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Spirit of First Beginnings

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

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 that you wanted to please him and give him your very best. In return you became the best you could be.  I remember those early classes frequently and it motivates me to continue my training and push my limits.  Sometimes our  training, can become boring and mundane and that is when we must look back in the mirror to where we came from and remember why we started. Take time to reflect on what motivated you to train to begin with and those little words of encouragement that you held like a treasure from your teacher. If you dig those old memories up you’ll find plenty of motivation there, like discovering a gold mind of memories, they will enrich you and propel you forward towards your new goals. They will renew your, “spirit of first beginnings.”

 



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