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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 13 July, 2021 at 11:50 Comments comments (488)

Training Tip Tuesday Over-reliance on Gear-Too many shooters look to gun additions and modifications to enhance their shooting. Fancy sights, lasers, grips, trigger modifications, etc. are all nice to have, but they do not make up for consistent, focused practice! When your target does not look quite as good as you want it to, as much as we would like to think it is the gun, it usually is the shooter behind the gun. Invest a little time each week into drawing your gun, working on your grip an...

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 7 July, 2021 at 0:00 Comments comments (30)

Training Tip Tuesday Mental Rehearsal- While physically training with your gun and in various self-defense arts is important, I would suggest that mental training is equally important. Putting yourself in various self-defense scenarios in the most common places you are at will undoubtedly prepare you to act more effectively in the case of an emergency. By rehearsing your escape route, or your move to a position of cover, or even your angle in which you would launch an effective counter-attack...

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 29 June, 2021 at 15:20 Comments comments (21)

Training Tip Tuesday--- Empty Slate- Today’s tip comes from an observation I have made about many adult learners. Adults tend to bring past experiences and preconceived notions into their training sessions, even in topics they have never trained in before. Because of this, they don’t learn as much as they could or reach their full potential. The next time you take a class or learn any skill, do your very best to go in with the proverbial “empty slate.” Be a kid again, ...

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 22 June, 2021 at 14:05 Comments comments (18)

Training Tip Tuesday Developing your Draw- Having a smooth, efficient, and repeatable draw is a major part of your firearms proficiency. Many people neglect this portion of their training, especially if they shoot primarily at indoor ranges where drawing from a holster is sometimes not allowed. The great thing is, the draw can be practiced in a dry setting away from the range. Always make sure to clear and check your weapon and separate any live ammunition from the area before practicing your...

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 1 June, 2021 at 13:25 Comments comments (36)

Training Tip Tuesday -- 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 this past weekend, I took the time to remind the students that SMOOTH IS FAST. Man...

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 25 May, 2021 at 14:40 Comments comments (28)

Training Tip Tuesday--- Maximizing your Training Sessions- After an incredible week of training with some of the best in the world at what they do, I thought I would offer a general training tip based on some observations I have made. 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 rem...

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Training Tip Tuesday (On Wednesday)

Posted on 19 May, 2021 at 13:40 Comments comments (45)

Training Tip Tuesday (On Wednesday)- 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 wat...

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 11 May, 2021 at 10:35 Comments comments (23)

Training Tip Tuesday ---Legal 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 knowin...

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 4 May, 2021 at 10:55 Comments comments (16)

Training Tip Tuesday “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 b...

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 27 April, 2021 at 14:25 Comments comments (13)

Training Tip Tuesday: 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 st...

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