Over the past ten years I have taught Krav Maga in Israel, Europe, North America, and South America. In most of the countries that I teach, the practitioners (ordinary citizens) are not allowed by law to carry firearms let alone use them for self-defense. However, in all of the places I have taught around the world everyone trains pistol and rifle disarms.Read More
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Raise your hand if when you hear the word “tactical,” you imagine a big, beefy man names John dressed in khakis with a black polo shirt and dark sunglasses? If you raised your hand you’re not alone. Many people imagine tactical firearms training to be something that Navy Seals and secret agents participate in, but not your average Jo who just has his CHL. However, this idea is just a widely held misconception about the firearms training industry. Tactical training is designed for everyone.
What Is Tactical?
Tactical is a term that, when applied to the use of firearms, indicates an approach that incorporates maneuvers used in military or police strategic operations.
Although this sounds like an intimidating explanation, tactical usage of firearms is meant to be the exact opposite. Learning how to use your weapons tactically means that you are trained to assess and react effectively in high-stress situations. In fact, instead of fancy Men in Black moves, good tactical training will focus on simplicity and consistency.
Tactical training is meant to help you understand basic defense concepts and learn to anticipate situations. It should also reinforce training so that basic moves become a matter of muscle memory allowing you to be prepared to react in many situations and environments.
Tactical Firearm Instruction
The best way to learn to use your weapon properly is to be professionally trained. But how do you select the right training for yourself?
Below are some suggestions on what to look for in a course and an instructor in order to help you choose the right fit for your skillset, your wallet, and your comfort.
1. Read the course description. Did you understand it? Odds are if you had no idea what was being described, you probably won’t be any better off after you take the course. Remember, tactical training should emphasize simplicity.
2. Do not break the bank. Please don’t mortgage your homestead in order to be able to defend it.
3. Ask questions before you sign up. Good trainers are well informed and enjoy teaching. Therefore, they will be more than happy to answer your questions so that you know exactly what to expect.
4. Look at testimonials! If you can relate to what other students are saying and the benefits of the course are clearly expressed, there is a good chance that the course is for you.
5. Check for courses that offer holistic approaches. Specialized training is just that: specialized. Before you can practice mastery you need to develop basic skills.
6. Does the instructor make you nervous? Nervous people tend to make more mistakes and learn less. So look for an instructor that is confident and calm and that will make you feel safe and relaxed.
7. You are learning tactical training to preserve lives; that is stressful. Good instructors will alleviate the stress and strain by making their courses engaging and fun.
Remember though, even once you have found a class, mastery in defense training is not something that will occur overnight. Instead, it is something that is consistently practiced so that you are always on top of your game. So take your time, learn how to defend yourself tactically, and enjoy the journey.
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