Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Your Worst Enemy

Your worst enemy in a violent confrontation is yourself. And, luckily that is the only factor you can control in a fight. Controlling your actions, prior, during, and after the fight means not creating any more problems than you already have to deal with. Personal control is the path to victory.

Prior to the confrontation you train and practice to defeat a violent attacker. The ability to move, communicate, shoot as necessary, use cover, and think under stress are essential. With training/practice you overcome the tendency to freeze up in an unresponsive state; reacting against the threat with an aggressive counter attack disrupts your attacker(s) plans.

During the action you must fight the urge to go “fast.” Go too fast and you make mistakes, at a time when lives depend on your actions you cannot afford mistakes. During training we have proven time and time again that performing at the proper speed is essential to correctly executing a task as quickly as possible. Being unsure of what to do, going too slow or inserting unnecessary movement means you’re taking too long to act. When you go to fast you make mistakes, which take time to correct and compensate for. The proper speed is key to performing tasks efficeiently and quickly as possible. The key is working at the proper speed while someone is actually trying to put some hurt on you.

When you make a mistake the natural inclination is to stop, mentally and physically, to dwell on what we did wrong. During a fight there is no time for this, you immediately correct, again mentally and physically, and press on. Don’t let your reaction to a mistake lead to defeat.

After the threat(s) are down, you stay plugged in. Just because the fight at that point in time is over with that particular threat doesn’t mean the battle is over. There may be other threats out there. If you’re an armed citizen you need to make sure you identify yourself to the officers arriving on the scene, complying to their commands. And you don’t make any statements until you speak to your lawyer. Again, if you’re not thinking about the entire process of the fight you can still screw yourself.

Also keep in mind we must always control what type situation we get involved in. As an armed citizen my responsibility is to my friends, family, and myself. I’m not risking my life to protect the register at the local gas station. For armed professionals it’s your responsibility to step up to trouble, just make sure when you do the odds are stacked as much as possible in your favor. If you can hold for backup, use a rifle instead of a pistol, or outsmart the bad guy then take the time to do so.

The key to victory is constantly controlling your actions. To do so requires you to think and regulate your actions. You dictate the sequence of the fight. You win.

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January 11, 2011 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset, General Training

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