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. …

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 …

WILL VS SKILL

Dan Couzens Self Development

What would happen if you pitted the greatest Will against the greatest technical skill? A stalemate? A clear victory for Skill, or a clear victory for Will? Would one contender just edge it? Will & Skill are two very different aspects of martial arts; if you can combine the two then you have a warrior, someone who doesn’t know how …

THE POSITIVE CYCLE

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored, Self Development

The styles of Bushido are not easy to learn. It takes time to grasp the fundamentals and longer still to execute the more advanced techniques… Easy, means that you already have the capability to carry out the task. Hard means you are going to have to push your self or you don’t yet have the capability to carry out the …

FEARLESS (PART 3) THE UNIFICATION OF SPIRIT

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored, Self Development

‘They’ say that someone who grasps their subject well is able to narrow down their complex and in-depth understanding into simple terms. When it comes to the unification of spirit, the subject is life, and the goal is to find a way to pull all the disparate aspects together so we cease to have multiple drivers pulling in different directions, …