Coach John Titchen has unique experience across a variety of educational fields and an international reputation as a as a writer on personal safety and karate. John continues to research and develop new psychological and physical defence strategies and coaching methods to ensure that those training with him receive the best instruction possible to make their lives safer.
After a tiny bit of Judo in the 1980s, John began his formal martial arts training in Shotokan Karate in 1991 and first began teaching karate in 1993 as an assistant instructor. He gained his first Shodan (Black Belt) in Shotokan Karate with ESKA (English Shotokan Karate Association) in 1995. He now has over 20 years experience of teaching in the field of martial arts and self protection, including teaching in the USA. An early experience of cross training whet his appetite for exploring Karate in greater depth and he has since trained with a wide range of leading martial artists in diverse styles. John has always had a passion for research, and in addition to his first book Heian Flow System was able to share his knowledge in interviews with Combat Magazine and Martial Arts Planet and as a regular columnist for Traditional Karate Magazine and the ezine Jissen.
In 1999, John embarked upon a detailed study of the patterns of habitual acts of violence (HAOV) that made his training and teaching more relevant to Violent Crime. This lead to the creation of the Heian Flow System in 2004. This research significantly improved the karate training his students did, but it became clear that realistic full force simulations were required in order to pressure test existing drills as a quality management procedure. These developments resulted in a shakeup of his syllabus in the first half of 2006, and the rebranding of his Practical Karate as Defence Attack & Resolution Tactics (DART) in July 2006. Elements of coaching and psychological training were adopted from outside the martial arts; the challenge by choice, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Fear Management techniques used in DART Karate were developed from research and training in the field of Rope Course Development. In 2006 DART Karate began to use protective equipment regularly as a tool for scenario training. In addition to his research projects and Karate classes John designs and delivers professional Conflict Management, Personal Safety and Physical Intervention Training for Archilochus Training Solutions. The Pinan Flow System reflects his interest in karate kata and his experience in studying violent crime and devising effective self defence scenario training.