“The Mingle” 2019: Our Sponsors by Shelley Hill (Part 3)

Since this is Part 3 of “The Mingle” 2019 BLOGS you probably already know what “The Mingle” is all about but what the heck, you may have just tuned in soooo…..

“The Mingle” is a weekend event held in North Metro Atlanta in May of each year. With the help of sponsors we lend a hand in helping women in the firearms industry gain knowledge through continuing education and meet MORE ladies in the biz.  What a fantastic opportunity to be able to “pick the brains” of the ones that paved the path before us and meet ladies who offer NEW ideas. The Complete Combatant offers a place for women to meet “like-minded” ladies and build relationships to support business, networking to expand contacts and to explore our own personal growth in business, tactics, self-defense, marksmanship, professions & MORE! These special ladies are all patriots that will influence, support, and fight for self-defense rights.

I know it may be a bit odd to dedicate a whole BLOG to our 2019 event sponsors but we would not have such a successful event without them. This page is dedicated to all of the wonderful individuals and companies that sponsor us and think “The Mingle” is a unique and worthwhile event. WE THANK YOU!

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John Correia of Active Self Protection, Erin and Bill Dermody of HK

I would like to start off with thanking Heckler & Koch. HK is our offical “Day 2 On the Range” sponsor. I first met HK’s Director of Marketing, Bill Dermody and his daughter, Erin at The Complete Combatant in July of 2018. They were both students in John Correia’s (Active Self Protection) 3 hour seminar called Lesson’s Learned from Watching 12,000 Gunfights and also students in our 2 day Force Readiness course. John said we would love Bill and he was right! We instantly hit it off! Bill DOES THE WORK! He loves to train in several forms of self defense….with and without a gun. He is down to earth, has a great sense of humor and is very generous with his time and professional support. Bill not only said “they are proud to support The Mingle” but he also invited is PR Manager, Angela Harrell to join us for the weekend. On Saturday, Angela will enjoy our guest speaker Lee Weems of First Person Safety, networking, food, wine, door prizes and SWAG bags. On Sunday, Angela will bring special HK loot to our 24 shooters, bags of ammo and have a VP9 and a VP9SK available for everyone to sample BEFORE we even start our official training day. Angela will be hanging out and making sure that all who want to train with a VP9 or VP9SK that day have the chance but don’t think for one second that she is going to just sit back and let everyone else have all the fun!! She will be watching Brian Hill (The Complete Combatant) and Claude Werner’s (The Tactical Professor) 2 hour blocks very closely and training with Lynn Givens (Rangemaster) in her 2 hour block as Angela is a “forever student” as well. At the end of the day one lucky lady will win a VP9 or a VP9SK! Thank you HK, Bill and Angela for all you do for us! 

The Mingle offers several different sponsorship levels but honestly, I think that our sponsors donate because they believe in networking and continuing education. The TAGS, shout outs, thank yous and mentions are all a plus but they are happy to be a part of a growing community of ladies that are training for fun, for self defense, for hunting, for competition, etc.

Below are all the good people that we are partnered with for “The Mingle” 2019! WE ARE HUMBLED to say the least! And do you know what the best part is? The sponsors listed here are only “to date”. If this year is anything like the last two years then we will have a few more people/companies jump on the bandwagon!  We are ALWAYS in need of monetary, door prize and SWAG bag sponsors….INTERESTED?? Get with me!

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The Complete Combatant                                                                                                       Heckler & Koch
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Polite Society Podcast                                         Rangemaster                                                  GLOCK
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KnifeKits/HolsterSmith                                                       Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, Inc.
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Tru-Spec                                                    PHLster                                   Active Self Protection

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The Complete Combatant     HK     Polite Society Podcast     Gun Freedom Radio     Fusion MMA Silly Billy Goat Farm     The Pew Pew Jew     Liz Lazarus     Jenni BrownField of Mary Kay     Hiding Hilda     Tru-Spec     KSGA Armory     PHLster     Eye on the Target Radio     Cyndee’s     Rangemaster     USCCA        Mary Yungeberg     Incognito Wear IX     The Civilian Defender     RECOIL     Sabre Red     TUFF     Georgia Gun Club   A Girl and a Gun

Please make note that this event, and our Nationwide Training Giveaway, is an equal opportunity cause. What the means to us is that if you and/or your company is a 2nd Amendment supporter, want to help ladies build knowledge and support Racheal’s Rest in helping survivors of sexual abuse and/or acts of violence then we are VERY HAPPY to partner with you for our annual event. A sponsorship for this event is all about different, same, diverse, competitors, friends, local and non-local companies that are coming together to support our 2 causes. Our door prizes and SWAG bags may have items that gives ladies options. What might be good for some, is not good for others. The Complete Combatant is hosting this event so ladies in the firearms industry have opportunities and choices. We hope to have “all walks of life” come together to support The Mingle and our featured charity.

