Individually we are one drop - Together we are an ocean

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Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -      it will make ripples throughout the entire pond

Head Instructor - Jun Shihan Lance Puhirere

Jun Shihan Lance gained his 6th dan black belt in 2008 after training for over 30 years (Jun Shihan means New Master). He started training under Jun Shihan Michael Higgs (Timaru Seido Karate), who at the time was a 3rd kyu. The Club was then run at the Timaru Boys High School Gymnasium with Head Instructor being (2nd Dan at the time) Richard Ivees. He originally trained in Kyokushinkai (or Mas Oyama Karate), but in 1977 Kyokushinkai Instructor Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura formed a breakaway karate called Seido. Jun Shihan Lance followed, along with many of the instructors and students because of, as he says, their strength, number of students and the quality of the instructors and students. Timaru and Christchurch clubs also changed over.

Jun Shihan Lance opened his own dojo on 29th March 1987, in Temuka, when he was a Nidan (2nd Dan Black Belt). He has taught and trained many students in his Club through the ranks to black black. He has also trained in Judo and Akido. Jun Shihan Lance has a partner Vanessa and 2 young daughters, Sydnie and Jahanna. He was born in Okawa at the Catlins and has 2 sisters and 2 brothers. One of his brothers (Senpai Fulton - a 1st Dan Black Belt or Shodan) trains at the Christchurch Seido Shibu. In 1985 Jun Shihan Lance trained under Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura (founder of Seido Karate) for 15 weeks in the Seido (Honbu) Headquarters, teaching there also.

When asked what is the best thing for him about studying Seido Karate, Jun Shihan Lance replies "No matter how much I think I know, I still have something to learn from my black belt instructors and students." Jun Shihan Lance summaries by saying that no matter what age or state of mind you may or may not be in, a karate session will bring you around to focus on one point - one light - or even one person, be it a family member another uchi-dachi or instructor, whether he or she be in that house, building or dojo.



Focus - Lets you breathe

Focus - Lets you listen to your own heartbeat

Focus - Lets you live for that second, that minute, that day

Focus - Lets you back to your centre

Focus - Lets you be "selfish"!

Focus - Lets you be you!



Karate-do: "empty hand way" or "a way of life" - This identifies the inward path upon which its followers travel while pursuing its spiritual principles. So what is the ultimate aim of karate-do? Could it be to discover a power within and ultimately learn how to use that power in order to strengthen and enhance the outer or physical world?

Gichin Funakoshi described karate-do as an intangible vehicle through which inner discovery provoked a deeper understanding of the self, the life and the world in which one dwells. Concerning the "kara" in karate-do he also wrote "just as a valley can carry a resounding voice, so too must the person who follows karate-do, make him/herself void by transcending self-centeredness and greed. Make yourself empty within, but upright without". The great Master maintained that the ultimate aim of karate-do lies neither in victory nor defeat, but rather in the perfection of ones moral character.

Through the virtues of karate-do, one comes face to face with ones weakness and it is through these virtues that weaknesses are turned into strengths, and strengths into even greater strengths, thus the tradition fulfills its purpose. Indomitable fortitude insulates us against the powerful forces of resistance and provides the resilience to withstand personal failure.

A mind tempered in the tradition of karate-do will remain impervious to worldly delusion, while illuminating the darkness of selfishness and ignorance. As with the Samurai Warrior undaunted in the face of fear - preparation, patience and humility is 90% of fighting, winning and living.

Now ritual is the platform upon which karate-do is taught and it is through the ritual that ones attention is ultimately turned inwards to where a lifelong journey for spiritual harmony is pursued.

In this light, kata becomes the central vehicle for karate-do, and training becomes as much mental as it is physical. However, it is necessary to balance this ritual with philosophy and interspection before the light inside each of us can ever be turned on.

As a result karate-do fosters humility, pacifism, physical fitness and spiritual harmony through physical discipline.

- Jun Shihan Lance


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step - Lao Tsu







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