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 …

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 …

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 …