0009302_recoil-magazineThere is one more thing that I would like to address before I go….our MEDIA coverage! This years featured MEDIA is RECOIL! We are super excited to have Candice, an editor, who will be attending BOTH days. Candice will be training in Brian’s 2 hour block on Sunday and plans to interview, experience, train and enjoy “The Mingle” and all it has to offer.

Our pre & post event blogs, articles, interviews and mentions come from a wide array of sources. Please check them out as we are very proud to be noticed by such pillars in the community.

Check out Part 1: The Mingle 2019, Part 2: The Nationwide Training Giveaway and stay tuned for Part 4: Our Guest Speaker and Instructors.

“The Mingle” 2019: The Nationwide Training Giveaway by Shelley Hill (Part 2)

VP Poster2019“The Mingle” is a weekend event held in North Metro Atlanta in May of each year. With the help of sponsors we lend a hand in helping women in the firearms industry gain knowledge through continuing education and meet MORE ladies in the biz.  What a fantastic opportunity to be able to “pick the brains” of the ones that paved the path before us and meet ladies who offer NEW ideas. The Complete Combatant offers a place for women to meet “like-minded” ladies and build relationships to support business, networking to expand contacts and to explore our own personal growth in business, tactics, self-defense, marksmanship, professions & MORE! These special ladies are all patriots that will influence, support, and fight for self-defense rights.

Brian and I not only wanted to offer a weekend of “knowledge and networking” to our guests but we also wanted to introduce our self-defense community to Racheal’s Rest and through the help of smart friends the Nationwide Training Giveaway was born!

I am one of the founders and Marketing Manager of Racheal’s Rest, and Brian Hill is a past Board Member. Racheal’s Rest is a nonprofit organization that offers private counseling, workshops and five-day restorative retreat programs designed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors. They exist to help women and children who experienced sexual abuse or acts of violence regain their balance in life.

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In 2018 we reached out to friends and top trainers in the firearms/self-defense industry and asked if they would donate a “spot” in their classes for us to raffle off for the SOLE purpose of proceeds benefiting the next years “Mingle” and Racheal’s Rest. Guess what, EVERYONE jumped at the chance to support both The Mingle and Racheal’s Rest.

We raised just under $6000 last year so OBVIOUSLY we are doing it again during The Mingle 2019!!!! This year’s Nationwide Training Giveaway’s tickets go on sale March 1st, 2019 at 9am.

  • We are selling GIVEAWAY tickets at $25 EACH TICKET with the exception of Massad Ayoob Group’s MAG-40 and Lone Star Medics which are $50 EACH TICKET
  • This raffle is licensed and approved by Cobb County (hard copy on file at your request)
  • You may buy multiple tickets for multiple classes and only pay one time. Via email, you will receive a confirmation of your purchases to keep for your records.
  • The winner will most likely receive a COPY of their Gift Certificate via email or Facebook messenger. I will let you know IF ANYTHING DIFFERS
  • The winner will need to present the Gift Certificate (copy is fine) and contact the trainer DIRECT to redeem their class
  • The winner may choose to train at ANY LOCATION that the class is offered across the US (a few acceptations apply so read the course description)
  • If you win a class, that is taught at the sponsor’s location, then there is no additional charge
  • If you win a class, and choose to attend a location that is being HOSTED, there may be a small “out-of-pocket” fee to be paid to the host
  • Gift Certificates are ONLY valid with the courses that each trainer teaches and has personally donated. The Gift Certificates cannot be used for classes taught by any guest instructors or multiple instructors WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE TRAINER THAT DONATED THE ITEM
  • There is NO ticket purchase limit so GO FOR IT!
  • The winners will be drawn by Shelley Hill on May 17th, 2019
  • You DO NOT have to be present to win
  • We will make a VIDEO of drawing some of the winners and post on The Complete Combatant’s YouTube channel
  • WINNERS will be notified BY May 21st, 2019 via email or Facebook
  • Each trainer has their own set of rules and restrictions that will apply
  • I will announce winners on social media but will not give winner’s full name….just a CONGRATS POST!
  • Each trainer has an EXPIRATION DATE option. You will see this in their class description. IF THERE IS NOTHING LISTED then assume the winner’s attendance opportunity expires on May 18th, 2020 (1 year). That means you MUST use it or lose it!
  • TRANSFERABLE: You MAY give the winning Gift Certificate as a gift to someone else but all rules still apply.

