This week, Jeff experienced a surprise break heard around the world! And if you don’t think we gave him enough ribbing for it during the podcast, we wish you could hear the stuff said “off air.” Here’s a fact. We may not all have a negligent discharge but, we are certainly all capable of it. Complacency will be your undoing. The minute you think you are infallible or incapable of making a mistake is usually the exact moment it happens.
Craig Douglas’ post here is meant primarily for LE. Don’t take this as me trying to be the guy telling LEOs how to do their job. I’m simply passing information along from SME and noted instructor, Craig Douglass of Shivworks. Douglas’ main point here is to be precise in your instructions. He also suggests emphasizing what you don’t want your subject to do. Having said all this, I find Douglas’ points to be applicable outside of LE as well.
I work in IT in the finance industry as my primary job and I also do contract work in other fields. When interacting with people, I find that precise language makes all the difference in the world in helping me help them solve their problem. Precise wording of the description of a problem makes diagnosing that problem and finding the solution faster and simpler.
Three weeks in a row? I think we’re actually impressed ourselves with this run. This week, we’ve got a “don’t be THAT guy” discussion about a loss prevention officer who turned a shop-lifting case into a murder charge. We also discuss lights, both handheld and weapon mounted. If you don’t have a handheld light as part of your every day carry setup, you’re doing it wrong.
Yeah…Call me chicken. I’ve trained/shot with some truly excellent shooters over the years. And I even call some of them friends. Folks I would trust with my life…To a point. This is well beyond THAT point.
There’s no benefit to “training” like this. Not even stress inoculation. There is “bullshido” and then there is just plain stupid. This is the latter. One can argue, validly I might add, that what we do on a “square” range is nothing like being on a true “two-way” range. I don’t disagree. However, somewhere along the way, these guys have thrown good sense and necessary risk out the window.
We’ve never been shy about telling people to get training above and beyond their basic CHL/LTC class. And it is just that, basic. As instructors, we only have 4-6 hours to impart a limited amount of information mandated by law but, that’s not all there is to carrying a gun. Personally, I am also a big advocate of training that goes beyond a gun. We all have our limitations but, as much as possible, I advocate learning some sort of unarmed defense technique and getting into shape.
Having said all that, beware of the “McDojo” teaching what some folks call “bulllshido.” These are often flashy techniques or systems that look cool on camera but, have no basis in the real world. And sometimes, it’s labeled under a better known discipline of martial arts and you’ll see instructors exhibiting what seems like some sort of Star Wars like “Force” over their students. The video above is a great example.
If the technique involves trying to imitate an actual flying monkey who then slithers on the ground to gain his footing, it might be bullshido. If the instructor exhibits what looks like a Star Wars like “Force” that sends people flying across the room or causes them to fall at the lightest touch, it might be bullshido. If the firearm disarm techniques resemble someone having convulsions or possibly masturbating with a firearm in a most obscene manner, it might be bullshido. And if they promise you can earn a black-belt in just a year or two when you’ve never trained in their given discipline before, it might be bullshido. A good place to learn will welcome your questions and the instructors will be willing to have honest and open discussions about what does and does not work as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the techniques being taught.