Training Tip Tuesday #10 Relaxed Versus Tensed Movements- I was a range officer at a shooting completion recently. The stage I was at included a mandatory reload. One thing I noticed with a lot of shooters that struggled during the reload, was that their movements were extremely tense, they were flexed, jerky, and not smooth in their movements. As a result, several seconds of valuable time was wasted. At a class a while back, I took the time to remind the students that SMOOTH IS FAST. Many of us who train hear those words all the time but still resort back to bad habits of tense, rushed movements, especially when time is a concern.
Never point your gun at anything you are not willing to shoot!
This is one of the most important rules of all time and it applies at all times.
Over the coming weeks I will discuss other essential safety components and then the fundamentals of marksmanship!
Olathe, Overland Park, and anywhere else...I cannot wait to train handguns, rifles, self-defense, and concealed carry courses again. Hopefully soon. Be safe!
Tip Tuesday #9 Maximizing your Training Sessions- When you train, be
present in the moment. Do not worry about mistakes. Do not question
whether or not you are doing every little thing right. Do not set
yourself up for failure before you even begin. Instead, look at training
as research and experience. I am reminded of the quote, “To be good at
something, you have to be willing to be bad at it.” The point I’m making
is that too many people do not enjoy training get the most they can out
of the experience.
I'm working on a handgun training video right now and I thought I would share some of it with you. Successful handgun training is based on two things: a solid and unwavering understanding and practice of firearms safety, and dedicated practice of the fundamentals. In future posts I will go into more detail as to what exactly this means.
I cannot wait to start teaching handgun and rifle courses again in Olathe, Overland Park, and all of the other places I've been invited to teach. Check out our courses page to find classes like Concealed Carry, Personal and Home Defense, and more.
I have started doing virtual Handgun Training Courses and they are going better than expected to say the least! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this type of experience. It's amazing how people adapt and overcome based on their circumstances. We cannot wait to continue on with all of our other high-energy classes, but until then be safe!
Training Tip Tuesday #8Efficiency Filter- A training concept I use a lot is running what
I do through an “efficiency filter.” I do not think there is one perfect way to
perform a specific handgun function whether it is a reload, a malfunction
clear, etc. because external and internal circumstances are fluid in both
competition and self-defense situations. I do think that most, if not all of
us, can be more efficient in our movements. One of the best ways to discover
this is through watching camera footage of your competition stages or range
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 #6 “Adapt
what is useful, reject what is useless, and then add what is specifically your
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 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 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