A man of travel, the teacher and ever student, an infant writer, artist in the rough, father, work-aholic, always wanting more... but happy with less, realist ...with hope, counselor ..with faults.
I'm not a tough guy. I'm 45 years old, and some broken parts wake up later in the morning than the rest. I work out, walk or run twice a day with my dogs, teach selfdefence and firearms at least once per week, but I'm not a paragon of fitness. I can pinch more than an inch. The most important thing is that I won't quit.
Once you become �ordained� as a trainer, the first thing your peers (trainees) in your agency check to see is if you �walked the walk� as an officer. If so, you�ve got a good foundation on which to build as a trainer. If not, you�ve got a long row to hoe, as most of your message will be lost amidst questions over your character.
You don�t have to be perfect, but the standard to which you hold yourself and subsequently perform must be set high. This means being professional in all that you do. Occasional mistakes show you�re genuine � and human � but consistent mistakes make you appear lazy and unprofessional. You have to inspire your trainees through professionalism to want to listen and to learn what you have to teach. You must teach them how the material you present relates to the myriad of situations they will encounter on site; as well as effective reporting of their actions and how to put those actions into words. You will probably find that last one to be the hardest of them all.
Realize there is much more to being a competent and effective trainer than passing the course and showing a few techniques or passing along some information. You must earn the respect of your peers and trainees through professionalism and dedication on a daily basis in everything that you do.
My advise to anyone learning: Find quality instruction, master the fundamentals; practice until they can all be done without thought, this is mucle memory. This means the mechanical part is there when the fight is brought to you. The mental part comes only by fighting through adversity. Developeing these skills isn't fast, it isn't easy- I've been shooting for over thirty years, and studied martial arts for more than thirty five, and I am just now becoming a good student.
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I will be making offerings of knowledge I have gained over the years and sharing words of wisdom passed to me from those men and women speaking from real life experience on the streets.
Modern Mountain Man?
Lets look at the Mountain Man of days gone by. These men headed to the road less traveled - no roads at all. Only took what they and maybe a beast of burden could carry with them. Lived off the land and scavenged not just from nature but what ever travelers, Indians and animals left behind.
I may not be a Mountain Man in some book definition of the word, but YES I am a Modern Mountain Man. I have foraged for years for information in books, bullitinboards (old style Internet) and the net. Casting my nets to in hopes of catching useful knowledge I can share with my family and friends.
No this pursuit was not so noble. In fact it was self serving in the fact that I was a survivalist in the rawest sense when I got out of the military (many, many moons ago). I found it difficult to become one of the sheep. Over time I was able to transition to a existence best described as a sheep dog. I look over my friends and family and provide knowledge and tactical support when needed.