Lance is a civil engineering graduate of Cal Poly. Since his early college years, he studied and trained in martial arts. He holds the rank of 5th degree black belt in Shorin Ryu and a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu. Martial arts challenge the body and the spirit and affect the resolve in both. It is this combination that makes the challenge a lifelong learning experience. Other interests of his that fit this dual challenge include white-water kayaking, rock climbing, and traveling. In 2018, Lance traveled to Spain to walk the 500-mile trek along the ancient pilgrimage trail of the Camino de Santiago del Norte across the country to the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. It is a journey that has been traveled for centuries by people from all over the world. Lance has been teaching the Shorin Ryu class at the Cal Poly Recreation Center since 2013 under the direction of his Sensei Dr. Reza Pouraghabagher, who brought this Okinawan karate form to Cal Poly when he arrived in 1979. The combination of the long history of the Shorin Ryu training at Cal Poly, the physical and mental discipline involved, and the depth of all ranks from beginners to black belts in the class provides students at any skill level with a great environment to train and advance.
“For me, it has always been about the internal as well as the external journey.”