Prerequisite: Introduction to Tactics
Those of you who know me, know that I committed to improving my physical fitness earlier this year. I have always been fairly fit and active but it was time to take it to the next level. I have been doing cardio and strength training for the last several months and the effort is paying off. Sure, its nice to loose a few extra pounds, but more than that, the increase in my overall fitness has been remarkable.
As a firearms and self-defense instructor I train for specific skills on a regular basis – and I do it under stress to simulate a real incident. I train in low-light, extreme weather, with multiple targets, induced chaos. Shooting speed drills, speed reloads, accuracy drills are all very useful for refining specific skills, but what happens if I really need to fight for my life. Do I have the endurance it takes to run for cover, grapple with a large attacker or carry a victim to a secure location?
The reality of a life-threatening situation is one that will require far more of us than we realize. Relying on the adrenaline response will only help so much, but your physical strength and endurance will determine much more of the outcome.
There’s a quote attributed to an anonymous Navy seal – a special forces unit in the U.S. Navy:
“Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. That’s why we train so hard.”
Recently I’ve had awesome opportunities to train with law enforcement, special forces and other industry professionals. My increased fitness has allowed me to keep up during these demanding trainings. It has improved my shooting platform and performance.
I have made “Train Hard, Fight Easy” my personal motto. I want to be ready to respond in the case that I am called to. The time I spend working out is an investment in my health and possibly my survival. Are you making your fitness part of your self-defense plan?