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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Stay Hungry

    Stay Hungry

    By Sensei Dave Hanson How hungry are you? When it comes to achieving your dreams and goals, how bad do you want them? Are you a lion, or a gazelle? Both start each morning running. The lion gets up hungry and thinks, “I’ve got to kill something, so my family can eat and survive.” The gazelle has no external goal, but only thinks, “I’ve got to out run the lion, so I can live another day.” One is actively pursuing its goal and the other is running for survival, with no greater purpose in mind. Make your mind up to be a lion. Get up each morning hungry with your goal on your mind and go to work to make it happen. If it doesn’t happen, you will ....

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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Make a Change!

    Make a Change!

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson I love listening to the classic Earl Nightingale record, “The Strangest Secret.” It’s a great lesson on the secret to success in life and how one can achieve it. Nightingale says, “Everyone of us is the sum total of his own thoughts. He is where he is because that is exactly where he really wants to be. Weather he will admit that or not...Your guided by your mind.” That’s the secret.. Your mind. What are you putting into your mind? My grandfather says, “Right thoughts bring about right living.” This is no new secret. It’s as old as man himself. The Bible, which holds all the secrets to a life of success, ....

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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - The Price Of Victory

    The Price Of Victory

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson The late football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said, “The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.” In the start of this new year what price are you willing to pay to achieve your goals. Dwight Eisenhower once said, “There is no victory at bargain basement prices.” To many times we want the results without the sacrifice required to attain those results. We want the fit body without the extra push-ups and the ability to eat our cake and skip the whole wheat pasta. But life doesn’t work that way. And I’m glad it doesn’t. Because when we are really ready to face our self in the mirror we don’t ....

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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - What's Your Little Red Kick Bag?

    What's Your Little Red Kick Bag?

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson As we close this year and look with anticipation to the start of a new one, it is a good time to reflect on our past accomplishments and also on our opportunities for learning, also known as our failures. For me this is a time to look back and remember the beginning of a new adventure. In just a few weeks our school will celebrate its fourteenth anniversary. It was on a cold Friday evening on January 5th of 2004 Senpai Rachel and I walked into a Dance Studio and officially started our dojo. I taught for a few years before then, but this was our first professional endeavor to open up our own dojo. I remember those times and the thoughts of the unknown as we took ....

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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Your Greatest Growth Lies Just Beyond Your Limits

    Your Greatest Growth Lies Just Beyond Your Limits

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson A Navy SEAL once said, “If you want to be pushed to your limits, you have to train to your limits.” Few things are more invigorating and inspiring as to watch a person go beyond the limits set on them to achieve their goals. And when they do, they grow. To grow you have to be willing to go. You must start out and keep going one step beyond your comfort zone. That’s what being a black belt at our dojo is all about. It’s been said that the greatest strength gains come when you push your body to failure. When you work out to the point you can’t do one more rep, but you do. Then you will become stronger. We don’t like that. In our ....

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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Our Presence is Developed In The Dark

    Our Presence is Developed In The Dark

    By Sensei Dave Hanson: Walt Whitman once said, “We convince by our presence.” The question remains what is the presence that we are convincing others of? What is the stamp of our character that is placed on the lives of those we influence everyday? John Maxwell once said, “Authenticity is the new word for leadership.” Authentic people have a presence about them that others sense and respect. That presence is not developed under the bright lights of the stage when we perform and try to be at our best behavior before others. It is a presence that is developed in the darkness. It is in that dark place of challenge and difficulties that our character is developed. That ....

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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Spirit of First Beginnings

    Spirit of First Beginnings

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson There is a Japanese proverb that says, “Never forget the spirit of first beginnings.” For me it was in 1988 at a little YMCA under the instruction of a very old school Sensei. The class was mostly all advanced adult students who had probably been with him for years. It was a very intimidating setting for a kid who didn’t know how to tie his new white belt correctly, but it was also invigorating too. Sensei Gene Orr was a strict disciplinarian and his expectations for his students pushed us to a new level of excellence. That level of excellence was very individual and meant something different to each student, but under his instruction you felt ....

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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - The World’s Fastest Round Kick

    The World’s Fastest Round Kick

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson - August 2017 Gichin Funaoshi, founder of the Shotokan school of karate, once said, “Karate is not only the acquisition of certain defensive skills, but also the mastering of the art of being a good and honest member of society.” Our society could use more good and honest people and the dojo is a great place to develop them. Karate is simply a tool, or method that we use in our dojo to develop the whole person. The body, mind and spirit are connected and to receive the most benefit from your martial training you must address all three. Karate is like an empty cup. What you poor into it is exactly what it will give you back. If you poor hard work, ....

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  • How Winning Is Done

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson What’s your reasons for achieving your goals? Everyone has a reason, or a motivation, why they began their journey towards achieving a goal. One of the main things that will determine if you will continue to pursue and ultimately reach your goals is your reasons why you do what you do. If your why is big enough you can overcome all the obstacles that confront you. If your reason why you train is bigger than your obstacles and excuses, you’ll have the ability to turn obstacles into stepping stones of opportunity. When your reasons that motivate you to stick to your goals are bigger than any distraction that may come up, you’ll see your ....

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  • Kids Karate in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Prime Your Karate Pump

    Prime Your Karate Pump

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson - June 2017 Karate is like a well of water and you are like the old pump used to pull the water up. At first to get any water out you must begin to pump and you’ll find yourself working very hard in the beginning with little results. A little water starts to trickle out of the old pump and you feel some encouragement. Likewise after a lot of work on learning karate you’ll notice some little improvements. It’s enough to keep you going, so you pump even harder. The problem that most people run into when it comes to priming the old pump to get water out is the same problem most new students run into when learning karate. That problem is them. They ....

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