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 …

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 …

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, …