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Training Tip Tuesday #7

Training Tip Tuesday#7Legal Training-One of the most common deficiencies in the vast majority of citizens’ overall self-defense strategy is their basic understanding of the law in regard to self-defense. Throughout the years, I have heard people say, with absolute conviction mind you, statements that have ZERO legal basis. It is not uncommon for people to say, “My brother who is a cop said…or I was reading on a gun debate message board, or I heard that...” Not knowing the law is not a defense, and misunderstanding the law (even with good intentions) is not a defense.

Training Tip Tuesday #6

Training Tip #6 “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and then add what is specifically your own.” - The previous quote is attributed to the legendary Martial Artist, Philosopher, and Actor Bruce Lee. Before I continue writing, I should say I agree with the message. That being said, I think the concept in this quote has been misapplied by a substantial amount of well-intentioned people. Specifically, the “reject what is useless” portion of the quote. In both firearms and empty hand martial arts, I have seen people “reject what is useless” in terms of a technique they are not familiar with, or steps to perform a firearm manipulation, etc. simply because they were not IMMEDIATELY proficient at it. “Yeah, I tried that technique it does not work for me.” “I do not do it that way because my hands are too small, my legs are too short,” or whatever excuse they come up with. The point I am making is too many people give up on a certain technique or method way before they are qualified to do so. Ultimately, this hurts their skill development and understanding in the long run. So, to end this training tip of the day I give you this quote from an unknown source, “To be good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it.” 

Training Tip #5

Training Tip #5 Always be a Student- It is incredible how many “instructors” in both martial arts and firearms only “teach.” It appears that these people want the title of instructor before doing the work that the position deserves. This should always raise suspicions amongst current and prospective students. The best teachers are the most dedicated students. If you are a teacher, you owe it to yourself, and more importantly your students, to be just as much a student as you are a teacher. If you are a student who wishes to become a teacher, know that you should and will ALWAYS be a student.

Training Tip Tuesday #4


Training Tip Tuesday #4 Working Through Plateaus-Training to become proficient in any skill has its ups and downs. Training is also just as much a mental game as it is a physical one. I think it is important to remember that getting better is not always a direct path. You will have good days and bad days as well as what will seem like plateaus in your development. Many people misunderstand this process and subsequently quit because they think they have reached their full potential. On the contrary, pushing past these phases of the learning process is precisely why you will improve. Remember this the next time you have a couple of bad performances at the range. The real battle will be won simply by staying in the game!

Training Tip Tuesday #2


Training Tip #2 Enjoy Training -For today’s training tip, I thought I would share with you part of my perspective about training. People constantly ask me how I can train so often and so consistently. First and foremost I keep training fun. For ideas on how to accomplish this, stay tuned for future tips or review many tips from the past! Beyond that, I understand that progression and improvement are not achieved in a straight upward line. You will have good days, bad days, and days that are just average. But it is critical to remember that if you are being safe, dry firing your gun, hitting the range, or hitting the mat room, you are WINNING! That is what is important and that is what will keep you improving for life!

Training Tip Tuesday #1

TRAINING TIP TUESDAY-- Every Tuesday for the next TWENTY weeks, I will be posting a training tip from my new book Personal Defense Mastery, which along with the updated and re-edited Fundamental Handgun Mastery, is available on Amazon. Like, share, and comment and throughout the process I will be giving away signed copies of both books. Please leave a review on Amazon and we can't wait see you in a class this year!
Training Tip #1 Learn like a child-Have you ever noticed that children acquire new skills at an exponentially faster rate than most adults? Do you ever wonder why this is the case? Over the last decade of training thousands of students, I have an idea. When adults learn, they are bringing quite a bit of previous experience and preconceived notions with them. As counter-intuitive as that may seem, this oftentimes slows the learning process. Meanwhile, without a lot of previous experience, children tend to be sponges ready to soak in all knowledge about the world around them. They are simply ready to learn. My take away from this is that if adults want to learn something, they should forget about preconceived notions just for a moment, and attempt to learn the skill as a total and complete beginner. I believe anyone who does this will be amazed at the results.

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Make 2020 your year friends! Empty hand self-defense, firearms, mental awareness, and physical health are your priority and we can not wait to train with you. Don't let excuses win this year! You go this!

Training Tip of the Day 19-07 Learn like a child.

Training Tip of the Day 19-07 Learn like a child.Have you ever noticed that children acquire new skills at an exponentially faster rate than most adults? Do you ever wonder why this is the case? Over the last decade of training thousands of students I have an idea. When adults learn, they are bringing quite a bit of previous experience and preconceived notions with them. As counter-intuitive as that may seem, that OFTEN times slows the learning process. Meanwhile, without a lot of previous experience, children tend to be sponges ready to soak in any and all knowledge about the world around them.

Training Tip of the Day 19-07 Learn like a child.

Training Tip of the Day 19-07 Learn like a child. Have you ever noticed that children acquire new skills at an exponentially faster rate than most adults? Do you ever wonder why this is the case? Over the last decade of training thousands of students I have an idea. When adults learn, they are bringing quite a bit of previous experience and preconceived notions with them. As counter-intuitive as that may seem, that OFTEN times slows the learning process. Meanwhile, without a lot of previous experience, children tend to be sponges ready to soak in any and all knowledge about the world around them. They are simply ready to learn. My take away from this is that if adults really want to learn something, they should forget about preconceived notions just for a moment, and attempt to learn the skill as a total and complete beginner. I believe anyone who does this will be amazed at the results. Comment with your thoughts below! Train hard, be safe, and see you on the range (or mat)! SATURDAY, June 15th and SUNDAY June 23rd ARE OUR NEXT SCHEDULED UNFORGETTABLE CONCEALED CARRY COURSES!!! Don’t forget to pick up your copy of FUNDAMENTAL HANDGUN MASTERY ON AMAZON AND DO A REVIEW! Like, share, and comment friends and come see us at one of our upcoming events!

Training Tip of the Day 19-06 Managing the Distance.

Training Tip of the Day 19-06 Managing the Distance.Last week, I received a message from one of our friends asking me to do a video or training tip on self-defense for an older or disabled person with a cane. This is not the first time I have been asked this type of question, so I thought today I would do a training tip laying out the foundation of self-defense when using a cane. I have trained with staffs and other similar weapons/instruments throughout my martial arts career, but do not train regularly with them currently.
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