Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Training, Part III

You came to class to learn, not to just do things the way you’ve always done it. I ask students to work with new techniques or tactics during the class, then after giving it a chance they can make an educated choice. Don’t cop-out with “this is how I’ve always done it and I can’t change it now.”

You can do anything if you put your mind to it, which means slow down and focus on what the instructor is asking. After all, it may be a better technique or tactic, and if lives depend on your performance wouldn’t you want to be as good as possible? On the range stay focused and don’t let your mind wander. Shut your mouth, open your ears, and pay attention.

Don’t get caught up competing or comparing your performance with other students. It’s good to observe other people performing, this is one of the ways we learn, but what they can do on the range won’t really matter in your fight.

When the instructor provides you with corrections during a drill it’s not the time to get into a lengthy debate. Hold your questions until a break and then get clarification. After all it’s your class, and you shouldn’t leave with any questions unanswered. Other students will also have questions so don’t hog the instructor’s time.

I highly recommend taking notes during your class. There will be a lot of information presented, too much to try to remember, at least for me. I have training notebooks from all my classes. During class I make notes, and at the end of the day I recount the training in detail. “The Book of Two Guns” is actually my main notebook covering ten years of classes.

During class do not participate in anything unsafe. There are plenty of ways to induce stress into training without increasing risk. Everyone on the range, including you, is a safety officer. If you see something unsafe you need to correct it immediately. Training safely is paramount.

After class is when the real work begins. Training, the introduction of new techniques and the reason you attend class, and practicing, when you actually learn and refine your skills through repetition, are two different things. Without practice you won’t actually learn, you won’t see any improvement in your skills, and they’ll deteriorate over time. A little work will maintain your abilities, but improvement takes regular practice. Practice is also the time to experiment with new or modified gear.

When you decide to invest in training you are entering into a contract. For the school to do their part you have hold up your end of the deal. You can book a class with the best teacher in the world, but if you’re not prepared physically, mentally and with the right equipment you’re wasting both parties’ time. You can always make more money, buy more ammo and gear, but time is a precious commodity. Spend it wisely.

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Preparing for Training - 1, 2, 3

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