Martial Arts & The Unification of Spirit (Part 1)

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored, Self Development



Before we begin exploring the unification of spirit, lets first define what I mean by spirit. I mean intent, determination and the focusing of your energy, I mean summoning your will to go in the direction of your choosing; adopting the best quality attitude to take on this life and live it to the full.

The human being is a marvellous thing, we are the result of 3.8 billion years worth of evolution, living on a planet around 4.5 billion years old, currently spinning at 1000mph and moving around our Sun at roughly 67000mph. Your life is already extraordinary! The human species is both beautiful and ugly in every sense of the word, we are loving and hateful. We have grand ideas and petty squabbles, we are motivated and we procrastinate, we exude the brightest intelligence and the dimmest stupidity, we seek grand knowledge whilst battling with profound ignorance. More likely than not, these polarities of the human psyche exist within you, the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful, the grand and the petty. The question is which one is going to win?


A peaceful warrior does not wage battle against others; they acknowledge the battle within themselves. When they look in the mirror they don’t look to improve their image, they look to improve their content; and what they see staring back at them is the person who stands in their way. Great sports teams understand this, they are always talking about working on their own game and the score will take care of its self.

We are adept at self-sabotage, wishful thinking and warped observation. Elon Musk once said, ‘all we are trying to do is be less wrong’ and look at what he is achieving! If any of us compare ourselves to his achievements, do we not fall a little short? The key is not to compare to others but to allow great achievement and great people to inspire us to go further. To wake us up and ask ourselves the question, what could I do that would benefit humanity in some way? Elon Musk is solving some of the major issues that we as a species are facing. What if we all did the same thing in however big or small way?

What’s all this got to do with Martial Arts? The unification of spirit. The unification of spirit is the pursuit of the gradual organisation of our selves. When we are organised we become more capable of achieving any thing we set our minds to. My focus for the last 16 years has been about becoming a better martial artist and a better martial arts teacher. This is because martial arts for me, has been a profoundly enriching experience. A major key is to seek out your affinity or affinities. Martial arts training has led to the understanding of how to develop a multitude of other skills that are both varied and seemingly unrelated, however, to me its all related; in everything there exist principles that are the same. If we look for the principles we will find the most logical way of moving forward.


So how do we go about organising ourselves towards the unification of spirit? Over the next few blogs I will go through my take on how to approach achievement by going into more depth on the positivity cycle. I will also explore ideas on how we can go about developing better internal awareness through the practice of martial arts, breathing techniques and meditation.

Dan Couzens