Here at Vigilance Martial Arts, our staff is the secret to our student success. Each instructor has a rich background in the Taekwondo industry and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the team below! Our instructors offer the finest instruction money can buy. Learning martial arts will teach you focus, discipline, memory, goal setting, respect, confidence, and the realization of the effort that it takes to become a self confident individual.


We are Mr. and Mrs. Baquero,

We know how difficult and confusing finding a Martial Arts School can be!! We remember when we were a child, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. We wondered if we had what it took to succeed, and we weren’t the most athletic or confident child - quite the opposite. Little did we know that beginning our martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of our life! When we opened our school, we made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Emporia by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership, and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts. As a part of the American Taekwondo Association, we offer ATA Martial Arts programs that have a strong focus on personal development. The foundations of our morals, values and core character traits are formed in the organizations earlier years. For this reason, the ATA Martial Arts programs is an essential way to enhance the growth and personal development students of all ages.

Chief Instructor/Owner

Ray Baquero

Ray Baquero

3rd Degree Black Belt

I am 3rd degree black belt and a certified instructor with the National Martial Arts Alliance . I have been practicing martial arts since 1991 in multiple styles. In 1998, I joined the army and due to the increase of deployment, I was forced to take a break. I retired from the Kansas Army National Guard on November 7, 2018. I started my Taekwondo journey in 1991 where I worked my way to earn my 3nd Black Belt. I participate in the tournament circuit and hold 3 State Champion Titles and 2 District Titles. I encourage everyone to participate in tournaments and test their skills, and always make new friends!

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Stacie Baquero

Mrs. Stacie Baquero

3rd Degree Black Belt

Mrs. Stacie Baquero, I wear many different hats I am: mother of three, wife, Army reservist chinook mechanic and crew chief, and second degree black belt instructor and school co-owner. I love what I do, even when it’s difficult to juggle it all, but I encourage everyone to do what they love and never settle! Strive for progress and accomplishing your next goal! I started in 2014 when my husband suggested we try taekwondo as a family, and I have enjoyed every minute of watching four of us obtain our black belts.

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Songahm Taekwondo American Taekwondo Association

“Martial Art” is a broad term encompassing the many styles of physical discipline (fighting) arts that have been developed over the centuries. To say that the style of Songahm Taekwondo is just another “martial art” would be an oversimplified explanation of the world’s largest centrally administered martial art.

This system of teaching and training is unique in the martial arts community. During its early years, the ATA used the Chahng-hun style of forms (also used by the International Taekwondo Federation). But although this style was widely accepted in the Taekwondo community, Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee felt that its forms did not accurately reflect Taekwondo — particularly the strength and beauty of Taekwondo kicking techniques.

As a result, he believed the forms contributed little to the Taekwondo curriculum. For example, white belts were expected to know front kicks and side kicks, but no front kick appeared until the third (yellow belt) form, and there was no side kick until the form after that! From 1983 to 1990, Eternal Grand Master introduced the eighteen Songahm forms.

These forms are part of a fully-integrated curriculum, in which everything a student learns reinforces everything else. The forms contain all or nearly all of the techniques that students are expected to know at each rank, the one-step sparring segments complement the forms, and all of these patterns lead logically to the movements required for each succeeding rank.

The Songahm curriculum facilitates a smooth progression from one rank to the next, so that students who begin Taekwondo feeling they’ll never be able to do a simple block (for example) suddenly find themselves a few years later doing 360-degree jumping kicks with ease. Songahm Taekwondo also focuses on personal development of the mind and body. To say it is just self-defense would be to lose most of the valuable ideas and philosophy behind this ancient art. The heightened capacity for self-defense resulting from our Taekwondo is really a fringe benefit that is gained by dedicating one’s self to the values, philosophy and training of Songahm Taekwondo.

When learning, a student is in a true, traditional Taekwondo class, focusing not just on the physical but also on discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy and perseverance. A beginner does not focus on being a skilled martial artist within a month or two, as a strong foundation in Taekwondo must be built first.

Trying to advance beyond your level without proper guidance is like building a house on concrete that has not dried. Though the house may still stand, the foundation would not be as strong and the appearance of the house may not be as presentable. The ATA curriculum helps build a strong foundation of Songahm Taekwondo in each person, a foundation from which advancement in both the martial art (mind and body) and in self defense can be built and added on to in perpetuity.

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