The Complete Combatant would like to THANK the instructors and professionals that  donated an item for us to raffle off in 2018 and again in 2019 !

First Person Safety     Dodd & Associates

Rangemaster’s Tac Con     KR Training

Agile Training & Consulting     Lone Star Medics

Modern Samurai Project    Fusion MMA

The Complete Combatant     Active Self Protection

Point Driven Training     William Aprill     Beth Alcazar

Massad Ayoob Group     Citizens Safety Academy

Sharp Defense     Hirt’s Training Solutions

Armed Legal Citizens’ Defense Network    Immediate Action Combatives

Keepers Concealment     TDR Training      Civilian Defender

The TOP Giveaway ticket seller will receive this awesome BRAGGING RIGHTS! award! The winner can display it proudly for roughly 12 months, until the end of the next year’s giveaway. If they are the TOP raffle ticket seller again, then they get to keep it for another year. If they are NOT the TOP giveaway ticket seller again, then they are in charge of mailing it immediately to the NEW winner with a personal letter admitting defeat, the better person won, they must relinquish the coveted BRAGGING RIGHTS! award to the more successful professional and of course CONGRATULATIONS are in order!! HEEEE!

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That means in order to support your favorite instructor you need to buy tickets and spread the word so they sell the most tickets! If they win, they will have earned the BRAGGING RIGHTS! award and can sleep with it each night on their bed stand from May 2019-May 2020!

2018 Nationwide Training Online Raffle Announcements: CLICK HERE for Instructor Bragging Rights WINNER and Giveaway WINNERS!

And the Bragging Rights! 2018 WINNER is (CLICK HERE)….Rangemaster Tac Con 2019! Here is Lynn filming Tom opening up his BRAGGING RIGHTS award. THANK YOU Rangemaster!

I am so happy to announce that Tom and Lynn have given an extra special gift…a FREE Tac Con 2020 ticket! If you are a Tac Con 2019 participant and you BUY the MOST Nationwide Training Giveaway tickets while at Tac Con then YOU WILL WIN a FREE spot at Tac Con 2020!

Special THANK YOU to all of you “movers and shakers” for the fantastic media coverage throughout the years. I believe RECOIL is attending this year’s “The Mingle”. If anyone would like to cover The Mingle or the Nationwide Training Giveaway via BLOG, article, podcast, radio, etc. it would be greatly appreciated. This years guests are Lee Weems of First Person Safety, Lynn Givens of Rangemaster, Claude Werner The Tactical Professor and Brian Hill of The Complete Combatant. Each trainer will be happy to do an interview with ya. The more people who know about this annual event, the more people training!

See Part 1: The Mingle 2019. Stay tuned for Part 3: About Our Sponsors and Part 4: Our Guest Speaker and Instructors.

“The Mingle” 2019 by Shelley Hill (Part 1)

“The first thing I would like to do is THANK a friend, Cheryl Todd of Gun Freedom Radio for inviting me to SHOT SHOW‘s 2nd Annual Women’s Meet & Mingle in 2017! This left a favorable impression on me. On the flight home that year Brian and I started brainstorming and BAM, The Complete Combatant’s first “Mingle” was held in North Metro Atlanta in May 2017!

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With the help of sponsors we lend a hand in helping women in the firearms industry gain knowledge through continuing education and meet MORE ladies in the biz.  What a fantastic opportunity to be able to “pick the brains” of the ones that paved the path before us and meet ladies who offer NEW ideas. The Complete Combatant offers a place for women to meet “like-minded” ladies and build relationships to support business, networking to expand contacts and to explore our own personal growth in business, tactics, self-defense, marksmanship, professions & MORE! These special ladies are all patriots that will influence, support, and fight for self-defense rights!

