The following guest  article was written and submitted by David B. Monier-Williams.


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The Turnipseed Technique

by David B. Monier-Williams


The Turnipseed Technique offers the correct and natural stance that allows for movement of WHOLE body in all directions to successfully engage multiple targets.








Look at the photos on the right with Alan Egusa walking along naturally and walking along with raised pistol also naturally. He’s in total skeletal alignment otherwise he couldn’t walk and therefore be out of balance.  No muscles group is under stress. The shooting arm is extended yet neither the shoulder joint nor the elbow joint is locked, to do so would put you under stress and out of alignment. The pistol is raised to the eyes not the other way around. All is very natural.

Now concentrate on the other photos on the left. Check the bottom far left hand photo. Note that Alan’s body is facing 11 o’clock and only is head and arms face the target. Though it’s not possible to see from this photo Alan’s feet are shoulder width apart and symmetrically spread. It is important that the feet be symmetrically spread as if not then the hips wont be square to 11 o’clock and you’ll be out of alignment.

Look now at the upper two photos starting with Kent Turnipseed on the left. He is standing erect though with a slight 2% bend forward, the same bend as you get up, walk, sit down or go up or down stairs, all in all natural and in balance. Again his arms are up so that a pistol would be at eye level, no twisting or ducking of the neck. his shooting arm is straight, not locked and his hands interlocked around what would be a pistol, left thumb over right so as to be able to drop the slide quickly and smoothly. Kent’s left shoulder is relaxed and down. This allows the left arm’s biceps and forearm muscles to be relaxed yet the left hand maintains a strong firm grip over the right.

In the opposite photo, Alan facing the other way allows you to notice his same erect relaxed state like Kent’s. If you pay close attention you can more readily see Alan’s 2% bend or belly crunch. This is the natural way of sitting, standing and walking. When you start to learn the Turnipseed Technique you start sitting atop an empty five gallon paint bucket. One of the main reasons is to reinforce one of the eight constants, that of the 2% bend.

No matter what kind of shooting you do, remember, all you are is a launching platform for a missile. In defensive shooting, regardless of the type of small arms used, this launch platform must maintain balance so that you can effectively shoot while moving. The difference with the Turnipseed Technique is that it’s based on the natural movement of the body, applied kinesiology.The result is that recoil is a total NON-ISSUE. It’s not dependent on strength, women learn it as fast or faster than men. The same stance is used for shotguns, rifle, pistol and fully automatic shoulder fired firearms.