Dana R. Vaillancourt


8th dan Tang Soo Do

8th dan Taekwondo



44+ years experience in Korean

       Martial Arts


M.S. Cultural Resources


B.A. History & Political Science

B.A. Sociology (Anthropology)


Professional archaeologist

        & architectural historian (retired)



The Vaillancourt's Korean Martial Arts program is taught at two locations mentored by Grandmaster Dana R. Vaillancourt.  The program's primary course of instruction includes classical Tang Soo Do, a precursor to Taekwondo.  Mr. Vaillancourt has trained and taught under the tutelage of two of the most senior Tang Soo Do instructors in the world, Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim and  Grandmaster Chung Il Kim.  Grandmaster 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 Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim’s death, Mr. Vaillancourt continued his Tang Soo Do training under Grandmaster Chung Il Kim. Mr. Vaillancourt received his Tang Soo Do dan ranks (Dan Bon # 14676) 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.  He is currently a member of the World Tang Soo Do General Federation (WTSDGF) located in Seoul, Korea.

Grandmaster Vaillancourt 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 (Seoul, Korea), Kukkiwon (Korea) and the United States Amateur Athletic Union's (AAU) Taekwondo program.  Mr. Vaillancourt  currently has an 8th dan (#178) and international instructor certification with the World Taekwondo Chang Moo Kwan.  While familiar with the methods and merits of modern sport Taekwondo, Mr. Vaillancourt stresses the more traditional training methods of Korean self-defense and self-improvement, placing less emphasis on the sport aspect.  He is currently a member of the World Taekwondo Chang Moo Kwan (WTKDCMK) located in Seoul, Korea.

Mr. Vaillancourt also has experience in Hapkido, having taught his first Hapkido program in Delmar, New York in 1989 and later continuing in South Dakota.  He was fortunate to continue to train Hapkido in Virginia while he worked in Washington D.C.