“Speed and precision equals belief and confidence in shooting ability”
I would like to take a moment and impart my thoughts on my training philosophy. One must master the basic skills first in order to build a solid platform onto which more advanced concepts can be added. We all must continually train in the basic skills in order for those skills to become reflexive. Once basic skills are committed to memory and become reflexive, you are now able to focus your attention on more complex skills and techniques. I believe in training for perfection, regardless of the skill being learned, knowing that under stress, perfection will most likely become hindered. We want you, the student, to be able to adapt the training received to the situation at hand.
So what “qualifies” someone to teach what we teach? I believe the answer has several aspects to it. If I were going to take a course of instruction there are several things I would ask myself in regards to who is teaching me. Here are a few of my questions:
- Where did this person learn what they are teaching?
- Were the skills learned somewhere that required a high level of performance and expertise of the skills before certification was awarded?
- Are they able to perform the skills they are teaching at a high level?
- Do they possess "real world" application of the subject matter being taught?
- Are they willing to let you review their credentials?
These are a few questions I would have, and hopefully you do as well. I would like to caution you of a few things that I have personally
witnessed over the course of my military and competitive shooting experience. Beware of the instructor that says, “this is the only way to do this.” I can assure you there is more than one way to do a lot of what we teach. Beware of the "expert" instructor whose only background is through classes that have little to no failure rate and have not applied their training in the "real world". There's a big difference between those who have only taught in a classroom setting versus those who have personal experience utilizing those skills under high stress conditions.
I feel that I will always be a student and I am open to learning new ideas and concepts in everything I do. There are a lot of quality training companies out there. Take your time and conduct a thorough due diligence of those who you will be training with. Tactical and competitive training is an investment of your time and money, and quality instruction will save you both.
Lastly, we take what we teach to our students very seriously as we know that in the event someone we have instructed has to put what they have learned into action, we want them to be fully prepared to apply the skills taught. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. I will personally respond to your emails promptly.