)


Professional archaeologist

        & architectural historian



The Vaillancourt's Korean Martial Arts Program is taught at three locations mentored by Dana Vaillancourt.  The primary course of instruction includes classical Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo.  Dana has trained and taught under the tutelage of two of the most senior Tang Soo Do instructors in the world, Grand Master Jae Joon Kim & Grand Master Chung Il Kim.  Grand Master Jae Joon Kim was a 9th dan (or degree of black belt) in Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo (Kukkiwon) and was the founder of the World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation.  After Grand Master Jae Joon Kim’s death in January 2007, Dana continued his Tang Soo Do training under Grand Master Chung Il Kim. Dana received his Tang Soo Do dan ranks up to 7th dan from Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim and was promoted to the rank of 8th dan in Tang Soo Do by Grandmaster Chung Il Kim.  


Dana is also no stranger to traditional and modern sport Taekwondo and also holds black belt certification and affiliations in Taekwondo with the World Taekwondo Chang Moo Kwan (Korea), Kukkiwon (Korea) and the United States Amateur Athletic Union's (AAU) Taekwondo program.  Dana currently has an 8th dan (#178) with the World Taekwondo Chang Moo Kwan.  While familiar with the methods and merits of modern sport Taekwondo, Dana stresses the more traditional training methods of Korean self-defense and self-improvement, placing less emphasis on the sport aspect. 


Due to Mr. Vaillancourt's high rank, teaching experience, and organizational affiliations, students at VKMA affiliates can test and earn gup and dan rank in both Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo.