From Rich Grassi

If you want to learn to do something well, you go to the best practitioner you can find and hope he or she can teach. Being able to perform well in terms of physical skills is one thing; being able to transmit your knowledge and abilities to others is quite something else.

The idea behind finding the best practitioner is the assumption that he had to learn to do what he does so well. He’s run across the pitfalls and obstructions to great performance and found ways over, through or around. No sense in reinventing the wheel.

When we apply this scenario to shooting in defensive combat why are we so averse to learning from champions in the action shooting disciplines?  One stated reason is the tendency for the game players, in effort to get short times on a stage, to occasionally do things that wouldn’t be prudent in real life. Reloading on the move from cover to cover is an example. If someone is really shooting at you, you’d never leave cover without a loaded gun.

Guess what? In real life, neither would good competition shooters. It’s a different application of the same skills.

You need to be able to pick the wheat from the chaff. The more skilled your mentor/teacher is, as determined by measurable performance, the more skills they have to impart upon you.

Why wouldn’t you go with a champion?