Hanshi Renzie Hanham (8th Dan)

Hanshi Renzie Hanham is head instructor for the Seido Dojo in Christchurch – the largest and longest established karate hall in the South Island.


Hanshi Renzie Hanham's lifetime achievements include more than 50 years in the sporting and martial arts arena. These have been recognised by two Christchurch Civic awards in 2003, and in 2012 the Queen's Service Medal (QSM) and induction into the Martial Arts Halls of Fame for New Zealand, Australasia and World.


A Judo champion in his youth, Hanshi became the youngest Judoka to attain black belt in New Zealand, and then went on to study karate under the world renowned karate master Mas Oyama. His karate training took him to Japan, and while there he appeared in the book ‘Advanced Karate’, as well as in the famed martial arts documentary film "The World's Strongest Karate" that explores the lives, philosophies and training of the competitors in the First International Karate Tournament held in Tokyo in 1975.



Hanshi Renzie, currently 8th degree black belt, is the senior instructor at the New Zealand Seido Karate Shibu in Christchurch – the largest and longest established karate dojo in the South Island.


Over the years Renzie has instructed thousands of people, hundreds of these having attained Seido Karate black belts, has also trained several World Champions in Seido Karate, and taught in numerous countries.


In 1993 he was part of a team invited to Tokyo to represent New York which gave demonstrations at the Meiji shrine, ran seminars and appeared on Prime Time television.


Renzie's artistic and design skills have been recognised with an international award and he presided as a judge at the New York Art Directors Club International Design Awards. For the last 40 years he has operated his own graphic design business.


As a musician he has produced 4 albums and as a songwriter was a finalist at the prestigious Tamworth Music Festival in Australia.


He is a director of Gazing Performance Systems which specialises in delivering training in performance under pressure to multi-national blue chip companies, government departments and leading sporting institutions in over 60 countries.


Renzie is co-developer of many of the materials used by the company and is also responsible for the graphics and design input.


Renzie's years of experience are sought after by sports teams, institutes and individual athletes world wide. He has worked for the English Rugby Unions High Performance Department, conducting seminars and workshops for coaches, players and referees.


He has worked with a number of world and Olympic champion athletes in a variety of sports and attended the Sydney Olympics with the NZ triathlon team.


Along with Dr Ceri Evans he was invited to give a talk on mental conditioning at Oxford University.


He has contributed to “Mind Games” – a book concerned with the mental aspects of performance published in London in 2004. Renzie also contributed to “Endurance Sports Diary 2005’, a handbook for triathletes and Multi-Sport athletes.


He presently works as a company director, graphic designer and as a therapist at a local medical clinic. He trained under Elisabeth Kubler Ross in the USA, Australia and New Zealand as well as having a background and training in other therapeutic modalities.


Renzie’s broad background gives him a unique perspective on the building blocks of success in a variety of domains.