John Correia on Training Standards

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John Correia
ASP (Active Self Protection)

It continues to boggle my mind that a small segment of the defensive training world insists that timers are useless in defensive firearms training.

Honestly, that’s like saying “Grades are useless in measuring student’s learning.” This showcases a gross misunderstanding of what grades ARE. They don’t measure. They acknowledge and demonstrate an objective standard of achievement, which can then be correlated into other areas to prepare a student to achieve “in the real world.”

It’s like looking at racing and saying, “Qualifying laps are bogus and don’t reflect how races will go, so get rid of them because they don’t help you in the race.” That’s not what qualifying laps are. Qualifying shows your raw ability with your equipment to see what your best is, so that you can be ranked with your peers as the race starts. It is an acknowledgment of your demonstrated maximum ability in ideal conditions, which tends to correlate to success on race day.

There IS a timer in your gunfight. There’s no beep, but there IS a timer. Make no mistake, I have seen gunfights won by a tenth and lost by a tenth.

No one is saying “if you’re X fast on the timer, you’ll win.” We’re saying, “This objective standard showcases a certain level of proficiency with this critical task which will give you maximum advantage in a defensive shooting.”

Failing to recognize that is…puzzling.


Instructors Can’t Give What They Don’t Have


A firearms instructor that can’t shoot well, isn’t

Nemo dat quod non habet (“no one gives what he doesn’t have”)

Training classes are NOT, I repeat NOT making you a better shooter….GASP, what did he say? |


Camp Perry Open’s ‘Super Final’ event unlike any other

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Lies of Gurus


What happens when a skilled competitor used to achieving measurable results in organized competition is held up against widely-accepted tactical gurus that aren’t normally tested?

Kiai Master (black karategi with red belt) offers a 5,000 dollar challenge that he can beat any MMA competitor.

MMA competitor Xu Xiaodong (black shirt and shorts) demonstrates his competition approach a "thunder style" martial arts master.

Interesting, Xu Xiaodong (the MMA competitor in the second video decisively winning this challenge against the “thunder style” martial arts master) has been lambasted for his victory because it “violates the morals of martial arts.”

Based on observing and participating in the range activity of tens of thousands of military personnel and comparing that to the range activity (training and competition) of competition shooters over the decades, there are direct parallels.

What the gamer does is not real, even though he actually does it.
What the tactician does is real, even though he likely has never done it.

And should the gamer beat the tactician (who allegedly operates where there are no rules) it’s an “outrage” for “violating morals.”

New Shooting Organizations

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So you don’t like any current organized shooting format? Stop complaining and take this excellent advice:


Self Practice Is Best

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Practice and training done on your own for yourself is the most important and the best way (arguably the only way) to develop beyond introductory novice levels. Good instruction, in written, audio, video, or live classes, is useful for steering one down the path toward progress but real benefits are gained only when the student personalizes the lessons and turns them into consistent, on-going action.

Nobody can sell you skill. People hosting and selling training classes have done a decent job convincing others that attendance at such classes is necessary. The truth is, a good, motivated student learning from a book or video will become more skillful than a mediocre student regularly attending classes because the good student actually puts the lessons to use and isn’t dependent on an instructor running the group line dance (er, I mean “defensive shooting and tactical training course”) to spoon-feed every tidbit of information.

People selling instruction, especially classes which are the most expensive (and profitable), don’t profit from students learning on their own. However, the simple fact is that everyone wanting to go beyond novice levels must do so on their own.

The following is based on material from James Clear.

We all have goals that we want to achieve in our lives… but there’s a point when you need to stop planning these goals and start working towards them. In fact, learning something new can actually be a waste of time if your goal is to make progress and not simply gain additional knowledge. It all comes down to the difference between learning and practicing.

The Difference Between Learning and Practicing

Thomas Sterner’s The Practicing Mind explains the key difference between practicing and learning.

“When we practice something, we are involved in the deliberate repetition of a process with the intention of reaching a specific goal. The words deliberate and intention are key here because they define the difference between actively practicing something and passively learning it.”

Learning something new and practicing something new may seem very similar, but these two methods can have profoundly different results.

1. Learning Can Be a Crutch That Supports Inaction

In many cases, learning is actually a way to avoid taking action on the goals and interests that we say are important to us. For example, let’s say you want to learn a foreign language. Reading a book on how to learn a foreign language quickly allows you to feel like you are making progress (“Hey, I’m figuring out the best way to do this!”). Of course, you’re not actually practicing the action that would deliver your desired outcome (speaking the foreign language). We make the mistake of being in motion rather than taking action. Learning is valuable until it becomes a form of procrastination.

2. Practice Is Learning, But Learning Is Not Practice

Passive learning is not a form of practice because although you gain new knowledge, you are not discovering how to apply that knowledge. Active practice, meanwhile, is one of the greatest forms of learning because the mistakes you make while practicing reveal important insights. Even more important, practice is the only way to make a meaningful contribution and have the ability to express your knowledge in a meaningful way.

3. Practice Focuses Your Energy on the Process

“Progress is a natural result of staying focused on the process of doing anything.”

—Thomas Sterner, The Practicing Mind

It is not the things we learn nor the dreams we envision that determines our results, but rather that habits that we practice each day. Fall in love with boredom and focus your energy on the process.

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