Basics. They can be boring to teach and tedious to practice. But, the basics have to be mastered and practiced to enhance your odds in a tough situation. If you think of your training as a pyramid, the basics are the foundation for the skill set. Without strong basics, the structure will collapse under pressure.
Take handgun skills. The basics include trigger control, sight alignment, drawing and safe handling. More advanced skills would include shooting with your non-dominant hand, low light shooting and weapons transition drills. At the very top of the pyramid would be the typical Bruce Willis movie: taping a 92F to your back, jumping off of buildings while firing your MP5 and killing multiple terrorists with one shot. The fact is you can never become proficient in advanced skills if your fundamental skills are lacking. [Read more…]