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 …

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 …

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 …

Martial Arts Gradings & Personal Development

Dan Couzens Self Development

Micro sessions are short periods of practice that help training become a habit. Find opportunities to practice in short bursts. Maybe a few strikes or blocks. 20 seconds and you can remind your body of movement patterns & techniques. Find time in the spaces that life naturally presents to you. For example when making a cup of tea, in the time …

How To Build A Martial Artist

Dan Couzens Martial Arts Explored, Uncategorized

This is where the intricacy is, the coordination of the hands will constantly be challenged as you look to build knowledge that covers all basses. The hands need to be trained through multitude of combative movement patterns and at multiple tempo’s. Eventually you’ll have an extensive knowledge base that will allow you to ad-lib. Start at the base of the spine, …