Martial Arts & The Positive Cycle (Part 1)

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored, Self Development

Before we take a deeper look at what I call the positivity cycle, there are a couple of assumptions we need to make about life and human beings for the cycle to work. Assumption one is that the human being is an adaptable creature and that we have the capacity to change, learn and evolve not just in childhood but …

DISCIPLINE & MARTIAL ARTS

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored, Self Development

Discipline is one of the keys to potential, it is how to move your ability forward, and it is a principle for how things work. Lack discipline and just rely on natural talent and luck and you’ve just given up a great deal of your ability to influence the outcome. Discipline does not care about your emotions, your disadvantages, your …

THE COMBATIVE STIMULUS

Dan Couzens Fitness & Martial Arts, Martial Arts Explored, Self Development

Combative training is necessary and an extremely important aspect of martial arts, however, it doesn’t need to be about violence. Tuesday’s blog looks at the benefits of training with the combative stimulus in mind and how we can view the combative scenario both as a literal situation and as a metaphor. Here are 5 benefits of using the combative stimulus. …

MAKE YOUR DOJO GREAT

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored

Watch your instructor’s movements and try to get a feel for how the technique is accomplished. You’ll be given technical instruction however, the feel for technique comes from watching and mimicking. There is a flow to a lesson just as there is to the skill, in the beginning you have 1 hour to gain as much worth out of the …

PUNCHES & PEACE

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored, Self Development

How is it that the study of violence can lead to peace? How can learning to punch and kick improve someone’s confidence? How can combat lead to kindness? If you watch a great movie it will have a great story, great characters in a well realized world of fantasy or fact. But for the characters to be great there must …

Should Everyone Practice Martial Arts?

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored

I have long thought that if you’re passionate about your subject, enjoying the study, the practice and the pursuit of excellence then there is also the deep feeling of wanting to share it.. I feel like this with martial arts, it’s been an incredibly rich and rewarding journey, sure there has been up’s and downs and the road has often …

FOUR ELEMENTS OF MARTIAL SKILL

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored

The first element of martial skill is the need to develop your chops; your chops are your technical skill. You need to learn the stances, the strikes, the punches, the blocks, the holds, the subjugations and the releases. Practicing the individual techniques is really were it all starts and bedding these movement patterns in is fundamental to your progression. Practicing …