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Learn more about who teaches here at Warriors of the Light. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have!


beth-sturdevantFounder & Instructor; Shieldmaiden I & II, Young Valkyries, Women's Self-Defence


WOTL Founder/CEO Beth Sturdevant found her Warrior spirit by facing various hardships and learning to tap into the power and courage she held inside her soul.  

Like many people, Beth's journey has been wrought with many life battles. Yet through it all—even the darkest of times—her inner warrior kept her alive and fighting for the best parts of herself and gave her strength to keep moving beyond everything that tried to pull her down.

​It was this inner Warrior Spirit that led Beth to follow her own path of intense healing and training, which inevitably brought her to pursue her soul’s passion and purpose in helping others embrace and enhance their warrior spirits, by teaching and founding Warriors of the Light.

Credentials and Experience:

  • ​Strong Orange Violence Prevention Facilitator 2019-
  • "The Way of the Medicine Keeper", Professional 2-year Shamanism Training Program, Intermediate Level, The 8th Fire School of Shamanism (2019-2021)
  • Sword and Shield, Teaching Assistant & Instructor (2016-)
  • Teaching Assistant, AngelFire Training Program, The 8th Fire School of Shamanism (2018-2019)
  • "Earning the Light", Professional 2-year Shamanism Training Program, Beginner Level, The 8th Fire School of Shamanism (2017-2019)
  • 2-year Angelfire Training Program, The 8th Fire School of Shamanism (2015-2017)
  • Reiki Practitioner, Master Level (2013-)
  • Certified Personal Trainer (2003-2018)​

andy keyworthInstructor; Sword and Shield / Historical Weaponry Instructor


A lifelong martial arts student, Andy is the founding instructor of our Sword-and-Shield classes.

Andy regards historical personal combat and martial arts as a way to touch the “warrior spirit”— understanding part of the skills, mindset, and training that warriors in different cultures must have experienced that enabled them to survive conflict; and drawing lessons for today.

Andy brings a deep knowledge of martial arts and warrior cultures to his classes, and believes that rigorous training in martial arts can help people today to overcome modern obstacles.

Credentials and Experience​:

  • 20+ years’ experience in martial arts including Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indigenous/Colonial American and European styles

  • Holds the rank of Yondan (4th dan) in the Jinenkan, and serves as the only Canadian Shibu-Cho ("district leader")

  • Trained in tomahawk, bowie knife, war club, long sword, cane, and archery

  • Associate Instructor of Martial Blade Concepts, a system of small personal-knife use and defense, as well as empty-hand tactics

  • Has taught martial arts and combatives seminars to civilians and police personnel across Canada; and in San Diego, New York City, Sweden, and Japan.


maxime chouinardInstructor; Irish Stick Fighting


Maistir Maxime Chouinard has been practicing martial arts for more than 20 years, including Kyokushin Karate, Ryukyu Kobudo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, fencing and Kenjutsu (Shinkendo, Toyama Ryu and Niten Ichi Ryu) which he has taught for 14 years.  Maxime traveled to Ireland in 2007 where he learned Antrim Bata, a traditional style of Bataireacht or Irish stick from Northern Ireland. He since became the technical director or Ardmaistir of the style. 

Maxime works as a museum professional and has been researching the history of martial arts since 2002. He practices Historical European Martial arts such as pugilism, Mexican Bowie, la canne and baton, as well as sabre and broadsword fencing. 

Credentials and Experience​:

  • Ardmáistir Antrim Bata (Irish stick fighting)

  • Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu (Japanese swordsmanship) instructor

  • Shinkendo (Japanese swordsmanship) Instructor

  • Canne de Combat - Red Pommel

  • 19th century martial arts expert

  • Trained in Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Ryukyu Kobujutsu, Awrology

  • B.A. Archaeology - Laval University

  • M.A. Honours Cultural Heritage - Deakin University

vanessa-daddario.pngInstructor; Junior Warriors


Vanessa has been practicing yoga for the past 5 years and discovered how passionate she was about it. Last year she completed her yoga teacher training and has begun teaching Hatha yoga classes this year to help spread the joy and benefits of yoga. 

Vanessa is also an elementary school teacher, who has been teaching young students for over 7 years. She started using yoga and breathing practices in her classroom to help students focus, manage their emotions and become more present with their physical bodies. 

Teaching and yoga are two of Vanessa’s passions that she hoped to sharing with students of all ages. 

Credentials and Experience​:

  • Hatha Yoga instructor
  • 32 hour Yin yoga training
  • Yoga Alliance certification
  • 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher training
  • Bachelor’s of Education


Instructor; Amazon Women Boot Camp


Kristy Tait-Angel is a teacher, artist and fitness instructor always looking for a new adventure.  After many years of training in various disciplines, Kristy now strives for balance between physical, emotional and spiritual training.

Kristy is a Functional Group Fitness and Kettlebell Instructor Specialist and looks forward to sharing her love of fitness and high interval training with all the fierce women at Warriors of the Light Acdemy.

  • Bachelor of Education, York University
  • Shotokan and Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate
  • Fitness Instructor Specialist, CanFit Pro
  • Kettlebell Instructor Certification
  • Certified Penalty Box Instructor

Join Our Team!

Warriors Of The Light is always looking to expand our roster of warrior-inspired programming both inside and out. If you are an instructor of a martial art, exercise, or healing practice that you feel fits in with our Warrior community we would love to hear from you!

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Warriors of the Light  offers programming designed to connect men, women and children with their inner-warrior spirit, establishing true authentic power, confidence and purpose from the inside-out. 

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