Here is a great quote from a great book! “The goal is to invest thousands of hours of training so that in the heat of the battle the right maneuvers will come automatically, with no interference from consciousness.” – David Eagleman
Is your training incognito? So the big question is, what amount of time are you spending on your self-protection training? Once a month, once a week, once a day or very infrequently? Here is an interesting measuring tool!
Amateur Talent – 2000 hours of practice
Average Talent – 5000 hours of practice
Expect Abilities – 10000 hours of practice
Yes, that is a lot of practice time. Just remember, focus on mastering the basics, they will be there when you need them. In my opinion, way to much time is spent on practicing so-called advance skills and letting the basic skills deteriorate.
Practice your basic self-protection skills daily to include your situational awareness. You should also study your body’s external and internal natural reactions to fear. Why? This way you will know what to expect when faced with sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation. Remember, the SNS is most likely activated from the FEAR of Death, Serious Bodily Injury or Pain. Our goal is to calm the fires of the SNS and get the PNS (para-sympathetic nervous) system back in control. One simple method to do this is BREATHING! I will discuss this more in future post.
Ok, enough talking. Get out there and train. Do something today to enhance your Self-Protection skills and be safe!
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!
Here is a basic handgun defense principle. “RCAT” – Redirect, Control, Attack and Takeaway.
First we redirect the muzzle of the weapon from all body parts. This might also mean that you move your body, not just push the weapon away. Get the line of fire off your body.
Next we control the weapon. Remember leverage! Once the muzzle is redirected, you should get control of either the weapon or the weapon hand.
The third step is attack. An aggressive counter attack is suggested. This might be accomplished with an empty hand , knife or even you own handgun. If you decide to engage with your handgun, just remember, you are up close and personal, do not give your adversary your firearm. Maintain a good weapon retention position while you are firing and watch out for your own arm.
Finally, disarm the assailant. This might be accomplished when the bullet penetrates his chest cavity or after the empty hand counter attack you get two hands on the firearm and dislodge it from his grip.
Practice, practice and more practice is the key. Also do not forget realism and safety. During a violent encounter or combat and activation of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) will occur. The activation of the SNS is often referred to as the “Fight or Flight Syndrome”. It is activated by FEAR of Death, Serious Bodily Injury or Pain. Realistic Force on Force drills utilizing proper protective equipment can create a reasonable facsimile of combat. These drills are extremely important to include in your daily training.
Remember this quote and make this a goal of your training, “To master self-defence so well as to never have to kill anyone…” – Imi Lichtenfeld
I am constantly reminded by events that happen, that the keys to effective Self Protection have little to do with actual physical fighting skills. Do we need the fighting skills, absolutely! However, if you practice the following three things, you can certainly keep yourself out of a lot of trouble.
- Practice good Situational Awareness! Look around, keep your head on swivel and look for pre-incident indicators. There are usually warning or danger signs that precede an attack. Do you know what they are and have you honed your abilities to see these signs. Remember and practice Colonel Jeff Cooper’s Color Code system of Mental Readiness.
- Maintain Distance or Space between you and a potential adversary. If not distance, find an obstacle or barrier at get behind it. Most trainers describe the reactionary gap as 6 feet or more. If you can not maintain this gap, then get your hands up and prepare for a potential assault.
- Always look for an Escape Route. Again, put you head on swivel, if you can find an opening to disengage, take it. There is nothing wrong with running away and seeking a better tactical position.
Simple enough: Situational Awareness, Maintain Distance or Space, and look for Escape Routes. These are all skills that can be trained daily. Train effectively and often and remember to always pay attention!
After 31 years of fighting and shooting, I have begun to understand that the simplest solution in self-defense is often the best one. We all love the fancy or sexy stuff, that we see all over You Tube. Some of these techniques are truly beautiful, indeed. However, under extreme duress, some of these techniques will often fail due to their complexity or your body’s inability to perform them under stress.
That is, of course, unless you absolutely drill them into the ground and they becomes like gross motor skills. Is this possible, absolutely! Visit the book titled “The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills” by Daniel Coyle to learn the secrets of efficient and simple practice.
So let us look at the act of drawing your firearm from a holster. It is a 4 step process that is easy to master if you practice.
- Obtain your “Master grip” while the firearm is in the holster
- Lift you dominant side “Elbow up“. This clears the firearm from the holster.
- Drop you dominant side “Elbow Down“. The weapon is now in a position to be fired
- “Lock” the firearm into several different positions. The positions that I teach are Close Quarter or Weapons Retention position, Body Point Position, One Handed Full Extension or Two Handed Full Extension.
In the beginning, I suggest you practice this simple 4 step process daily. Watch yourself in a mirror, while conducting the practice. It should be noted that this should only be done with a properly cleared and safe pistol. There is no need to place any additional vent holes in your roof or in your walls.
Once you have the basics down and you have alleviated all unnecessary motion, pick up the pace by adding a timer into your training session. There is obviously more to do and train, but this is a great place to start.
There you have it. Get out there and practice and please let me know how you are doing.
Does dry-fire practice work? It sure does! Click the link below to read a great article by Steven Gilcreast, Senior Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy.
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Train Today for Tomorrow’s Battles!