Dr. James Langlas (Florida)
Kwajang Nim & Co President of the U.T.F. - 8th Dan

Dr. James Langlas, 8th degree black belt, has been training in Tae Kwon-Do since 1967.   Dr. Langlas retired from the Wheaton School district in 2007 after 33 years of service and now lives in Florida.  Among his accomplishments in the martial arts:

  • Awarded 8th Dan 2012
  • Awarded 7th Dan 2003
  • Appointed along with Mr. Paul Irvin as leaders of the UTF by Grandmaster Han Cha Kyo in 1996.
  • Promoted to 6th Dan and received Master status in a ceremony performed by Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi in 1996.
  • Owned and operated Langlas Tae Kwon-Do, the foundation of Pathways Tae Kwon-Do, for over 27 years.
  • Has taught over 300 students to the rank of black belt.
  • Founder of Pathways for Achievement, a non-profit organization aimed at helping at-risk teenagers learn Tae Kwon-Do, get tutoring help and perform community service.
  • Member of the 1974 World Champion Tae Kwon-Do team at the ITF World Tournament in Montreal, Canada.
  • 1st place Pattern competition and 3rd place Board Breaking at the ITF National Tournament, 1974.

Dr. Langlas holds a Ph.D. in English and taught in the Wheaton schools from 1974 through 2007. 


In 2012, Dr. Langlas' book Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life was published and is available now at book stores and online.