I am happy to say that on May 18th & 19th, 2019 we will be hosting our 3rd annual SPONSORED “The Mingle” 2019 for ladies in the firearms industry. We invite ladies (local or otherwise) that work in the firearms industry, biz owners (managers and team members), club presidents and board members, professional shooters, shooting instructors, ladies of influence in all aspects of the self defense/martial arts, and in the biz professionals that are 2nd Amendment political supporters.  Please make note that “ladies of influence in all aspects of the self defense” has a very large range…IDPA? USPSA? GADPA? NRA? GCO? OTHER WAYS YOU SUPPORT? LET ME KNOW!

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This year is the most AWESOME year so far because we have grown from a 1 day gathering to a weekend event!

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 12-4pm Day 1:

Sunday, May 19th, 2019 9-6pm Day 2:

  • Located in Dahlonega, GA on our range (private property)
  • $150 per person – firearms instructors and experienced shooters only (experienced shooters = embraces the 4 lifestyle safety rules, has taken a professional live fire class and is familiar with expectations on the line). 
  • 24 student limit
  • This day on the range is sponsored by HK USA and that means GIFTS and GIVEAWAYS…like ammo, SWAG and a VP9 or VP9sk!
  • We have three 2 hour blocks of instruction from three different TOP NOTCH  instructors!

Brian Hill of The Complete Combatant – Developing the Concealed Draw:
Being able to present the pistol in personal protection is the crucial skill for the armed citizen. Developing a repeatable, efficient, and accurate draw stroke will be the focus of this block of instruction. How distance and target size change the arc of readiness during a self defense encounter. A holster will be required in class as a portion of this block will be dry practice and the rest will be drawing from the holster.

Lynn Givens of RangemasterTriggers & Timing:
The objective will be to learn how to use proper timing, as part of trigger control, in order to get good, solid hits in a timely manner. Only hits to a fairly small portion of the human torso will reliably result in rapid incapacitation. This fact, coupled with the fact that stress will increase the size of your shot group, means that we need to learn to hit a fairly small area without the luxury of extended time frames. To accomplish this, we will work on several drills designed to help you find the balance between hurrying up and getting good hits, which is mostly a matter of proper trigger manipulation. A holster will be required to secure the pistol during the class but in order to concentrate on triggers and timing, all firing will be done from The Ready.

Claude Werner aka The Tactical ProfessorClose Range Precision Marksmanship:
The requirement to deliver an accurate shot on a small target at conversational distance occurs regularly in Personal Protection incidents. This class will equip clients with the requisite skills and practice tasks that will allow them to feel confidence in their abilities to perform at the level required for such an incident. A holster will be required to secure the pistol during the class but the class will not require drawing from the holster.

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We are getting close to full but if YOU are a lady in the firearms industry and would like to attend this event then all you have to do is REQUEST AN INVITE. I will receive it, confirm your position/participation in the community and send you an Eventbrite invite with password to register.

ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE! We need loot for our ladies SWAG bags. This is a fun way to help! SWAG can be anything that is cool, new, needed or fun! There is no way to estimate how many guests we will have but our May 2018 event was MAXED OUT at 65 ladies so for our May 2019 event we are asking for 75 items from each donator.  Sponsorship Opportunities – DEADLINE IS APRIL 1ST, 2019

Special THANK YOU to all of you “movers and shakers” for the fantastic media coverage throughout the years. I believe RECOIL is attending this year! EXCITED! 

Stay tuned for Part 2: The Nationwide Training GIVEAWAY, Part 3: About Our Sponsors and Part 4: Our Guest Speaker and Instructors

 

Old dogs CAN learn new ways…..

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I believe that old dogs CAN learn new ways. As a shooter you have two choices, accept the need to improve, or make rationalizations or excuses. I have always had a great desire to explore the edge of human performance, to know what is possible, and how to get there.

I recently journeyed to Biloxi, Mississippi to receive training from Steve Anderson, USPSA Grand master, author, and coach. I have been using his material for the last 6 months, also listening to his podcast, which helped me to win my first IDPA match overall, and in addition to place consistently in the top 5 pistol shooters at our local match. The material works, so time to get it directly from the source.

