It is hard to simulate full intensity in training because you need to follow safety protocols designed to prevent injuries. Using the best and most advanced protective gear can help you train better. Your training partner is critical to simulating intensity. It is ok to learn a technique without stress, but when you know the technique well enough, it’s time to train it under stress. Your training partner must adopt the role of a real “bad guy” and simulate his attack with enough speed, power, unpredictability, and resistance. Contrary to popular belief, your partner is not doing you any favors by attacking gently and letting you win easily. He needs to make the attack “dirty” in order for you to benefit from it. For example, when attacking you with a knife, he must simulate several thrusts at high speed and try to free his arm when you try to control it. When choking or grabbing, he must try to surprise you and apply real resistance to simulate real stress. When training two attackers against one, one attacker often waits for the other to finish his or her attack. When simulating reality, you cannot wait. You must put constant pressure on your training partner in order to challenge him correctly. Remember—in real life, you won’t be attacked by an old lady with osteoporosis. You will be attacked by a psychotic, blood thirsty beast in his prime. To make training efficient, you must attack with speed, surprise, intensity, and resistance.Read More
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
I am constantly seeing this phenomena with the EDC (every day carry) community. They will buy every accessory possible for their firearm but will not spend any money on training. It is as if their firearm will magically shoot better with a new trigger and sights. This is similar to buying workout videos to get in shape but never actually working out. Learn to use your firearm as is and then spend your money on items that will give you a slight tactical edge.Read More
The Tactical Athlete must be Strong, possess Explosive Power, maintain exceptional Mobility, and have All-Day Endurance. Creating a Strength and Conditioning program that reaches all of these goals gets a bit tricky, especially when you take into account the constant skills training that operators need to stay sharp in their specific fields. I like to meet these demands with Multiple Daily Workouts and make efficient use of our time by addressing at least a couple of these components during each workout.Read More
When first starting to train, the student focuses on basic technical skills; how to hold the pistol, how to throw a proper punch. Once the student reaches a competent technical level, he or she can start focusing on tactics. Essentially, putting together various techniques and learning to apply them properly to different situations. However, once the student reaches a high technical AND tactical level, they can shift their training and mindset to take a more broad-based conceptual approach.Read More
The thumbs forward grip is considered the modern day standard for handgun shooting. This grip is extremely important in developing good shooting habits. Although many people use it, many people also do not understand the reasoning behind it. In this short article I will explain the didactic reasoning behind it; when learning the how we must also understand the why!Read More
We have all seen those people at the gym wandering around between weights doing a set or two and moving to the next exercise. They never seem to improve or consistently show up. That mentality is also very common at the range, aimlessly shooting at a target without any thought behind what they are doing.
Knowing what you are doing is key; practicing for the sake of practice without guidance can form bad habits, create injuries, and hinder any type of improvement. So first and foremost seek professional training, learn good form, and safety (especially with firearms!).
In order to start the process we must first choose what we want to improve on. Once that topic is chosen we must perform focused and consistent practice on that topic. For example, I have decided to improve my speed on the concealed draw from appendix carry, so over the past two weeks all I had been doing is dry drawing each day (about 10 minutes) about 100 times. Take that over two weeks and that is 1,400 repetitions on one single movement! One of the lead shooting instructors mentions this in the video.
This deliberate practice helps us improve quicker without spending countless hours trying to improve 10 different things. For example, take a look at the Krav Maga classes I teach. Each class has only one subject that will be practiced during that hour. In that one hour the class will focus only on a punch instead of trying to combine a choke defense, a kick, and a pistol disarm into one session. This concentrated practice allows my students to perform hundreds of repetitions during that hour and internalize and improve on one technique. However, just because they are learning one subject does not mean that they are not practicing others. They are still practicing their fighting skills, their fitness, and their tactics but focusing on only one technique.
So how do we train less and improve more:
Receive professional training on the topic in order to know how to perform the movement/subject correctly and safely.
Practice that topic perfectly, deliberately, and with many repetitions.
- Build on known knowledge and work to the unknown.
Thank you for reading,
Owner | Chief Instructor
Spider-Man was once told, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Ok, maybe Spider-Man didn’t shoot a gun, but he certainly knew the power of having a firing weapon, and so should you.
Owning a gun is a serious responsibility. Gun ownership is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. No one can argue that. Of course “you have the right to bear arms,” but do you know when, where, and how that right can be exercised? Each state has a different set of laws when it comes to owning and using firearms. However, since Tactical Fitness Austin operated in the state of Texas, this post will focus on the laws and regulations associated with the Lone Star State.
Purchasing a Gun
Although Texas has a reputation of being a rough-and-tumble state where people can wield guns in the street, it’s not. In fact, Texas is governed by sensible gun laws where felons and the mentally unstable are banned from purchasing firearms, and anyone who is allowed to purchase one is required to undergo a federal background check.
Obtaining a License to Carry
Before you can keep your gun on your person in public, you must complete and pass a License to Carry (LTC) course that will be taken through a DPS certified instructor. Before you can receive your LTC though, you must submit your course documentation through the Texas Department of Public Safety. Submitting an application requires, fingerprinting, a one time $140.00 processing fee, and can take up to 60 days to be approved.
Using a Gun
If you are ever put in an extreme self-defense situation for yourself or another, you may be required to use your firearm in a public place, most of the time you will be using it at a range. Practicing at a gun range is great to keep you in practice, but it is also good way to learn new techniques and skills should you even need to fire your weapon in a real life situation.
What is the best way to become proficient and confident with using your firearm? Tactical firearms training.
Tactical training is training that is designed for people who need to coherently and effectively react to real life situations involving serious risk. When you focus on training yourself tactically, you will be able to better deal with dangerous situations that involve an overwhelming amount of stimuli or severe emotional response.
Learning how to appropriately react in a situation involving your gun could literally save your life. Here at Tactical Fitness Austin, we are dedicated to continually helping you hone and improve your firearm skills so that you are prepared in the event of an attack. We teach defensive tactics and maneuvers aimed at helping you resolve a self-defense situation. It is critical that, if you own a firearm, you continue your training. Nothing can prevent an encounter with someone who wants to do you harm, but you can ensure that you are trained and prepared to react with a set of skills that could mean the difference between life and death.
For complete info on firearms and licensing visit the DPS website: https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/index.htm
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