Tactical Tip Of The Week
I thought I would spend some time discussing the concept of “practice” with you in this “Tactical Tip”. Training time to practice the methods we are going to rely on for defensive purposes is at a premium. Trying to have time to practice competes with the many things that we all face in the course of our daily obligations. Work schedules, family duties, social obligations and, somewhere in between, getting enough sleep to keep up can make our training time to practice get compromised. Remember, your training time should include some measure of physical training, practicing unarmed combat, edged weapon methods (if you carry a knife for defensive purposes) and your firearms training.
So, how can we go about having time to practice with all the factors that can work against us? One solution (of course there can be others) is to first organize your training into major categories. Something like this:
Firearms Physical Training Unarmed Combat Edged Weapons
You pick the categories that you intend to use. Once you have that sorted out, list the various skills (or physical training routine you want) in each category. As an example:
- Drawing from concealment
- Reloading (using both hands / primary hand only / support hand only)
- Target engagement from a holstered position at 2,5 and 7 yards
This is a short and incomplete list but I think you see what I am doing. This is an important step because we have to have an idea about what we want to practice before we can figure out how we are going to get it all done.
Once we have the complete list in all categories, we have to determine how much time a day we have to devote to practice. List the days of the week and how much time you have in any given day to devote to practice. Something like this:
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
30 1 hr 30 0 1 hr 1 hr 0
You determine a REALISTIC amount of time you can schedule and what days you can practice based upon your particular situation. At this point we have listed the categories, the specific skills we want to practice in those categories and how much time we have on any given day to devote to practice.
The next step is to determine how YOU want to plug in the categories and the skills practiced in those categories into the days and times you have available for practice. There are many ways to approach this step in the process. Someone may want to devote the entire time in a day to one specific category. Other options are to combine particular categories into one day. This process is entirely up to you.
In essence, what you are developing is a “TRAINING SCHEDULE”. Why is this important? When we don’t have a plan or schedule, it is very easy to ether not practice or have a disorganized way to practice. It is easy to omit important elements from your practice because you haven’t organized what you need to practice. Also, your practice can become unbalanced and many times certain critical skills can be completely overlooked or not practiced enough because there isn’t a guideline to follow. People tend to practice the things they feel most comfortable with and don’t practice the skills they have the least ability to perform well.
The key to what I have explained is to create a training schedule that is workable. If you create something that can’t fit into your other life commitments, you will not be able to follow the schedule and you will be back to the beginning. As an example, in the real world, it may take you two weeks to go through a particular category and the elements you have listed in that category. NO PROBLEM!! This isn’t a race. The objective is to be better than you were when you began practicing the elements in the particular category. It beats not practicing or doing incomplete or inadequate practice to develop better skills.
You are the only one that knows what will work for you. Set up a training schedule that works for you.
A safety tip from Lou Chiodo