Master James Langlas

  Dr, James Langlas, (1951- 2018)

Dr. James Langlas, 8th degree black belt and former Co-President of the UTF passed away on  August 13, 2018 in Naples, Florida. He was the Co-President of the UTF for 22 years and started his Taekwon-Do  training in 1967.  His accomplishments in the martial arts include:

  • 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
  • Published a martial arts book  in 2012,  Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life, 

Obituary of Master James Reimers Langlas  

James Reimers Langlas, 67, of Naples passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on August 13, 2018. Born in Waterloo, IA , he was the son of the late Reimers “Jim” Ludwig and Mary Kathryn (Gallagher) Langlas.

Jim was a devoted husband to his college sweetheart and love of his life, Michelle, whom he married on June 14, 1975. He was a loving father to Jack (Ellie) and Chelsea, and doting grandfather to Aidan and Maeve. They will miss him dearly. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas Langlas and sister, Laurlie Joyce. After retiring from the Wheaton-Warrensville (IL) School District 200, he renewed his teaching career at Florida Southwestern College in 2008. He was an enthusiastic and much loved teacher, a talented poet, and a skilled martial artist. Anyone who knew Jim would say that he was a compassionate and caring man who put others before himself. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 10 AM at Saint Peter the Apostle Church, 5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. in Naples, FL, 34113. Gathering to start at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the “Dr. James R. Langlas Scholarship” has been set up to help students who struggle financially, while meeting academic requirements. Donations may be made online at Then write in the designation: “Dr. James Langlas Memorial.” For more about Jim and to offer online condolences visit

The above obituary was published in the Naples Daily News,August 18, 2018.