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, …

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, …

BUSHIDO BRISTOL MARTIAL ARTS – DOJO MINDSET

Dan Couzens Self Development, Uncategorized

  1/ REFRAIN FROM CRITICISING OTHER STUDENTS UNTIL YOU ARE BEYOND CRITICISM YOURSELF.   2/ APPROACH EVERY TECHNIQUE WITH A BEGINNERS MIND. WE HAVE NEVER FULLY MASTERED ANYTHING.   3/ CULTIVATE YOUR OWN INNER DESIRE TO ACHIEVE. THE TEACHER CANNOT DO IT FOR YOU   4/ COMMUNICATE CLEARLY. DEVELOP A REPUTATION OF RELIABILITY.   5/ REMOVE SELF DOUBT FROM THE EQUATION. …

Personal Development & Martial Arts

Dan Couzens Self Development

Personal development, self-growth and spiritual connection have long been a part of martial arts training. The way of the warrior has inspired the human imagination, enriched our culture and given us ideals to inspire us. True confidence is more than just a surface level outer projection, it’s a sign of a profound shift in someone’s genuine sense of self-worth. Martial arts for …

Self Defence Explored (Part 1)

Dan Couzens self defence explored

Self-defence exists firstly as alertness/awareness, secondly as behaviours/choices, and finally as physical capability. A good way to look at this is as circles see fig 1. The journey of physical learning in martial arts is fascinating. In the beginning, the extremities tend to be where we have the greatest control. Hands and feet are where our thoughts and intent is …