Dana R. Vaillancourt

 

8th dan Tang Soo Do

8th dan Taekwondo

1st dan Hapkido Sun

       Moo Kwan (1991)

 

41+ years experience in Korean

       Martial Arts

 

M.S. Cultural Resources

       Management

B.A. History & Political Science

B.A. Sociology (Anthropology)

 

Professional archaeologist

        & architectural historian (retired)

VAILLANCOURT'S KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS

 

The Vaillancourt's Korean Martial Arts program is taught at three 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 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.  

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 (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.