Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Life Lessons

When students come to class at Shootrite learn how to defend themselves and their family, or to acquire the necessary skills for applying firearms in their job, I always mention that the things they are learning are actually life lessons. Most of them laugh when I say this, but a few will think for a second, and then nod their head. The truth is that the same skills we use to solve a problem with a potential threat apply to everyday life, and vice versa.

When faced with a violent threat you have to come up with a solution for that problem, in a short amount of time, and then apply your skills to win. Everyday life is much the same, except we normally have more time to come up with a solution to our problems. Or not.

In a fight you have to be thinking, constantly, to win. If all you’re doing is reacting to what’s being done to you then you’re always behind. Life is the same. You have to start the day with a plan, and then be ready to modify your actions as the day unfolds. You have to be ready for the unexpected, because the unpredictable is always occurring. The same is true of personal combat. We start with plan A, improvise with plan B, and constantly being prepared for plan X, which is for the unexpected.

During your daily activities you manage time properly, otherwise you’ll find yourself behind, sometimes after you’ve barely gotten started. During a fight time is a precious commodity. Time determines the options available. When I have time I retreat and avoid or escape the threat. When there’s no time to withdraw I have to fight. The key is to pay attention to the small details around you so you pick up on a possible problem in advance, and can avoid, escape, or when necessary start preparing your response in advance. The same applies to each day of your life.

When faced with a threat the presence of a weapon and strong verbal commands may diffuse the situation. This allows us to win the confrontation without being involved in a physical fight. The same thing is true of life. Communication with others allows us to solve possible problems without a knock-down-drag-out confrontation.

To make it through life successfully we have to be mentally calm. Every time you become mentally unbalanced confusion and anxiety occur and bad things start to happen. Victory in combat is the result of a relaxed mental state. Only by being mentally calm can we assess the situation, determine a proper course of action, and initiate our response. This is true of life and combat.

Martial arts, which I consider the study of firearms to be the ultimate martial art, allow us to discover the truths about ourselves. Through this journey we learn our weaknesses and strengths. This journey is the pathway to victory, in both life and combat.


September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset

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