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Are your training yourself to do the wrong thing?

May 10, 2013

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of taking  “Combative Pistol II”  from Tom Givens. This was an intense 2 day Defensive pistol course. We spent a lot of time making sure we could draw our firearm properly, and get hits on target quickly and accurately. As an instructor, I always want to make sure I am teaching students proper technique. But, one of the problems we as instructors have, is we spend a lot of time teaching, and our owns skills will start to slowly deteriorate. Not because we don’t know the proper technique, but rather because we spend so much time correcting others, that we don’t train ourselves as much as we should. I had a martial arts instructor who said he learned very early in is teaching career            ” when a student is in the ring, never tell them what not to do, because that is what they will fixate on, and that is what they will do, or they will only focus on what not to do, and forget to do what they are supposed to do” . I think as instructors it is very possible to keep correcting others and therefore we start to take on the bad habits that we tell others not to do, because we are thinking about not doing them.  Whether you are an instructor, or someone practicing and training to defend yourself in a critical incident, it is important to practice proper technique.  I believe it is also very important to not let your training program get in a rut. As The quote from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman points out in the ” Sheepdog tip of the day” It is possible to train yourself to do the wrong thing, and not even realize it. When your heart rate is up, and your “instincts” kick in, you will revert back to your training. Please make sure you take a serious look at your training, If you find that you are doing the wrong thing, think about it, and make the necessary change.


Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, On Combat

One police officer gave another example of learning to do the wrong thing. He took it upon himself to practice disarming an attacker. At every opportunity, he would have his wife, a friend or a partner hold a pistol on him so he could practice snatching it away. He would snatch the gun, hand it back and repeat several more times.

One day he and his partner responded to an unwanted man in a convenience
store. He went down one isle, while his partner went down another. At the end
of the first aisle, he was taken by surprise when the suspect stepped around
the corner and pointed a revolver at him. In the blink of an eye, the officer
snatched the gun away, shocking the gunman with his speed and finesse. No
doubt this criminal was surprised and confused even more when the officer
handed the gun right back to him, just as he had practiced hundreds of times
before. Fortunately for this officer, his partner came around the corner and
shot the subject.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, On Combat

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