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The “Three S Test” of Solid Instructors

The “Three S Test” of Solid Instructors

When you consider taking training to enhance your skill set, the “Three S Test” will help you to determine if an instruction or instructor is worth your time and money. This test isn’t something I made up, it’s adopted here from a real master trainer, Dave Spaulding at “Handgun Combatives”. Kudos to him.

SENSE: Does it make sense to you? With the wealth of information out on the internet and pop up trainers everywhere in tactical gear you need to filter out a lot of crap to get to the good stuff. You’ve had life experiences as maybe a soldier, LE and even a salesman or desk clerk. It really doesn’t matter. Most of us have faced enough trouble and tragedy in our lives with stress. Use your head and experience critically to look at any new information and technique and decide if you can really make sense of it. If you can’t, ask them “why” they are teaching that. If they can’t clarify it to your satisfaction then a red flag should go up.

Use your head and experience critically to look at any new information and technique and decide if you can really make sense of it. If you can’t, ask them “why” they are teaching that. If they can’t clarify it to your satisfaction then a red flag should go up.

SIMPLE: I realize that as students learning to shoot you will not become “operators” or some such. You are husbands, wives, parents, grandparents, soccer coaches, volunteers, employees or business owners. You have many other things to do in life and therefore are not going to be able to commit so much time keeping your survival skills honed to a point.  Therefore if the skills you learn are to complex or difficult then you will not be able to perform them in a life threatening environment. Is what is being taught SIMPLE enough that you can retain and use it effectively even if not practiced but occasionally? This refers to the “economy of motion” that makes it easier to do something, not harder.

STREET: It the technique STREET proven? Has what is being taught ever been used in a high threat situation? Do you want to be the test bunny for someone’s new fangled technique? Bet not. There should be a “why” attached to every move that is taught that relates directly to results.

By asking yourself the Three S Test when getting instruction you can better determine if it’s something truly worth working into your time and effort. After all, there are kids to raise too.

See you at the range.

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