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.

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Which is best? Spartan or Luxurious Training Facilities!

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So which is it?  I know we all love comfort and I know that luxury can be very intoxicating. I have had the opportunity to train at both state-of-the-art facilities and hole-in-the-wall facilities.  Which was best?  I chose Spartan facilities any day.  I find that I tend to relax too much when I workout in luxury and my effort is not the same. Luxury can be very distracting.  This may be a personal thing but, think about it and let me know your thoughts.

The photo approve is a firearms range training facility in the country of Jordan.  I would say it could be considered very Spartan.  The training conducted there was very intense and the practice that occurred was deep-seated because there were obviously no distractions.

Please do not misunderstand me!  I love modern range facilities with moving and turning targets and all the other cool stuff.  However, when it is time for some serious combat training, nothing beats a simple range, where you must use your creativity to make the training beneficial.

In the “Little Book of Talent”, by Daniel Coyle, it is stated that “Simple, humble spaces help focus attention on the deep-practice task at hand: reaching and repeating and struggling”.

So what do you think?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue.  While you are thinking about it, I am going to get some dry-fire practice in.  All the best.

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!

 

Training with a Combatives Legend

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Today is August 31st and I have the true pleasure of training with a NLP & Combatives Legend,  Marcus Wynne.  If you do not know who this is, please immediately click this link. http://www.marcuswynne.com/.  The things that he has done are off the chart.

When you visit his link, I highly recommend you read one of his novels.  You will get a dose of hardcore combatives, wrapped in a military and law enforcement adventure theme, with lots of mystery and real world violence.

BTW!  This great seminar Marcus Wynne LKN Seminar adobe is at Nick Hughes’s training center in NC. http://nickhughescombatives.com/ .If you are not here, sorry you are really missing out.  Nick is an awesome instructor and combatives expert also.  It is truly going to be an incredible day!

WANTED! Pistol Combatives Seminar Host

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WANTED! Martial Arts School Owners, Instructors, and Students!

Seminar hosting is easy!  All Pistol Combatives programs can be taught in any martial arts studios, gym facility or open area.  NO special equipment is needed.

Pistol Combatives is an excellent addition to all martial arts curriculum, especially in our current gun focused world. We also have a specific program for Law Enforcement and Military agencies and organizations.

If you are interested in hosting a seminar, please contact steve@combathard.com.  We will provide you with all the information needed to get started on this exciting journey!

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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