Master Sonya Casey - 4th Dan
Boo Kyo Sa Bailey Walsh
Kyo Sa Nim Garnet MacLean - 3rd Dan
Master Beckey Langille - 4th Dan
Master Drucie Janes - 4th Dan
I first joined Langille's tae kwon do so I could learn to protect myself. Not only did I learn to defend myself, but I learned respect, discipline and a sense of belonging. Joining tae kwon do was one of the best things I have done. Hard work and dedication does pay off and you realize that at every belt test, the new colour around your waist motivates you and pushes you to challenge yourself to get the next belt. All of us here at Langille's tae kwon do are family and I'm proud to be a part of this. Helping teach the younger students is rewarding when you see all of their progress from their first class to their first belt test moving on up through the ranks.
Kyo Sa Nim Danté (Max) Petty - 1st Dan
I started with Langille’s Tae Kwon Do at the NSAC in Truro in September 2003. When I started, I wanted to join for the fitness aspect of it. I did not want to go through a belt test and achieving a black belt was not my goal. I just wanted to be in the class to stay in shape. After a few weeks of classes, I was hooked and soon realized that I did want to get my black belt, so this became my new goal. I trained two nights a week during the scheduled classes and I also trained a few nights a week outside of class time. In June 2007, I was tested for my black belt in Meductic, New Brunswick in front of a very intimidating testing board. I survived the test and now proudly wear a black belt in Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do. I was promoted to second Dan after my test in June 2009 and was promoted to third Dan in April 2013. On May 27, 2017, alongside Drucie Janes, I was promoted to fourth Dan in Calgary, Alberta making us the first female masters in Canada in our style. What an accomplishment!
In the Fall of 2007, I started a youth Tae Kwon Do class at the Bulldog Interactive Youth Gym in Truro with the help of Mr. Langille. Unfortunately, the Bulldog gym closed down only months after we started,
so we decided to continue on with the youth class at the NSAC incorporating it into the Langille’s Tae Kwon Do school. This class later became known as our Warrior class (ages 8-12). Since then, we have expanded and started a Little Dragons class for ages 5-7. I am also an instructor in our adult class.
Since joining Tae Kwon Do and becoming a part of this organization, I have participated in many exciting opportunities including various seminars, workshops, tournaments and martial art camps in Canada and the U.S. I even had the opportunity to participate in a weekend work out in Truro with Georges St. Pierre, UFC Welter-weight champion. I have met and learned a lot from so many wonderful people. Along with participating and learning from others, I have spent a lot of time doing beginner classes for groups in the community such as Youth Groups, Sparks, Brownies, Colchester Day Camps, Take the Roof off of Winter, and even in the Truro Mall. We have put on many demos around town such as the Hubtown Fun Run, Marigold fundraiser, Hearland Tour, Truro Library, Harvestfest, and the Chignecto Central Sports Expo.
I have grown personally by becoming a more confident person who can communicate more clearly, honestly, and easily than I could have before Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do has helped me to further develop my leadership skills and I take that with me into all aspects of my life.
From Left to Right: Kyo sa nim Danté (Max) Petty, Kyo sa nim Matthew MacLean, Sa bum nim Sonya Casey, Sa bum nim Beckey Langille, Sa bum nim Wayne Langille, Sa bum nim Drucie Janes, Kyo sa nim Garnet McLean, Kyo sa nim Anastasia Berry, and Kyo sa nim Brett Roode
Kyo Sa Nim Anastasia Berry - 2nd Dan
Boo Kyo Sa Brianna Watson
When I first joined Tae Kwon Do I started in the Warrior's class. I joined because I couldn't find anything that could keep me interested. It didn't take me long to realize that Tae Kwon Do wasn't just an interest, it was something I could use over the course of my whole life. Over the years of being in Tae Kwon Do I've learned how to protect myself. Having that feeling of being capable of protecting yourself is absolutely amazing. Another big thing I've learned is discipline. Having the values you learn in Tae Kwon Do instilled in you at a young age makes you not only use them in Tae Kwon Do, but also in your everyday life. Assisting with the youth classes has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. Seeing them achieve their goals makes me feel extremely lucky and proud for being able to watch them grow.
Boo Kyo Sa Liam Hutt
I began as a student at Langille’s Tae Kwon Do in February 2004 when Master Langille invited me to take part in class. My son (Kyo sa nim Matthew MacLean) was just beginning as a white belt and I had been watching class. So with two left feet, terrible balance, and a little patience I tried it out.
