Our Black Belts and Instructors
All ITKD Head Instructors are required to have a current ITKD Instructor's Certification and First Aid Certificate as well as being Police Vetted.
Lead Instructor - Mr Luke Jackson, II dan
Mr Jackson began training at the Riccarton Taekwon-Do Club under Mr David Oliver when he was just 6 years old. Mr Jackson graded to 1st degree black belt in 2010 at the age of 13 and soon after moved with Mrs Oliver when she opened Pulse Taekwon-Do. Mr Jackson was selected to represent New Zealand in Individual Sparring, Team Sparring & Team Power Breaking the 2013 World Champs in Benidorm, Spain where he won a silver medal in Junior Male Team Power Breaking! Mr Jackson is the first New Zealand Representative to come from Pulse Taekwon-Do and loves coaching our members in the intricacies of sparring tactics. Mr Jackson graded to 2nd dan in March of 2014. Mr Jackson is a great motivation to all of our younger members and a shining example of hard work paying off. Outside of Taekwon-Do, Mr Jackson runs the family electrical business.
Lead Instructor - Mr Clive Stanton, 1st gup
Mr Stanton started training with Pulse TKD in early 2013. He initially joined to increase
his confidence and have something fun to do with his young son. His son has now left, but Mr Stanton has stayed the distance, completing his 1st degree grading in May 2019 and taking on the Co-Lead Instructors role. Mr Stanton has been assisting in our kids classes for a number of years and filling in for the senior classes when needed as well, so before even becoming a black belt had a wealth of experience coaching our classes. Outside of Taekwon-Do Mr Stanton works in furniture restoration and has spent time working with Youthtown in their after school and school holiday programmes.
Founding member - Mr Craig Oliver, I dan
Mr Oliver began his training in the Riccarton club in Christchurch in 2007. He was spotted for his talent with sparring and special technique right away and was given a double promotion to yellow belt in his first grading so he could be a part of the team competing at the National's that year. Mr Oliver supported Mrs Oliver in opening Pulse Taekwon-Do in 2010 and has been an active assistant from the club's first day, even though he was still a 3rd gup (blue belt, red stripe). Mr Oliver graded to 1st dan in May of 2013 and has always been one of the club's main kids instructors. Mr Oliver is a fantastic kids teacher and is definitely one of the favourites for our youngest students. Mr Oliver loves to stay active and outside of his family and Taekwon-Do commitments, enjoys playing touch rugby and cycling.
Youth/Family Class Assistant Instructor - Ms Helen Caley, V dan
Ms Caley began her training with the Otago University club in 2005. When she graduated from university she relocated to Christchurch for work and continued her training here. Ms Caley graded to 1st dan in December 2008. Ms Caley has represented NZ in numerous World Champs & World Cup competitions, winning medals in patterns & special technique. This year, Ms Caley made the move to Head Instructor of the Halswell club, but is staying on at Pulse TKD, responsible for our Youth/Family class on a Monday. Ms Caley loves the outdoors and in her spare time enjoys getting out hiking and enjoying NZ's amazing scenery.
Mr Mani Depree, II dan
Mr Depree began training at Pulse Taekwon-Do in May of 2010. He was our first new sign up when the club opened in fact and was our second home grown black belt, grading to 1st dan in December 2015. Mr Depree was selected in 2017 to represent NZ for the very first time at the World Championships in Ireland which saw him win his first major international sparring match although he didn't come away with a medal that time. Mr Depree loves the competitive elements of Taekwon-Do and is very active regionally & nationally in tournaments. Mr Depree is a part of the instructing team coaching the teen & adult classes.
Mr Charlie Walker, I dan
Mr Walker is one of our most longstanding members, having joined our club at 9 years old and is now the tallest member! Mr Walker has spent his time in our club learning how important it is to persevere with your goals and really give it all you have, and he has achieved some really awesome results, most recently being a silver medal in sparring at last years World Cup, and this year, his very successful promotion to 1st dan. Mr Walker has been assisting in the youth/family class for the last 2 years and is now also a part of the instructing team for the teen & adult classes as well.
Mr Noel Pabiran, I dan
Mr Pabiran joined Pulse TKD in 2015 and from the moment he walked in the door and got to do flying kicks, he was hooked! Mr Pabiran has participated in most of our local tournaments in that time as well as some Nationals and a World Cup and always has great success, winning 2 gold medals and a silver at the most recent World Cup in Sydney. Mr Pabiran has been a member of the kids instructing team since 2017 and has most recently joined Mr Oliver in teaching our youngest members, the Kubz class (3-5 year olds!) Mr Pabiran has always been a very good practitioner and it's been awesome watching him develop the skills and confidence to pass this on to some of our younger Taekwon-Do practitioners.
Mrs Angela Oliver, IV dan
Mrs Oliver began training in Taekwon-Do in 1992 at the age of 11, starting in Blenheim with the then Grovetown club. Mrs Oliver had some years off training in her teenage years, and again in her early 20's finally grading to first dan in 2009 at the age of 27, and then opening Pulse Taekwon-Do in May 2010. Mrs Oliver has been involved in the management of the South Island team since 2008 and was the Team Manager for the New Zealand TKD Team who took away the Best Overall Country award at the 2011 World Championships hosted in Wellington. Mrs Oliver was the South Island Regional Director from 2013 to 2017, and enjoyed arranging events for Taekwon-Do practitioners around the South Island. In addition to training in and teaching Taekwon-Do Mrs Oliver is also a Personal Trainer, specialising in Women's Health & Fitness and also enjoys running sessions for up and coming Taekwon-Do athletes trying to enhance their performance through strength & conditioning. Mrs Oliver is a mother to Chloe and Dominic and enjoys reading, cooking and watching movies in her spare time. Mrs Oliver has retired from Taekwon-Do to have a well-earned break and focus on her family & women's health & fitness work. During her Taekwon-Do career, Mrs Oliver's highlights for herself were getting her highest black belt grading mark at her 4th dan grading, and winning bronze in patterns at the Syndey World Cup in 2018, but even more than that, watching students that started TKD very young, grow into happy confident adults and achieve great things in their own TKD. Mrs Oliver is super proud of all of the black belts that have come through and graded with the club and knows that she's leaving Pulse TKD in very good hands!