Instructor Profiles

Head Temuka Instructor

Sei Shihan Lance Puhirere

Sei Shihan Lance gained his 6th dan black belt in 2020 after training for over 30 years (Sei Shihan means Master).

He started training under the late Sei 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. Sei 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.

Sei 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. Sei Shihan Lance has a partner Vanessa and 2 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 Sei 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, Sei Shihan Lance replies "No matter how much I think I know, I still have something to learn from my black belt instructors and students." Sei 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.

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