Led By New England's Finest:
Sensei Tim Pettepit (Above Left)
Chief Instructor / Coach: Team Seishin & Team Straight Up
With over 20 years of martial arts experience, Tim Pettepit is our Chief Instructor and the Chief Operating Officer of Seishin Martial Arts / Sport Karate Academy. Born in Natick, MA and raised in Milford, MA, Tim has over fifteen years of teaching experience and holds the rank of Yondan (fourth degree black belt) in the art of Kenpo. Tim began his training in “Nick Cerio’s Kenpo” under Craig Seavey and later trained in the art of “KenSho-Ryu Kenpo.” At the age of fourteen, he became the first student to receive a Seishin black belt from World Champion and Seishin founder Shihan Eric Hung. He has also cross-trained in the arts of boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. As a member of the elite “Team Straight-Up,” Tim competed around the country on the KRANE and NASKA circuits, is a multi-time national champion and a member of the KRANE Hall Of Fame (Coach Of Team Of The Year.) In recent years, Tim has become regarded as one of sport karate top coaches. He currently serves as the coach to our regional team, "Team Seishin," as well as serving as a coach to the top national team, "Team Straight Up."
Shihan Eric Hung (Above Right)
Seishin Founder / Master Instructor
As a student of the martial arts for over 30 years, Shihan Eric Hung holds the rank of Rokudan (sixth degree black belt) in the art of Kenpo Karate. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Eric is the founder of Seishin Martial Arts and serves as our academies master instructor. Eric began his Kenpo training in Westborough, MA earning his first degree black belt in Framingham, MA in the art of “Nick Cerio’s Kenpo”. In 2007, he was awarded his master title (Shihan) by Professor Rocky DiRico. In addition to Kenpo, he has trained in the arts of Karate (Shotokan, Goju-Ryu), Taekwondo (ITF, WTF), Aikido, Jui-Jitsu, and Capoeira. As a member of the elite competition team, “Team Straight Up,” Eric is a six time state and eight time National Champion on the KRANE sport karate circuit, a National and World Champion on the NASKA sport karate circuit, and a member of the KRANE Hall Of Fame (Adult Competitor Of The Year.) In addition to his own competition success, Eric has assisted in the training of countless national and world champions. Eric currently teaches at our South Natick location.