Paper! What does it mean if you do not have a mission.

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I was reading an excellent article in the July 2013 issue of Concealed Carry magazine.  The title of the article is “Just Ask:  What should you look for in a Firearms Trainer?” by George Harris.   Mr. Harris suggests that you ask one of the following question to your instructor, is the class you are teaching for a Responsible Citizen or an Armed Professional.  WOW!  This is a great question.

Harris states, “that the mission of a civilian is to stay out of trouble and engage the bad guys when no other alternative is available.”  The mission of the armed professional, “is to contain, control and effect the proper disposition of the bad guy as appropriate.”

This question got me thinking about my certificates, which are paper by the way and what type of instructor am I?  Here is a short list of my instructor certificates;

NRA Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, Shotgun and Rifle
FLETC Firearms Instructor Training Program (FITP –209 A)
Shotgun Instructor Training Program (SITP – 1304)
Federal Bureau of Investigation Firearms Instructor School
Simunition Scenario Instructor and Safety Certification
Georgia P.O.S.T. Firearms Instructor
Glock Firearms Instructor
Off-Shoots Firearms Instructor

What does all this paper mean?  In my opinion, it means nothing if I do not have a mission.

So based on the article, my new mission is to be the best instructor that I can be for both groups; the Responsible Citizen and the Armed Professional.  Actually, instructing the Armed Professional is easier for me, I have been one for 31 years.  I have carried a firearm both open and concealed carry for 31 years.   So teaching this group, comes very natural.  I can relate to them.

However, teaching the Responsible Citizen will surely be more challenging.  So how do I accomplish this goal.

1.  More education!  I will attend additional training courses that cater to the Responsible Citizen.  This will help me gain a different perspective and understand the issues and challenges associated with this group.

2.  Read, Read and Read!  I will need to read more articles and books published by excellent authors like George Harris, Michael Martin and the crew at Concealed Carry magazine.

3.  Practice my Craft!  I will continue to teach all groups and make sure that I am focusing on the missions of both groups. I will practice my craft as often as I can and get feedback from my students to ensure that I am headed down the right path.

So there you have it.  Get the training, get the paper but please have a mission.

Both the Armed Professional and Responsible Citizens need fewer “Paper Dragons” and more trained, dedicated professionals.  I plan on being a more dedicated professional instructor for both groups.

Try this next time you want to learn something!

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Here are some short cuts to learning a new skill or if you are an instructor, consider trying a new teaching methodology;

General Skill Acquisition:

  1. Find a good reason to learn.  You need an ignition source!  Spark your motivation.
  2. Observing the expert: deep observation.  Suggestion: watch a video of an expert in the area of study you are attempting to learn before going to bed at night.  Test the skill in the morning.
  3. Engraving/Modeling the skill: Acting “as if” we have the skill for 15 minutes per day.  A kinesthetic activity.
  4. Steal from the best: take bits and pieces, ideas—the good information that serves you–and make it your own.
  5. Training Journal: for recording progress.  TEST, TEST & more TEST!  Record the results.
  6. Practice in an environment that offers the least luxuries and distractions. The more Spartan, the better.
  7. Precision in early practice develops the initial neural pathways correctly.  Fundamentals are critical.  Focus on fundamentals and instructions regarding these basics should be clear and to the point.

Read the Talent Code and the Little Red Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle for more information.

Here is a great blog on Sparking Motivation!  http://thetalentcode.com/2013/10/10/how-to-spark-motivation-step-1-shut-your-mouth/

British Combat Association!

Sometimes I forget and I need a friendly reminder.  Today I received two friendly reminders about the same oversight on my part.  I have made 43 post and no where have I mentioned an extremely important influence in my Pistol Combatives  and the Combat Hard Krav Maga and Combatives curriculum.  

That influence is the British Combat Association led by Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson.  I have not met Mr. Thompson to date, but I have had the true pleasure of sitting down and talking with Mr. Consterdine.  We met in a hotel lobby in Manchester several years ago and talked for several hours.  He is a true security professional and an incredible martial arts coach.  I even had the experience of holding the striking pad for a light version of his double hip strike. When he hit me, it did not feel light, but I am sure he took it easy on me, because we had not had lunch yet.  LOL!

Here is an excellent overview of the BCA.  BCA-Info-Pack.  And here are some of the products they produce.  All are highly recommended!

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I am also participating in World Combat Association (WCA) Combat Coach Diploma Award Program.  One more step and I will have completed the Instructor portion and then I start working the Combat Coach.  

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Alright!  So check out the BCA and let me know your thoughts.  They are a great resources and some of the best martial arts coaches in the world.  Thank you, British Combat Association and Peter Consterdine!

 

Do you need to learn Combative skills? YES!

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Finding the time to learn combative skills is often challenging.  Here is an excellent source of authentic fighting skills that can be learned in the privacy of your own home.

Please visit http://nickhughescombatives.com/.  Nick Hughes is an awesome combatives instructor with many, many years of experience.  He is also an excellent public speaker, so combine this with his deadly combative skills and you have a WIN/WIN situation.

Please visit Nick’s website today and check out some of the free clips.  You will not be disappointed.  All the best.

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Guro Dan Inosanto

There would be no Combat Hard Pistol Combatives program if it were not for the great teaching of this very special man, Guro Dan Inosanto.

He is a legend and I will always be very proud to be an instructor under his lineage.  Thank you!

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