Invent Daily Test!

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This idea comes from the great book titled “The Little Book of Talent” by Daniel Coyle.  Coyle states that “to invent a good test, ask yourself: What’s one key element of this skill?”  WOW!  What a great question.

In the world of Self Protection skills, there are many tests that we can conducted.  There are physical fitness test, firearms shooting test, martial arts skill test and the list goes on.  I recommend that we all set aside some time each day to design some simple Warrior skill tests.

I would love to hear you comments on simple tests that you design and develop to enhance your Warrior skills.

Gunfighting 101: The basic Threes!

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Recently, I taught a firearms course in Liberty, SC at Foothills Firearms Training Center.  We were discussing gunfighting and the question came up, so what Gunfighting 101 skills do we need?  I believe it all starts with the Basic Threes!

1.  Most gunfights happen a 3 feet or less.

2.  Most gunfights are over in 3 seconds.

3.  Only 3 rounds or less are shot during the actual event.

Ok!  So where does this information come from; The internet, interviews of criminals, actual police shooting or did we just make it up?  Well, I say does it really matter?

In my opinion, the answer is no it does not matter.  We need to start our basic firearms training with some point of reference, so lets start with the Basic Threes.    Here are a few suggestions;

1.  Practice until you can draw and fire your weapon from concealed carry position in less 3 seconds or less.  This will take a little effort but it can be done.

2.  Practice to effectively fire three shots to body or head in 3 seconds or less. 

3.  Now do all of the above, standing, seated, sitting, kneeling or from any other position.  This will certainly be a challenge but it is not impossible. 

Who knows, maybe next week, it will be determined that 5 feet is the distance with 4 rounds and 6 seconds.  If that happens, then we will re-group and start our training from a different reference point.  However, until that does happen, I am going to stick with the Basic Threes! 

As always, I look forward to hearing your comments, opinions and thoughts about training and what you are doing.  Please train safely and effectively.

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.

Incognito?

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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!

What is the BEST Home Defense Weapon?

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So what is the BEST Home Defense Weapon?  I can hardly wait to hear all the exciting answers to this loaded question.  So what is my answer!  The one that you have access to in the time of need.  The one that you have trained to deployed effectively.  The one that stops the threat that you are facing.

There are obviously lots of answers.  Here is something to think about.  What if we immediately start developing an Improvised Weapon (IW) mentality.  How do we do this, easy!  Look all around your home and find items that can be used fight off an attacker.  I am sure there are plenty.

Please stop what you are doing right now and look around. Look in every room and find at least one IW.  This is an extremely important exercise to do before you face a deadly force threat, not while you are in the middle of it.

So what is your BEST Home Defense Weapon?  Please send some feedback, I would love to hear from you.

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!