One of my coaches had the unique ability to pick up information very quickly. When I asked him how he did it, his reply was “I look for the commonalities in the movement, instead of the differences.” This insight has allowed me to develop skills rapidly in many diverse areas, and with this mindset I jumped into a competition class.

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Competitive shooting and personal protection have many things in common. Gun handling, marksmanship, efficiency of movement, and performance under pressure. True, there are some differences in equipment, intent, and measured success,but overall shooting is shooting. I compete to improve my own abilities, however my primary focus is personal protection.

Matches provide the opportunity to compete with some exceptional shooters, and I would like to be able to perform at their level. One of the great things about competitive shooters is they measure and track everything they do during a match. Draw, transitions, reloads, movement, and classifiers are known times for the greatest in the world all the way down to beginners.

Steve Anderson uses this information to know exactly how much performance he can get from each shooter using this data driven approach. He is exceptionally good at pushing the last bit of speed, accuracy, and/or performance out of each person according to their current level of skill. Sometimes during class, individual shooters performed a drill a dozen times, until their true level of skill manifest itself. We trained in three modes of training, accuracy, speed, and match mode to develop a deep understanding of what was required in each mode in isolation.

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Dry fire drills from his book Repetition and Refinement (1-12) were explained, practiced, and coached eliminating excess movement and enhancing reaction and execution speed. Twice a day I have been dry practicing these drills, and I noticed a difference in my ability to perform these drills compared the group. The technique taught during the (accuracy) shooting groups was a fundamentally different approach that yielded extraordinary results for all the shooters present.

Speed mode is my weakest area, but with Steve’s coaching approach I was able to shoot times that I would have thought unattainable for me. During one drill, we drew to steel at 10 yards and transitioned to another steel target at roughly 10 yards to the right. Steve’s methods allowed me to perform this in 1.1 seconds with solid hits. I was struggling before this to get a 1 second draw on a single target.

The years of competition and fighting have left me with a fairly solid match (performance) mode, however Steve develops a methodology to enter this state which useful for matches, classifiers, qualifications, or self-defense. He is one of those coaches that can see what is possible for you, and will push, cajole, or drive you until you get it, if you let his system work.

If you are tactical shooter that is intermediate level and above, (IDPA Sharpshooter, USPSA C class, 80% on the FBI or Rangemaster qualification, etc) this class will help you explore the edges of human performance, furthermore developing a systematic practice and process to improve your shooting.

Having a fast and efficient draw allows more time to decide and aim, being able to shoot on the move makes your fundamentals rock solid. Learning how to train in all 3 modes allows you to achieve a higher level skill. Buy the books, listen to the podcast (That Shooting Show) or most importantly, take a class from Steve Anderson.

Freedom seeds

Sometimes I jokingly refer to shooting bullets as planting freedom seeds, but how do we plant the seeds of freedom? Maybe it can be through offering beginner level shooters THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON….THEIR FIRST.

I designed The Complete Combatant’s live fire classes to “build upon” each other starting with Pistol Essentials and then moving onto Beyond Pistol Essentials for the intermediate to advanced level shooters.

47296390_396609047748072_7530956468971896832_nDecades of professional teaching can make it is easy to lose the connection to how a beginner thinks and feels and teaching our newest class called Entry Level Pistol Essentials was a unique change of pace. Taking a group of inexperienced shooters through terminology, safety, medical, and fundamentals for their first time was a gratifying, and enlightening experience.

47325043_1977957022291959_4376841076447641600_nIt is quite easy to forget how nervous you feel as a beginner before you shoot, the mystifying terminology that is the language of firearms, and the demanding nature of marksmanship. Shelley and I watched these new shooters courageously tackle each lesson, one step at a time, celebrating their successes.

47326447_1988462081454692_7305599874253193216_nWe taught the lesson I wish I had received when I started shooting, that the fundamentals are the path to shooting well, moreover, you can understand them, and in addition you can correct your technique as you practice. Self empowerment through learning should be the focus of every teacher, furthermore that we are a team solely focused on your progress.

