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Scott Park Phillips: Most Applications are Just Stage Combat

Scott Park Phillips of North Star Martial Arts:

I teach applications. Applications are all about capturing a feeling. A feeling of moving through space, of getting a hold, of clearing, catching, spinning, or tipping. The point of an application is to get a feeling, and then find that feeling again spontaneously in some kind of rough-housing game.

The chances of getting an application from a video are very small. Applications in a video are a type of stage combat designed to recruit students. If you can see it without slow-motion it is usually an illusion. And even if a video uses the slow-motion effect, you can’t feel it. And applications are all about feeling…

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WeaponsMan: When Force-on-Force Training Goes Wrong

From WeaponsMan:

If you’re not paranoid about a training gun that looks and feels like your service firearm, if you’re not constantly checking and double-checking, and if you’re not still observing the three most fundamental rules even when you know the training aid can’t possibly hurt anybody, well, then the difference between your situation and the much less enviable one in which Lee Coel finds himself is not dependent on anything but happenstance, chance, fortune… luck…

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h/t Grant Cunningham of the Personal Security Institute

Phil Wong: Reduced-Vision Shooters

Phil Wong of Gator Farm Tactical writes:

If my glasses get broken or knocked off in a fight, I’m down to 20/400+ vision (my optometrist wouldn’t get more specific than that, he just said that with optical prescriptions as strong as mine, it’s pretty much academic when you get higher than 20/400). Without my glasses, I can still distinguish shapes and colors out to 40-50 yards, but I cannot distinguish details like lettering or facial features past about 5-7 yards. Since my vision is correctable to better than 20/200, I’m not technically “legally blind” without my glasses, but it’s still pretty bad.

In November 2013, I shot the qualification course of fire for the Massad Ayoob Group MAG-40 class with my Glock 19, OEM Meprolight night sights, and non-prescription lenses in my shooting glasses, in front of about 25-30 students, staff instructors, and Massad F. Ayoob himself – just to see how I might be able to shoot under pressure without my corrective lenses. My final score was 297/300, which means that I had zero misses and only 3 shots outside of the A-zone of a standard IPSC cardboard target, over 60 shots fired at distances between 4 yards and 15 yards. I wasn’t nearly as fast as Mas and the other instructors, but I met the allotted time limits and still got the hits on target. Honestly, the hardest thing to do was to make sure I shot the right target – I had to consciously count targets from the end of the line before each string of fire, to distinguish between my target and a couple dozen other identical targets. As long as I don’t get attacked by a bad guy wearing the exact same clothes as an innocent bystander, I should be OK…

Bottom line – don’t assume that you know what someone else is or isn’t capable of, and don’t assume that you can or can’t do something until you try.


He also linked to an article called The Gun Debate, Why It Matters for the Blind by Greg Trapp at the National Federation for the Blind.

Walking the Walk

There’s a news story going around about a celebrity being spotted in a CCW class. The person in question made no announcements and didn’t open the door by mentioning it publicly. They are not one of the many who advocate for gun control while having either their own guns or armed security details that carry them on their behalf. There’s no legitimate contribution to the conversation by outing relevant hypocrisy, because it’s not happening in this case. Someone just spotted them in a class, snapped some pics, and sent them to a gossip tabloid.

Here’s the thing. If you’re against the names of CCW holders and applicants being published without their permission, maybe we shouldn’t be publishing the names of CCW holders or applicants without their permission. Let’s show some respect, walk the walk, and not share the story.

Julie Loeffler: Stop Dressing to Impress

Julie Loeffler of Mid-Ohio IMB:

Have you ever wondered how we, as instructors, come across to other people who aren’t steeped in the business of personal defense? I mean really, have you scrolled through your newsfeed and looked at how people want to be identified? Take about five minutes of your time (realizing that you’ll never get it back!) and check out profile pictures of people in the biz. After you stop rolling your eyes at all of the clichés, ask yourself who you think their target market is.

And ponder this for a moment: If new and curious people are looking on social media to find a personal defense class (armed or unarmed), what type of impression are they getting from all of these ludicrous photos? I don’t care how awesome you think you are, or how loudly you’re shouting that you want to teach the new shooters, if your first impression via social media looks like someone who just stepped off the movie set of either Apocalypse Now or Full Metal Jacket then you will get nowhere with that crowd. You don’t look knowledgeable, you look unapproachable and unrelatable…

Continue reading at The Trigger Press

This. A thousand times this. Go read the whole thing, it’s worth it.

Seth Godin on Foundations and Modeling

Seth Godin:

Hint: if you tell people something is important but fail to give them the tools and the support and the training that they need to do that important thing, you’ve just told them that it’s not actually important…

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Related article: No More Lip Service (verified instructors only) on integrating the things we talk about as being important to personal protection but show through our actions that they aren’t.

h/t Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training