Wednesday, June 27, 2018

MDTS Practical Pistol 1 and Practical Shotgun 1 6.23- 24 2018

This past weekend I made the trip up to Wisconsin to see my friends at Resilience Development. They were hosting Chris Fry of MDTS and Shivworks  Collective for his Practical Pistol 1 and Practical Shotgun 1. I had taken Chris's Practical Small Knife 1 and 2 earlier in the year and found him to be a very good instructor. Knowledgeable and personable.

My goals for the pistol class were to get outside my comfort zone and see some new instructional methods. Mission accomplished.

Here is a synopsis of the class

Mindset and Mechanics
Use of Force Overview
Fundamentals of Marksmanship
Gun Handling
Precision shooting drills
Strong and weak side manipulation
Concealed Carry presentation
Proactive movement and assessment

I won't go into detail but I did find some gaps to shore up and some things I can use in my own instruction.

Primarily though the weekend was about the shotgun. I have limited to no defensive shotgun training and was looking forward to this class.

These are the subjects taught in class

Ammunition and Selection
Modifications and options
Ready conditions
Stance,Mount and Grip
Recoil Mitigation
Fundamentals of Marksmanship
Preparatory Gun Handling
Proactive Movement
Emergency and Tactical Loading
Slug Select Drill
Fundamental use of Cover and Concealment

Despite it being hot and humid, I got out of the course what I wanted and feel much more proficient with a shotgun in a defensive context.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Precision Rifle Class 5.24.18

Traveled to the wilds of Wisconsin to spend the day shooting .22LR in a precision context. Tested the limits and capabilities of my equipment and the round.  Haven't worked with Target Ranging or milling things to estimate size and distance for many years. Was a fun day.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Am I a Martial Artist?

I was coming back from BJJ the other day and started day dreaming on the drive. I started thinking about martial arts in general and what it meant to be a martial artist. I have never considered myself a martial artist and frankly it has some negative connotations for me ie.. Master Ken and the McDojo scene.

If we look at the definition of martial artist as some one who practices martial arts and if we further define martial arts as various sports or skills that are forms of defense or attack then I have been a martial artist my entire life.

My first venture into martial arts was folkstyle wrestling starting in junior high. Wrestling or grappling type sports are some of the oldest martial arts. To this day wrestling is one of my favorite sports and the techniques I learned in practice, the hardships endured and mental toughness built have been a positive force on my life well after I finished my high school wrestling career.

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Moving on to a 22 year military career it goes without saying I practiced many forms of martial techniques. Firearms,hand to hand combat training,parachuting,winter operations,patrolling survival. All these things contributed to my offensive or defensive skill set.

 It has been after the military where I have ventured into traditional martial arts. Since leaving the military I have striven to be a better individual defender of  myself  and my family. I aspire to be as good an individual defender as I was a team defender during my military service. I have trained firearms and knife defense, grappling, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have trained on entangled fighting with weapons and spree killer defense. I will continue to improve my skill set in the hopes that I never have to use it. If that makes me a martial artist I suppose I am.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

El Rancho Teacher and Councilman Calls Military Dumbshits-2

I originally was going to ignore this as just another example of internet idiocy. But then I thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight the continued cultural divide between the current military and the general public.

I believe this gentleman may have a different opinion if he actual interacted with and knew more military members. I am just guessing he has no contact with any current or former members on a personal level. His comments are an example of what we get when .045% of our population decides to serve.

I am against a draft. However the widening divide between civilians in military are a result of lack of common ground. Lack of common experience. Organizations like Team RWB and Team Rubicon are making great strides in connecting the community with veterans through physical and social activity.

I am a free speech advocate however it doesn't mean I don't think he shouldn't be fired for misusing his position. Teachers should be politically neutral. Free speech allows you to say what you want but you should be ready to deal with the consequences.

Finally my 4 college degrees including a Masters disagree with your comments sir.