Because of the skill and patience of Master Langille and other excellent instructors, I realized that with their help and hard work on my part there was definite improvement in fitness. As I worked up through the different ranks and watched others doing the same, I saw that by working on your weaknesses as well as your strengths improvements will follow. If you ask more of yourself and your body, it often will step up to the challenge.
I accepted an invitation and a challenge to take a black belt test on April 28, 2012 in Meductic, NB. After a test of several hours, the board of 14 black belts, several of them Masters from Canada and the USA, awarded me the honour of my black belt.
Afterwards, I was offered the opportunity to be an instructor with Langille’s Tae Kwon Do and accepted. Currently, I am an instructor in the adult class. On June 2, 2018 I achieved my third degree after being tested in Calgary, Alberta.
I began training in Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do in September 2003 under Master Wayne Langille in Truro NS at the Langille’s Athletic Centre on the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus (formally the Nova Scotia Agricultural College). In June 2007, I was tested for my 1st Dan in Meductic NB alongside Kyo Sa Nim Beckey Langille and Kyo Sa Nim Trent Osmond. We stood before a testing board of nine black belts and endured a five hour test. It was well worth all the blood, sweat, and tears…becoming part of the black belt family was an amazing honor and accomplishment.
I became an instructor within Langille’s Tae Kwon Do in September 2007. In March 2008, I also started helping teach a youth class run by Kyo Sa Nim Beckey Langille. I achieved my 2nd Dan in June 2009 and my 3rd Dan in April 2013. In May 2017, I was promoted to fourth Dan in Calgary, Alberta with Beckey Langille making us the first female masters in Canada in our style.
Throughout my martial arts life I participated in and judged several tournaments in Truro. I have attended various seminars in NS, NB and Maine as well I participated in a weekend training session with UFC champion Georges St. Pierre. I’ve been involved in teaching numerous Tae Kwon Do demonstrations for the Kid’s Fun Run, Truro Mall demo, Kid’s Expo, Summer Day Camps and Raise the Roof Off Winter. I love teaching students what I’ve learned. It’s very rewarding to see students’ progress up the ranks and evolve into outstanding martial artists. I am so proud to be a member of Langille’s Tae Kwon Do…I have much respect for my instructor and my TKD family. My life definitely would not be the same without TKD.
Master Wayne Langille started training in Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do in 1995 under Jared Christensen in Truro, Nova Scotia at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. After training with Mr. Christensen for three years, Master Langille became an assistant instructor within the school. In 1999, Master Langille took over the school as a red belt under the supervision of Master Robert Mason and Master Shane Morris from Woodstock, New Brunswick. He travelled to Woodstock monthly for training and went to Bangor, Maine regularly for workouts with Grandmaster Michael Clark.
In February 2001, Master Langille was tested for his black belt in Bangor, Maine. Master Langille achieved his second Dan rank in July 2003 and his third Dan rank in July 2006 in New Brunswick, Canada. In May 2010, Mr. Langille was promoted to Master (fourth degree) in Truro, Nova Scotia. In September 2015, Master Langille achieved his fifth Dan in Calgary, Alberta.
In February 2008, Master Langille travelled to Calgary, Alberta to train in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. After learning the Tang Soo Do curriculum, Master Langille was promoted to second Dan and Kyo sa nim in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do with certification from Grandmaster Ho Sik Pak.
Throughout his martial art career, Master Langille has judged, participated in, and won several tournaments throughout the Maritimes and New England States. He has attended various martial art workshops and seminars including Tao Kamp Karate, Aikido, Shotokan karate, Kickboxing, Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do and Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. Several trips were made to Augusta, Maine for training with Shihan Jeff Wood. During these sessions, Master Langille learned the additional Pyung forms, weapons disarming, and weapons forms. Master Langille participated in a weekend training session with UFC mixed martial artist welter-weight champion, Georges St. Pierre. He also trained for 6 months in Shoot Wrestling in Truro, Nova Scotia with Shi Gung Gerald Tobin.
