To know and not to do, is not yet to know
by Dave Sauer

In most of my classes I share my two favorite Bruce Lee quotes. The first:

To know and not to do, is not yet to know.

Bruce Lee, Tao of JKD

How many times have you heard someone talk a good game, but when it came time to perform, the disconnect between their talk and walk became evident? I know a guy, (in another field of training) who can amaze audiences with his vast knowledge on the subject and could pass all the book tests. He teaches the subject at a college, and has won “trainer awards.” He knows all the names of the big trainers in the industry and has even got his name mentioned in a book by another trainer. In the last 16 years, I have seen him publicly try to walk the talk only twice, and both times were embarrassments. It was quickly evident he did not have the skill to apply the book knowledge he had amassed.

I’ve been to numerous instructor level firearms schools in which a good percentage of the students in the class seem to be there to learn how to shoot, not learn how to teach others to shoot. It frustrates the hell out of me! I want to tell them, “Dude, go home and learn how to shoot, then come back. We don’t have time to teach you what you should already know. I mean, how can you hope to be able to teach someone a physical skill when you can’t do it yourself?!”

Bruce Lee was right. You can intellectually understand the concepts; you can know the theory and regurgitate the memorized lines, but if you cannot DO what you are talking about, you really do not KNOW what you are talking about.

Several of our pistol fighting courses start off with the infamous “One Hole Drill” in which we ask students to put five shots into the same hole from five yards. This tells us real quick who KNOWS the fundamentals of marksmanship and who does not. In my experience, only about ten percent really KNOW and can DO. One out of ten can, on demand and under pressure put a bullet right where they want it, shot after shot, from that relatively easy distance of fifteen feet. This is one of the foundational proactive fighting skills, yet it eludes so many.