One of the UK's foremost self protection and applied karate instructors, John Titchen is best known internationally for his highly acclaimed realistic safe self defence scenario training and his critically acclaimed books and blog on traditional karate kata application and self defence.
John’s seminars, books, youtube videos and articles are very popular worldwide with those in the know amongst the growing number of groups and individuals looking to enhance their own training through a pragmatic approach to the practical application of traditional martial arts for effective self defence. John writes articles on self defence and applied karate for his blog, and travels internationally to deliver self protection and karate seminars in addition to teaching regular karate classes in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.
After trying a small amount 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.
Wriiten in 2004, John published his first book Heian Flow System: effective karate kata bunkai in 2007. In 2014 and 2015 John published his new internationally best selling four part book series Pinan Flow System: karate kata application for beginner to black belt and in 2016 he published his sixth book: Karate and Self Defence - Selected Articles. John featured as one of the guest authors in the 2018 book The Problem of Practical Karate.
In addition to his research projects, international seminars and karate classes with the Practical Karate Association, John holds a number of different coaching and instructor qualifications and is a First Aid Instructor. He engages in voluntary work supporting expeditions with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.