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 National Martial Arts Alliance, we offer NMAA 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 NMAA 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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National Martial Arts Alliance

The National Martial Arts Alliance (NMAA) was founded by Master Jody Horn and Master Emma Horn in 2012 with their goal of creating a martial arts organization that offers more than just an affiliation for school owners. NMAA offers curriculum, instructor training, sales training, consulting, tournaments, community, events, and support. Combining all these things makes The National Martial Arts Alliance the premier martial arts school affiliation organization.

We offer one on one consulting from school owners who have overcome many of the same obstacles you might be facing. Let our experience of running successful schools for over 20 years turn your passion into your profession. We have modern and up to date curriculum designed to keep students engaged and parents happy. You bring value to your school already, now let NMAA help bring that value directly to your clients. Imagine having 200 active students all happy in your program because they see the value and benefits that you and your school provide. We can help you get there!

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