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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 13 July, 2021 at 11:50 Comments comments (1458)

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 and stance, seeing sight pictures, and dry firing. This investment will be ten times greater than any additional gear you buy.

 

Sunday, July 25th is our next Kansas and Missouri Concealed Carry Course. Sign up by emailing [email protected]

 

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Train hard and be safe!


Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 7 July, 2021 at 0:00 Comments comments (634)

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 to a threat, you are giving yourself a plan of action so you will not have to come up with it during a moment of high stress when making those types of decisions will not be near as easy, or even possible at all!

 

Sunday, July 25th is our next Kansas and Missouri Concealed Carry Course. Sign up by emailing [email protected]

 

Fundamental Handgun Mastery and Personal Defense Mastery are available now on Amazon in paperback and kindle.

 

Train hard and be safe!


Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 29 June, 2021 at 15:20 Comments comments (129)

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, amazed by the world and ready to learn new information! Trust me you will be amazed at how this changes the training experience. All of your prior knowledge will still be there, trust me, but this time you will be surprised at what that slight perspective shift will do for your overall knowledge intake, and subsequently your progress and skill-building.

 

Our next KANSAS and MISSOURI CONCEALED CARRY COURSE is Sunday, July 25th. Email [email protected] to sign up today.

 

Fundamental Handgun Mastery and Personal Defense Mastery are available on Amazon.

 

Train hard and be safe!


Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 22 June, 2021 at 14:05 Comments comments (68)

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 draw in a dry setting. The mechanics of the draw can be broken down into the following steps: Grip your weapon and release it from the holster **note grip it high on the back strap establishing your shooting grip as soon as you touch it, Lock your wrist and rock toward your target ** note do not fish the gun overhead or bowl the gun in a scooping motion, Put both hands on the gun close to your body, Finally, perfect a smooth and level presentation of the gun toward your target.

 

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Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 1 June, 2021 at 13:25 Comments comments (105)

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. 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. Smooth, relaxed movements build solid, repeatable, usable skills. Train hard and be safe friends.

 

Women Empowered Boot Camp starts this Sunday, June 6th.

Our Next Concealed Carry Course is happening Sunday July 25th.

Fundamental Handgun Mastery and Personal Defense Mastery are both available on Amazon in paperback and kindle.

Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 25 May, 2021 at 14:40 Comments comments (114)

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 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. Learning and skill building is a lifetime journey, enjoy the trip!

 

Women Empowered Boot Camp starts Sunday, June 6th.

Concealed Carry returns Sunday, July 25th.

Fundamental Handgun Mastery and Personal Defense Mastery are available now on Amazon.

 

Train hard and be safe!


Training Tip Tuesday (On Wednesday)

Posted on 19 May, 2021 at 13:40 Comments comments (701)

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 watching camera footage of your competition stages or range drills. As you conduct these self-assessments, determine where you can be more efficient in your movements, timing, and actions. Doing this will increase your competition times, and overall handgun competency exponentially. In a future training tip, I will discuss segmenting, which is one of the most common mistakes shooters make in terms of efficiency.

Our next Concealed Carry Course is happening Sunday, July 25th. Our Women Empowered Boot Camp begins Sunday, June 6th. Fundamental Handgun Mastery and Personal Defense Mastery are available on Amazon right now in paperback and kindle. Train hard and be safe everyone.


Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 11 May, 2021 at 10:35 Comments comments (129)

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 knowing the law is not a defense, and misunderstanding the law (even with good intentions) is not a defense. Because legal issues are of monumental importance, can be complex, and can change over time, it is critical that you add legal training to your overall program.

 

Fundamental Handgun Mastery and Personal Defense Mastery are both available on Amazon! Our 8 Week Women Empowered Boot Camp starts June 6th. And of course our wildly popular Concealed Carry Course returns in July. Train hard and be safe everyone!


Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 4 May, 2021 at 10:55 Comments comments (117)

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 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.”

 

Fundamental Handgun Mastery and Personal Defense Mastery are both available on Amazon in paperback and kindle. Women Empowered Boot Camp is a month away. Check our website for upcoming Concealed Carry Course dates. Train hard and be safe!


Training Tip Tuesday

Posted on 27 April, 2021 at 14:25 Comments comments (110)

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 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.

 

Fundamental Handgun Mastery and Personal Defense Mastery are available in kindle and paperback on Amazon. Check out our website for upcoming courses. Train hard and be safe!


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