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The Four Pillars of Individual Proficiency, Part Four

The Four Pillars of Individual Proficiency, Part Four.

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change less…train more

The good folks over at ITS Tactical posted up the following:

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Gun Fighting is a Skill That Requires More Training, Not More Information

Whenever people ask me how they can shoot like a Navy SEAL, I always say the same thing: dry fire, lots and LOTS of dry fire. I never mention any particular technique or any of the well known fundamentals of marksmanship. Nope, what you need to do is train. Sure there are plenty of great little tricks out there and I’m always trying to acquire new tools for my toolbox (actually, not to brag but I’ve got more of a tool shed than a box), but no matter what skill or technique I’m working on, I’m working.

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I agree with the authors premise. At some point in a persons technical/tactical development they should start to be less concerned with searching for the latest techniques/gear/etc and focus on practicing what they have already been taught.

Todays information age almost makes it too easy to find books, videos, youtube, websites and blogs offering all sorts of ideas, techniques and products for you to pick up. The problem is many people spend more time LOOKING for the latest trend than they do actually DOING something.

The person shooting at paper on a static range is better off than the “internet SEAL” who likes to discuss force on force training but hardly ever pulls a trigger IMO. The person in the gym doing “ineffective” training is at least getting some training. The person debating the benefits of Crossfit over P90X who never gets off the couch would be better off just knocking out some push-ups and going out for a walk.

What have you actually DONE today?

mixing conditioning with technique training

My buddy Paul over at Tactical Arnis has put together a little video showing how you can mix in body-weight exercises and resistance bands into your martial arts training to add in a little touch of that “gassed factor” quicker than having to do actual 5 minute rounds.

I did a post on mixing in burpees a while back for some additional information on the idea.

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more fitness with firearms

My previous post “helen get your gun” spoke about the possibilities of mixing CrossFit style workouts with firearms. I recently received a comment on that thread from Aaron over at Gator Crossfit. They have been doing this sort of training too and have been putting up some video:

I think it’s a concept with a lot of merit. The difficulty is in setting up your own range or finding ranges that will allow this sort of access to their property.

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helen get your gun

An interesting twist on exercise. Add guns!

If done safely and in the proper dosage I can see great advantage to a blend like this. Firearms accuracy and manipulation while under controlled, exercise induced fatigue could be an effective method of stress inoculation in advance of the “real thing”. I would tend towards looking for exercises that closely mimic actual combative motions vs kettlebell swings and push presses though. Sprints, burpees…perhaps some focus mitt/combative drills with a partner could mimic a foot chase, grappling and fighting with an opponent. Blend that with a safely designed and monitored firearms stage and you have some interesting possibilities.

 

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warrior fitness

Thanks to Warrior Depot for this vid:

If you are going to watch any of this video, watch the one leg “box jump” this guy does. I do a little plyometric work myself and let me tell you I don’t know if I will ever be able to do THAT! This dude is a machine. Special Op’s will do that to you I guess.

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one of those things that looks easier than it is

Before I became a Cop I used to watch the television show “Cops” and wonder why so many police officers were out of shape. I mean that guy who they were chasing jumped that fence like it wasn’t there and that cop could hardly make it over.

Well a few months after getting out of FTO my partner and I located a stolen car parked in a local housing complex and the chase was on! After sprinting 100 yds and  jumping two 6′ chainlinks I was bleeding all over and my legs were like rubber. After we caught these two guys I learned a few things.

The tops of most chainlink fences have sharp pieces of fence sticking up over the top-bar. I slashed both palms pretty good (no gloves) and sliced the back of a leg when going over. Left scars you will find on a lot of cops.

Second… running in boots, vest and duty gear is entirely different from “jogging”. The energy systems in your body that are tapped for sprinting and running with weight on you are different from the one that lets you run a 5K. I highly recommend training systems like Crossfit that emphasize stamina, power and sustained work output. By the time I caught up with my guy I was simply jogging and keeping him in sight. Fortunately my “wind” was better than his and he couldn’t keep up the pace. Luckily he decided not to fight because I pretty much just fell on the guy and got cuffs on him. My fitness goals changed immediately.

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what is success?

Image of American philosopher/poet Ralph Waldo...
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To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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