Skill development and then some

I will get asked occasionally how do I train, what do we do in our classes. Well, it’s pretty simple we teach people how to be gunfighters. That’s the easy part, the hard part is defining the how.

Through years of experience, observation and evaluation we have figured somethings out. To put it a different way, if you want to hit your target there are several skills that have to be performed in concert for success. In our training classes we teach these skills through a variety of drills. These drills are broken down into either isolation or compound drills. Isolation drills focus on a specific skill where as compound drills is the culmination of various isolated skills. Working on isolation drills brings balance and competency to your compound drills.

You need both of these drills structured in progressions that allow you to continue to improve. There is no real way to know what skill set will be required in a gunfight, it could be fast and furious, it could be slow and tedious. You have to be well rounded and quickly able to adjust on the fly if necessary, which means your skill sets must be developed beyond a one dimensional approach. The bottom line is you have to understand that there are specific skill fields that when mastered create that well rounded gunfighter that can adapt and excel.

Now, here is the kicker. At some point you need specialized drills that will evaluate said skills. Aside from getting into gunfights on a regular basis you will need some form of evaluation to ensure you are 1.) doing it right, 2.) doing it consistently, 3.) doing it on demand. Without drills specifically designed to guage progress you have no way of knowing. You can sit there and pat yourself on the back all day long, but how do you know?

My problem is two fold; first there are those who don’t believe in developing drills to meet the objectives outlined above. They would rather practice the skills only. The problem with that is those skills taken individually don’t always equal success on the battlefield. Then there are those who just create crazy shit without really understanding performance objectives. They believe that if they make something that is so hard that hardly anyone can achieve success it has got to be good. While there could be an argument made for stepping up to a challenge, just pulling stuff out of your ass isn’t the best way to go about it.

Lastly, it doesn’t matter what someone, whoever they are can do, it only matters what you can do. You will have to sort through the myriad of crazy stuff that is out there to figure out what truly is valuable. That will mean you have to be able to define value. I would say a good way to define value starts with understanding what you are trying to achieve. If you don’t know where you are going, then any fool on the road can give you directions.

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