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  • When Reaching New Goals, You've Got to Let Go of Past Failures!

    When reaching for your new goals, please remember to not hold onto past failures. Many of us have that little voice in our head when we try and attempt something new that says, “What are you thinking! You can’t do this!” If you’re like me, you may tend to remind yourself of all the reasons why you can’t achieve your goal instead of the reasons why you can and the reasons why you should attempt to reach your new goal. Sometimes we can be our greatest obstacle on our path to achievement. We can talk ourselves out of a goal while we talk down to ourselves and let our thoughts drift to remind us of how we could never achieve this, or become that. We ....

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  • Keep Climbing!

    Keep Climbing!

    Boxing legend Joe Frazier once said, “Champions aren't made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat on in the early light of morning will show up in the ring under the bright lights.” The same can be said of black belts. Black belts are not made on the day of their graduation, they are made daily under the sweat and toil and the ups and downs of daily training and life. Hard work and discipline is what it takes to make a black belt and that can be said of any goal worthy of your attention and your dedication to achieving. What you do and how you do it repeatedly, is what’s going to show up when its time to show what you know. You want to be ....

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  • Five Tips To Train Like a Hungry Tiger

    Five Tips To Train Like a Hungry Tiger

    If you want to be a beast in class and at your next belt exam, here are my five tips so you can train like a hungry tiger! Consider these five points for your future improvement. Point #1 Kiai! Your kiai shows your fighting spirit. If you don't have a strong kiai, then the likelihood that you will be able to use your karate in self-defense is slim. Why? Because a big part of the fight is attitude and your kiai reveals your attitude and intensity towards protecting yourself. If you want to improve your kiai, I suggest you start with reading my article on it here...http://gatewaykarate.com/blog/97295/Sound-Like-A-Wimp-Or-Shout-Like-A-Warrior- Point #2 Zanshin. ....

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  • Sound Like A Wimp Or Shout Like A Warrior?

    Sound Like A Wimp Or Shout Like A Warrior?

    Kiai! Shout! Your kiai is your karate shout! It literally means, convergence of energy, a nd you either have it, or you don’t. If you don’t have it, the good news is that you can develop it and you don't have to sound like Bruce Lee. A loud kiai may go against your nature. You may be inclined to keep it quiet in your training and that’s okay, but if you are ever to develop the fighting spirit it takes to win, you must develop your kiai. Your kiai says a lot about your fighting spirit. It expresses that grit and tenacity that’s deep within. It is a yell that comes deep from within one’s spirit. And within your kiai is expressed the will to never ....

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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