Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Victory or Defeat

In a violent confrontation there are three possible outcomes. You lose, tie, or win. To lose a fight means serious bodily injury or death for us or those we’re defending. A tie might possibly result in not being injured, but it could also end with both us and the threat hurt and down. The only real option is victory. We must defeat the threat(s) as efficiently as possible. Now, keep in mind this doesn’t necessarily mean firing our weapon or physically exchanging blows. I see trouble developing, so I leave before it starts. Avoidance and escape are at the top of our list of tactics. Strong verbal commands, positive body language and the presence of a weapon often force a potential threat to mentally decide they don’t want to participate. Then there are times where physically defeating the threat is our only option.

I just finished reading a couple of books by Sam Sheridan about martial arts and the fighting mindset, “A Fighter’s Heart” and “The Fighters Mind.” The first book covers Sheridan’s personal journey into the world of martial arts and sports fighting. His second work provides examples from a variety of athletes on their mental approach to each particular discipline. One common thread in these stories is how often an athlete will take a defeat, learn and improve from it, and come back later to win. But these are sports, and there is a world of difference between competition and a fight against someone who is seriously wanting to hurt or kill you.

As Bill Jordan says in his book, “THERE IS NO SECOND PLACE WINNER IN A GUN FIGHT!!!!!” (No Second Place Winner, 1965.) in a fight there are no rules. You don’t get the chance to tap-out, hit the pause button, or quit, which is contradictory to almost every other aspect of our lives. I’m writing an article and make a mistake. I ‘cut,’ ‘copy,’ ‘paste,’ and it’s like it never happened. I’m distracted and miss my turn, so I pull my truck into a parking lot and circle back around. On the range I analyze mistakes to see why they occurred and then practice, smoothing out my performance for the next drill.

During a fight mistakes occur, the results of your actions are not what you anticipate, or it seems like you’re losing. You press on until you win. You fumble a reload, so you immediately correct/compensate as needed and fight on. A hit to the leg feels like someone smashed your knee with a baseball bat and you drop to the ground. You’re on the ground, but not out of the fight.

We don’t want to fight, but when forced to, we fight to win. Never think about losing, just concentrate on how to win. Don’t consider or dwell on mistakes; fix it and fight on. The body can take an enormous amount of damage and still function if the mind is willing. We keep fighting, mentally and physically, until victorious.


September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset, General Training

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