2013 is the 10th Anniversary of the Combat Focus® Shooting Program and I’ve it has now been a dozen years since I left police work to focus on a full time career as a professional firearms instructor. In that time, I have had the honor and pleasure of working with most of the top names in the industry, been associated with many of our leading companies and taught in almost ever state in the union and a healthy handful of other countries. Read more
Those of you reading this article will certainly either be, or believe you are instructors. Now, don’t take offense to my “believe you are” line in that last sentence. The truth is, during times in the past I truly thought I was an instructor too…and while I might have held the title, I was far from it. In the past 12 years, since I was hired as a full time “instructor” by the Federal Air Marshal service in December of 2001, I have been either a full time instructor, or mentor/leader of instructors. There are times in the past when I spent a good deal of my time Read more
to become truth. There is a broken
open place in a lover. Where are
those qualities of bravery and sharp
compassion in this group? What’s the
use of old and frozen thought? I want
a howling hurt. This is not a treasury
where gold is stored; this is for copper.
We alchemists look for talent that
can heat up and change. Lukewarm
won’t do. Half-hearted holding-back,
well-enough, getting-by? Not here.
How does anything that Rumi wrote apply to teaching tactics, combatives, the brutal struggle to overcome assault and to accomplish the mission, even at the cost of one’s own life? Perhaps you might wish to read it again from a different perspective.
To find the tactical truth, or the combatives truth, or the shooting truth—any warrior truth—you must Read more
25 years ago, I made a vow. No, not to love and cherish, but instead, to never teach a person how to kill, unless I also taught then when and when not to kill. I started my own firearms training business in 1988, and based on my learning about use of deadly force in self defense as a law enforcement officer, I taught the students about the elements of Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy. Now, I realize that a whole lot of water has gone under the proverbial bridge in the last 25 years, but Read more