As I plan for classes for the new year I am going to do a revamp of how classes are taught. Using Level I and II are to vague and general, thus not that well understood. To help clarify and add diversity to what is offered I am going to be switching to classes by subject matter. There are so many areas to focus on in preparing and training for a fight or combat event it needs to be better broken down. This is the line up of topics I am planning in rotation.
Classes will still be taught generally on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. The material taught will be changed and rotated so students can concentrate on a more narrow focus for each class to help better anchor the concepts before leaving class. Full anchoring can’t happen without putting it into ongoing practice but that is on you the student not me. Unfortunately the average student is “one and done”, never to practice or hone the skills again. Such a waste but nothing I can do about that. Training is not a theme park set of rides to visit and play with guns. It’s about saving lives and knowing how to handle a deadly weapon.
While I’m still working out the details, here is the general line up to plan for:
- Introduction to Combative Handgun – Essential Skills Training: 1st Saturdays only in the mornings, 8am.
- I do not really just teach you how to shoot. I teach you how to fight and prevail. They call it a gun fight for a reason. It can be that. To win you need some basic skills, essential skills that you can hone.
- This class is designed for new or newer shooters, or even those who have been shooting for awhile and have taken no formal handgun training.
- You will learn the basics of how the gun works, how to hold it properly, grip it correctly, sight alignment, trigger work and working from a ready position that can be used on any range.
- These essentials will form a foundation to work from in order to advance toward additional skills. Unless you have this part down you will not be ready for other classes.
- Holster and Movement Class: 1st Saturdays only in the PM, 12-4.
- Drawing from a holster, be it appendix or side draw. There are advantages to both. How to do it smoothly and efficiently within what I call the arc of readiness.
- You will learn how to pull the gun out smoothly and quickly with efficiency and quickly get on target.
- Drawing while standing still should rarely be done except on the range. How do you draw while on the move, plant your feed and come to target? Move left and right and bouncing back and forth.
- One Handed Shooting and Malfunction Training: Rotating 3rd Saturdays
- One handed shooting is a bit more difficult and rarely practiced enough. You will learn methods for strong and support hand only shooting. We’ll will work on ways to do it according to your individual experimentation. One method does not fit all.
- Fixing a malfunction can be challenging when you can only use one hand. One arm or hand may be wounded, holding a child, bags or purse. How do you clear a malfunction or change a magazine with the use of only one hand? You will work through the scenarios to get it right.
- Movement and Adaptive Shooting Positions: Rotating 3rd Saturdays
- Gun fights are not what you want them to be, they are what they are. You may end up on the ground. You may have to shoot under a car or other awkward positions. You will learn to shoot from laying on your back, kneeling, siting, on your side, left and right, all while hitting the target and not shooting yourself in the process (big feature).
- Movement should be explosive and purposeful. Drawing a pistol should rarely be done standing still. Make yourself a harder target. Purposeful powerful movement can be a game changer.
- Concealed Carry and Working from Concealment: Rotating 3rd Saturdays
- Concentrating on types of concealment under garments. Open front, draped clothing, choices for carry locations with concealment and rapid deployment are all reviewed and experimented with. You will need to bring a variety of outer garments to practice with from an open jacket/shirt to a polo or buttoned shirt.
- Working from concealment in ways to not overly expose yourself to being shot. Making it so you are barely seen can be a huge advantage in that type of situation.
- Introduction to Competitive Shooting: By Appointment
- There are two main types of Competitive Shooting contests all over the US and Texas. USPSA and IDPA are the main disciplines. Do you want an introduction into the rules, scoring and techniques for shooting them?
- This is for beginners in the sport only. It will cover the basics you need to know before launching. If you make a mistake at a match you can quickly get a DQ (Disqualified and benched) for safety violations if you don’t know or remember what they are. My last match had a new shooter that never got 1 shot off before he was DQ’d for a safety violation. It’s embarrassing but a hard lesson.
This is the beginning of the new lineup and I’m excited to make the classes less general and more specific to the various skill sets you can encounter in a fight. I’ll begin scheduling the class and descriptions over the next few weeks in November. Stay tuned.