Master Langille continues to run a tae kwon do school in Truro, Nova Scotia and oversees Little Dragons classes (ages 5-7), Warrior classes (ages 8-12) and Adult Classes (ages 13 and up). The school is continuing to thrive and expand with the help of six other dedicated instructors, Sonya Casey, Beckey Langille, Drucie Janes, and Garnet McLean, Anastasia Berry, and Dante (Max) Petty. Master Langille continues to uphold the high standards of Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do and expects the same of all of his students.
My name is Liam Hutt and I began training under Master Wayne Langille in September 2013 at the Douglas Street Recreational Centre. I first started training in Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do after receiving a free term inside of a gift basket I had won in a auction for a charity event.
I was interested in trying something new in order to get in shape and be more active and motivated, so I enrolled in classes weekly to pursue my goal of a healthier lifestyle. When I first started Tae Kwon Do I had no idea what I was doing and wasn't very coordinated with any of my kicks, hand techniques, or forms.
After months of training I grew better and learned many different self defence moves and weapons disarming.
It wasn't until my orange belt test that I realized, I wanted to work my way up through the ranks and someday earn my Black Belt.
I currently have a Red with a Black Band belt and am an Assistant Instructor (Boo Kyo Sa) with the Little Dragons and Warriors kids classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Through my years of being a student in Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do I have participated and judged in several tournaments and have been in demonstrations and events in the community.
Since enrolling in Langille's Tae Kwon Do I have had the amazing opportunity to train and interact with many amazing other people. In doing so I have become a better person, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I have learned Patience, Discipline, Motivation, Gratitude and many other key characteristics in becoming a better martial artist, that I can take with me as I grow older in life. I love to teach and hope to one day be an instructor. I want to inspire the generation after me, while continuing my training and work hard for future accomplishments.
I would like to personally thank all of the Instructors at Langille's Tae Kwon Do for believing in me and pushing me to a place where I never thought I would be. It's been an honour in working with other students and all of the children I teach, because it shows where I began and how I can use my knowledge of the style to inspire the youth in to becoming better versions of themselves. I am truly blessed to be a part of an amazing organization and I wouldn't trade the blood, sweat and tears I have put into this Art for anything in the world.
My name is Danté Petty, I'm also known by Max. I am from the island of Bermuda and moved to Nova Scotia in June 2003.
I started training with Langille's Tae Kwon Do in 2004, recommended by my older brother, Jared, who was already a student, at that time I was the youngest to join. I was extremely shy and not at all naturally athletic, but after many years with hard work and training I found myself more in control of my body and mind which has shaped me into the man I am today. I had to leave in 2011 and did not return until 2016 as I was living back home. When I came back, I immediately began training, and on January 28th 2017, after a 4.5 hour test which was definitely the most physical, spiritual, and mental obstacle I've ever experienced, I had achieved my Black Belt.
I have been blessed to have such phenomenal instructors to guide me through my journey, who I can call my family. Everything I have learned in Tae Kwon Do I apply to my life. I treat others with courtesy and respect, carry myself with integrity, any obstacle can be overcome with perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.
Aside from training, I had been helping assist in the Little Dragons and Warriors classes which has made me grow an immense passion for teaching. On March 13th 2017, Master Langille promoted me to an Kyo Sa Nim (Instructor). It's truly incredible to see how big this school is growing and I couldn't be any more honoured, proud, and happier to be apart of this family and representing this unbelievable art. Langille's TKD will teach you limits you never thought you could push.
My name is Sonya Casey. I am the Nurse Manager of Surgical Services at Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro. I am married to Chris and have two sons, Andrew and Michael. My mother had always encouraged me to do something for myself all throughout my life no matter what other roles I had.
I started in Tae Kwon Do in the Autumn of 1998 to get some exercise. The Moo Duk Kwan style was predominately a male sport at that time when I was under the instruction of Mr. Jared Christensen. I could not do all the repetitions of certain exercises but started off doing what I could. I liked that about his classes plus I gained confidence as I could continue to do more and more as time went on.
Mr. Christensen moved and Mr. Wayne Langille took over the school. It was the lifestyle of Tae Kwon Do that led me through the journey in which I finally obtained the insight that I could succeed in getting my black belt. This occurred when I had a brown belt and became an assistant instructor in 2004. Tae Kwon Do encompasses a life of respect, integrity, patience, perseverance, and building the positive components of your character. You learn that you can overcome hurtles and maintain a positive attitude. I have endured several physical injuries including ones to my back and knee and kept going.
