How do you know what you are capable of if you do not know what you are not capableof
The point of the Combat Accuracy article is to get people past the idiotic teaching that it is all about making the hit. It is not all about making the hit! It is all about the perfect balance "to hit and to not be hit" within the correct context of the fight. So much of the training of the recent past has been just about making the hit. This teaching and this mindset can get people killed. That is a very low standard of training, because it does not take the reality of the fight into consideration.
As we look at being as deadly as we can possibly be inside of "the perfect balance" it is clear that not getting hit is extremely important. There are times that the importance of that fact will lead to less than perfect accuracy. The only way to get comfortable with this fact is by understanding the accepted accuracy levels inside of the reality of combat. Not the made up BS on the square range.......but the historically proven combat for blood reality.
"How do you know what you are capable of if you do not know what you are not capable of?"
Since we train to the higher standard of the toughest of situations, we are more likely to not be perfect inside of our training. But the only way to progress in the most efficient and effective manner as possible is by learning through pushing the envelope and being man enough to fail.
If you do not fail......you can not learn to be as deadly as you can possibly be. It is only through failure that you can find out what you are truely capable of. Because if you do not fail, you do not know your limitations. If you do not know your limitations you do not know what you need to be working on to be as deadly as you can possibly be.
There are plenty of ignorant people out there that look at our PSP targets and think that we are accepting a lower standard. But it is their ignorance that is the problem.......not how hard we push ourselves. They have no idea what level we are working at because they can not even grasp the difficulty level that we are pushing ourselves to achieve. When the "you do not know what you do not know" training junkies comment on what they think they know......it is nothing more than mildly amusing to me. There is a certain subsection of closed minded, ignorant, overly opinionated people out there that I hope never break away from their dogma. My passion in life is to help "good" people. I have zero interest in trying to save the life of a closed minded, ignorant, overly opinionated person. Straight out, I do not want people like that in my courses or anywhere near me and the good people that I strive to help.
So, I am good with the fact that I am an "in your face son of a gun." I am good with the fact that I piss people off. I am good with the fact that there are a certain subsection of people that will always hate me. I strive to incite them. I strive to have everyone around them questioning them. I strive to force them to put there common sense up against my common sense.
The single most important thing that I teach inside of any of my courses is "drive the gun to the focal point." "Lock onto a dime size point on your adversary and drive the gun directly to that point, using the very best eye/hand coordination and body mechanics that you can possibly muster." "Get to your sights if it is at all possible inside of the situation." "Aim small and miss small."
That means put the hits, as close as possible, to exactly where you want the hits to be, inside of what the situation will allow.
"Situations dictate strategy, strategy dictate tactics, and tactics dictate techniques!"
The situation is the king and you are just a pawn inside the situation doing the very best that you can. An extremely well trained pawn will usually do much better than a closed minded, ignorant, overly opinionated pawn.