Robert Hansen grew up in Ralls and discovered a form of self-discipline many years ago that changed his life.
He began practicing martial arts when he was in high school and won multiple awards for his skills.
However, Hansen did not receive the honor of a black belt until over two decades later, when his son got him back into the practice.
About four years ago, he decided to teach this sport in his spare time to children twice a week during the school year through the Ralls EDGE mentoring program.
His students range from seven years old to teenagers in high school.
Robert has a job in Post and seven children, but he does not even hesitate to do this for free.
"It’s self pace, it’s self motivated and you’re not in competition with anybody except yourself," he said, "and so you get out of it what you put into it, ultimately, and you’re the only one that’s responsible for the outcome."
If you would like your child to learn self-protection through martial arts, Hansen said to call the EDGE mentoring program for more information at (806) 253-0329.
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