Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Three Modes of Learning

We learn in basically three ways – visually, by watching an action being performed, kinesthetically, actually performing the action, and by thinking about a skill. As students this means we train and practice using all three methods.

For example when training/practicing you should try to watch others, seeing how they perform, and learning ways of improving your own skills. The important aspect here is to watch someone who is better than you so you’re getting good input. As humans we are gifted when it comes to imitation, so use this to ability along with your powers of observation to learn.

Repetition, performing the same sequence of actions over and over is a requirement for learning any new skills and for maintaining existing abilities. Fighting against an attacker involves both the mind and body to function as one unit. The more you perform an action sequence, the better the results, and eventually you reach the point where you are combining basic skills in multiples, moving, issuing verbal commands, shooting accurately, and looking for cover, all at the same time and at a subconscious level. It simply takes practice, and the best way to get these required repetitions is through dry practice.

Finally, thinking about something, in a positive light, improves your skills. This is the benefit of reading and intelligent discussion. It doesn’t mean you can shut down, focusing with laser like intensity on fighting to the neglect of all other aspects of life. (For those few of you who can do this I am envious.) But when you have a few minutes sit back and think about performing a certain action. Make yourself a note of two on what you need to pay attention to during your next practice session. Read, especially the classics like McGivern, Jordan, Applegate, and Cooper. When you have the opportunity ask those people who know more than you do questions about technique or tactics. There are a lot of chances during the day to think about your combative skills.

You’ll also need to figure out whether you’re the kind of person that sees the forest, and then locates and identifies all the elements that fill the forest, or if you need to look at and examine the individual components of the forest in order to understand how it all works together. This is what I call the “global” view, where you see the complete picture and then analyze the details, as opposed to an “analytical” approach, which begins with the separate parts and then assembles them into a complete action.

The end result of our training and practice is a thorough understanding of the art of personal-combat; it’s just that we will all take a little different path to get there. Also remember that this is a never-ending journey. There is always something new to learn, and you can never be too prepared.

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November 9, 2010 - Posted by | General Training

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