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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - The First Two Letters in Goals, says GO!

    The First Two Letters in Goals, says GO!

    Goals only work if you do! Goals are great and sound very motivational and make us feel good about ourselves when we set them. Many people at the beginning of the year find themselves looking back to what has come to pass over the past twelve months and think they need to set some goals. Newsflash...PAY ATTENTION….THIS WILL BE MIND ALTERING…. Goals need a human being behind them who is willing to back up these written dreams with action. Not only action for a day, a week, or even a month, but year after year. Persistent action is what it takes to achieve your big goals. Goals like becoming a black belt need sweat and hard work pushing them up hill all the ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - What's Your Why??? Karate for Adults Part II

    What's Your Why??? Karate for Adults Part II

    Are you ready to take your fitness seriously? As we come towards the end of the year many well meaning adults will think about their health and how much weight they want to lose in the new year. Some will go even as far as writing out their goals and even fewer will actually make a plan and begin taking action. Unfortunately many of those well meaning weekend warriors will fail. Not because they can’t do it, but because they can find every excuse not to succeed. Gyms love this time of year because they know that when January comes they will have a flood of new members join, but give it just a few months and many of those members will be AWOL. You won’t find them in ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Karate is Not Just for Kids

    Karate is Not Just for Kids

    Fitness, confidence and self-defense is not just kids stuff and neither is karate! Whether your giving a presentation for your job, or just walking with your arms full of your groceries, as you watch out for your children walking by your side to your car, karate is for you. Lets look at just a few of the benefits of doing karate as an adult. Karate is an excellent alternative to the gym. You can burn up to 705 calories in a one hour karate class! Karate is great stress relief. Psychologist have a term called, “impact management’ and that is when you hit something physically, like the karate bags, you relieve stress. What adult couldn’t use a little stress ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Karate-ka and The Katana

    Karate-ka and The Katana

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson The karate-ka and the katana are as sharp and as powerful as the man who wields them in battle. As I reflect on the similarities between the karate-ka, or karate student and the katana, the Samurai sword, I’m reminded of many of their similar attributes. In the days of ancient Japan when the Samurai guarded the feudal kingdoms of their Shogun they had to be ready for battle. For many of us today, We have become unaccustomed to the cost of true battle. The protection from our government and the ones who protect our freedoms give us the assurance that we can go about our day in relative peace. For most of us the closest we will come to battle is ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - The "PC Factor"

    The "PC Factor"

    By Sensei Dave Hanson One of the secrets to success in achieving any worthy goal is what I like to call the “PC Factor”. The “PC Factor” stands for Persistent Concentration. To achieve any dream you must be relentless in your persistent pursuit of it’s fulfillment. It is also important to have concentration on achieving your objective. You cannot let obstacles distract you from your objective and that takes concentration. The “PC Factor” of persistent concentration is a winning combination. Add to that equation time, multiplied by God and you can achieve what might seem impossible to others. This is not a new concept. In the Bible’s book of ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - What is a Black Belt?

    What is a Black Belt?

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson As life happens it's easy to get distracted and lose our momentum. At times we need to be reminded that at Gateway Karate, "We are a black belt school." We are committed to making black belts. You may ask, "What is a black belt?" A black belt is at our school is someone who has learned to make a commitment, work hard, grow through the challenges and see it through to completion. A black belt is an individual that is a person who has become part of at team. Because you can't achieve black belt alone. We need each other to do great things! A black belt is an "expert beginner" so many people think of black belts as experts, but that's not the ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Everyday Heroes

    Everyday Heroes

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Our culture is fascinated with superheroes who have powers beyond human capabilities. Proof of that can be seen right at your local theater. It is almost a tradition now that you can expect some big superhero blockbuster movie to make its appearance at the theater just in time for summer. Why do the studios keep making them? Because for them it’s about their bottom line and the bottom line is that they make money and are popular in our culture. But gone are the days of good guys and bad guys. The good guys are now half bad and the bad guys have a little good. There is no more clear ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Shiai


    By: Sensei Dave Hanson Shiai can be translated in Japanese to literally mean competition. That’s what we call a karate tournament. But it’s not what you may think. On the surface a shiai is what it appears to be, a competition between athletes who are well trained and prepared to demonstrate their skills in the ring. But for the karate-ka (karate student) the meaning goes even deeper. It is a competition with yourself. A competition to prove your strengths and reveal your weaknesses. A shiai reveals your spirit and character. The great basketball coach from UCLA, John Wooden, once said, “Competition doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” That ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Fit Always Comes With a Fight!

    Fit Always Comes With a Fight!

    By Sensei Dave Hanson We all want results, but are we willing to fight for them? To achieve the fitness and healthy lifestyle results that you want, you must first make a decision to be willing to fight for them. Fight for your schedule to workout. Fight through plateaus. Fight through sickness and soreness and a host of other issues that will distract you from achieving your goals. You have to change your mindset, if you are ever to achieve your goals. In Japanese it's called, "Tokken" meaning fighting spirit. One of the things that can help bolster your fighting spirit on the path to achieving your fitness goals is to... remember your "why." Remember those things that ....

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  •  in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate - Shu Ha Ri

    Shu Ha Ri

    By: Sensei Dave Hanson In the last movie in the trilogy of the Karate Kid series Daniel says, “But my karate comes from you.” Mr. Miyagi responds, “Only root karate come from Miyagi. Just like bonsai choose own way grow because root strong, you choose own way do karate. Daniel says, “Yeah, but I do it your way.” Miyagi replies, “Hai, one day you do own way.” This is an example of what they call in Japanese Shu Ha Ri. Shu Ha Ri is an age old martial art principle for success as the student grows to make his martial art, his own. If we break down the word, we will likewise see the process for personal development in any field of study. ....

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