My first degree black belt test was one I will never forget - a 3.5 hour grueling physical and mental test. I proudly obtained it on December 28, 2005. I continued on to receive my second degree black belt on July 12, 2008. I got my third degree on July 16, 2014. On June 2, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta I was promoted to fourth degree - Masters level. I have realized that Tae Kwon Do is a lifetime art which promotes continual self improvement both mentally and physically. I cannot imagine life without Tae Kwon Do and being part of its family here in Canada and in the United States.
I started Tae Kwon Do under Master Wayne Langille January 2010, at NSAC. I can say without a doubt that I am far from the 12-year-old girl that first came to class all those years ago. When I first started, my goal wasn’t to become a black belt, or to progress through any of the belts in any way; I started because my mom wanted me to learn self-defence, to know how to protect myself in case of an emergency. It wasn’t until later, when I began to improve, that I started to like the art. After seeing the progress that I was making, I grew to enjoy the classes even more, and looked forward to going to class every week, to work on my kicks, hand techniques, forms, and most importantly to continue improving my skills.
I became an assistant instructor in the kid’s classes at Langille’s Tae Kwon Do in 2014, helping out in class, as well as with various events, including presentations, and demonstrations within the community.
Since becoming a member of Langille’s Tae Kwon Do, I have had the opportunity to train with some amazing people, and have learned from and been pushed by incredible and dedicated instructors. I have also competed in various tournaments, and attended seminars and training sessions within the Maritimes. After years of hard work and training, I attained my black belt on June 4, 2016 and was promoted to Kyo Sa Nim later that month. Two years later, I was promoted to 2nd Dan after being tested in Calgary, Alberta on June 2, 2018.
Tae Kwon Do has transformed and shaped me not only physically, but mentally as well. I have gained flexibility, strength, and speed, but perhaps even more importantly, I have learned discipline, motivation, determination, and confidence. These traits have become a part of who I am; they help me not only in Tae Kwon Do but in all my endeavors. Tae Kwon Do is not solely a sport, but a lifestyle that I cannot imagine my life without.
Kyo Sa Nim Brett Roode - 1st Dan
Master Wayne Langille - 5th Dan
My name is Brett Roode and I was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia. I began my journey in Langille's Tae Kwon Do in 2006 at the NSAC under Master Wayne Langille and it has been one incredible journey!
I was 12 years old when I started. I joined to become more physically active and be able to throw some awesome kicks. I was into free running and parkour a lot and the more physical I got, the easier everything would be. I always wanted to be in shape and feel the absolute best I could. Free running helped a bit, but Tae Kwon Do pushed me passed my limits and boundaries, making me much more stronger, flexible, and giving me overall mental strength. Once I earned my orange belt, I knew I was hooked and in the right place.
On January 2016, I started back on my journey towards black belt and it has been one of the smartest decisions and changes I have ever made! I have made many mistakes in life and learned a great many lessons. Langille's TKD is more than just a martial art of being able to punch and kick, its a lifestyle and will build you into who you really want to be. June 17, 2017 was a day I couldn't forget even if I tried. It was one of the greatest and hardest days of my life. I became a black belt and it was the most accomplishing, exhausting event I have ever done! I could not have done it without my amazing instructors helping me and allowing me to believe in myself. I am blessed that they are who they are and that they're in my life. In the same month of my black belt test, I earned and received the title of Boo Kyo Sa (assistant instructor) and was extremely grateful to earn that and move beyond my own limits and to teach instead of only being taught. December 3, 2017 was an incredible day for myself. I truly can't explain the feeling for both my black belt test and this day, but this was the day I exceeded my own abilities and was promoted to Kyo Sa Nim (instructor).
May 16 ,2011, I became a brown belt and shortly after that I had to leave. I could have not joined back and stayed the person I was but I am extremely happy that I did and that they helped me find my true self. Langille's Tae Kwon Do is a giant family with the kindest of hearts and as a student and instructor, I owe them everything because without them, I definitely wouldn't be the man I am today.
Tae Kwon Do has changed me beyond description on every level (physical, mental, spiritual) and I would have it no other way! I have gained so much from being a student in class and also from teaching and I am extremely blessed that I went back to continue my destiny. I am looking forward to pushing myself passed my limits of who I am today and always thriving to become better. I am extremely proud to be a member of this inspiring and amazing family - Langille's Tae Kwon Do.