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Modern Samurai Project AAR

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November 10-11, 2018

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I made two goals this year. To work on my speed, and to explore the red dot. When I found out Scott Jedlinski was coming to Atlanta, I knew it was a perfect time to take his course. This class focuses on learning to use carry optics, additionally, how a shooter can improve their fundamentals using a competitive methodology and metrics.

The curriculum focuses on shooters that have achieved basic proficiency with firearms and wish to improve to the next level of skill whether defensive or competitive. What truly makes this class stand out is not just the technical skills, but Jedi’s coaching. Every shooter gets coaching and individual attention. All the drills are broken down into micro drills, in addition each student is checked for proper performance. Honest corrections are offered, and so is praise when earned. There is no doubt Jedi wants you to improve. His endless enthusiasm for progress is infectious. I watched 13 shooters improve in a quantifiable manner. Everyone’s limitations were stretched, creating an environment of dynamic growth. Explain, demonstrate, drill, correct or affirm, then test the skill with each evolution building upon the previous exercise. Jedi enjoys teaching and connecting with his clients, which creates a teamwork environment. Many times when a shooter overcame a limitation, the class would spontaneously applaud and offer encouragement.

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I have personally had quite a few coaches in my life, and I classify the good ones in these three categories:

  1. Technical/analytical – this type has the ability to observe and break down the execution of skills, developing a comprehensive approach to performance.
  2. Empathic/intuitive – this style seems to be able to see through your eyes, understanding the performance and offering a sound logical and/or emotional framework for improvement.
  3. Leader/motivator – this style makes you want to perform with a desire to not let the coach and/or the team down.

All three are important, serving the client well at different points of training, but the one to look for is the coach that has all three traits. Jedi displayed all three of these traits while teaching, which profoundly influences the clients’ ability to learn. One of the shooters in class wants to earn a turbo pin (Gabe White’s performance goals). Jedi took him aside during a break to work with him one on one, so he can achieve his goal. That is a deep level of commitment to the client, unfortunately somewhat rare in classes. Another contributing factor is Jedi is a martial artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In my opinion, I think the martial arts coach faces a different set of challenges in the force on force environment, and it may lead to a better connection to their athletes and helping them achieve success.

If you’re interested in red dots and/or competition, I highly recommend this class. As a coach, I need to know how to use a red dot and how to solve problems for my clients. My goal was achieved, in addition, I definitely made progress as a shooter and a coach.

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Great fellow shooters, excellent coaching, and discernible progress is what you get with this class. Thank you to our host Jason Fobart, who did a great job organizing this event. Check this class out, and get ready to improve!

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius

Hidden benefits

Competition is a divisive topic in the shooting world. While certainly not for everyone, there are some hidden benefits that are not often discussed.

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As a coach in multiple martial disciplines, I have observed the following benefits:

  • The skills necessary to compete must be evaluated. Draw, transitions, accuracy, speed, shot calling, and movement will need to be identified as a strength or weakness.
  • Measurement of the skills is necessary for improvement. How long does it take to perform a skill? Can I hit the target at a difficult distance? Can I shoot from different positions? Can I call my shot?
  • Planning and scheduling for practice becomes a priority. Focusing on up coming competition encourages daily practice.
  • Visualization programs the mind to perform competently and efficiently. Creating a mental vision of the necessary skills and strategies the required for the match.
  • Competition is a measurement of your actual skill. You will perform at the level of skill you have earned in practice.
  • Letting go of things you cannot control. The only control you have is over yourself, therefore let go of trying,and just perform. Everything else is out of your control.
  • Self reflection and the scores give you a baseline of successes , lessons learned, and a plan of action to improve weak areas.
  • A true comparison of skill against other competitors. If your training program is working you will see improvement relative to your level of commitment.
  • Emotional fortitude is essential. Developing perseverance and detachment in the face of performance pressure is the greatest gift of competition. A feeling of empowerment and self-control that are accessible in your daily life, enabling you to meet adversity with self-reliance.

preparation-is-the-keyThe competition is not as important as the preparation. Competitors measure and train, cyclically, preparing for the best performance and mastery of their skill. Changing your thinking process, planning and designing an effective training program, with a confident evaluation of the actual skill level is the benefit of competing. The defensive shooter would be well served by adopting a similar training process, even if they do not compete. Training is its own reward!

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius