It's that time again…
The “training season” is upon us and I hope you have a clear plan for increasing your personal defense skills for this year.
Today I was thinking about how to start off this year’s comms (that’s “communications” for the simple people). I’ve come to the decision that I should start from the beginning.
As an instructor, I want to encourage you to get out and do some live training. But, I also understand that you have limited time, money, and resources to allocate towards live training.
In future comms I will be writing about various training concepts, recommending books/DVDs, and online training; so you can fill the gaps. I will also be sharing information provided by other instructors in the industry I respect and feel their ideas will bring you value.
The 10X Defense team will be on the range teaching this year, and I hope you are available to join us. Right now we have our first course scheduled for March 25, 2016, at Angeles Shooting Range for a Fundamentals of Home Defense Handguns Course.
I’ve been invited to teach in Iowa this June with my dear friend Alessandro Padovani (Safer Faster Defense), for an Extreme Close Quarters Tactics Course. If you can make it out, the course is going to be EPIC!
Ok before I go, I’d like to leave you with a quick lesson…
I believe how we define words and phrases are important. You may have heard me or my staff use the word “Ambush.” The word ambush is more of a general term for a surprise attack. But, I want you to have a clear understanding of the phrase, “Dynamic Critical Incident.”
The Dynamic Critical Incident is at the core of every course I teach. In fact, it’s what separates what we teach at 10X Defense versus other training companies or instructors (except for other instructors certified by I.C.E. Training Company).
The term “Dynamic Critical Incident,” is a term I learned from Rob Pincus (I.C.E. Training Company). The definition is, “A Surprising, Chaotic, and Threatening Situation.” We can further break the definition down to be: “A situation where you did not know it was going to happen (Surprise). You don’t know what is going to happen next (Chaotic). There is a credible threat which requires the proper response (e.g., lethal force) to be stopped (Threatening).
What’s important to you is the Dynamic Critical Incident requires a set of skills not typically seen in most sterile training environments.
I want you to think about what skills you would employ to get a perfect score on a marksmanship test.
- Getting in the perfect stance
- Have the perfect two-handed grip
- Acquire the perfect sight alignment and sight picture
- Smooth trigger press
- Good follow thru
Now imagine this…
You are leaving work after a long day, walking to your vehicle. Your spouse has called you and asked you to stop by the store to pick-up a few items. As you put the phone in your pocket, your mind is going over the list of things you have to pick up from the store. Without warning, you are pushed up against your vehicle so hard the wind is “knocked out” of you. When you turn around, you see your attacker about two arms reach away from you with a weapon…
You are now in a dynamic critical incident. You didn’t know this situation was going to happen; You don’t know what is going to happen next. You're facing a credible threat where lethal force may be necessary.
It is this situation that we train for, the worst case scenario.
Skills necessary for dealing with a dynamic critical incident are a bit more complex in comparison to the skills we discussed for the getting the perfect marksmanship score.
This is just one example, but I hope it helps you to understand why we use the term Dynamic Critical Incident. Throughout the year we will be referring back to the importance of understanding the skills necessary for dealing with a Dynamic Critical Incident.
Okay that’s it for now…
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