I hear a lot of people say “I’ve got enough training (one SUT class), I don’t need any more.”. Usually, they are the guys who have spent more on their AR, than they ever would on any amount of training (even training on how to properly use that AR), and when you suggest they should always be getting more, they have some excuse about why they aren’t. What’s the range of an excuse? ZERO METERS!!!!
Case in point. I recently took time away off of the job to go to a two week training course. We won’t get into specifics about what the training was, because for this post what specifically it was is not important. Let’s digress a minute. There are a number of areas of study I have had an interest in over the years. Two of those topics are firearms (specifically how they relate to wilderness and defensive survival applications), and hand to hand combat skills, under which I place edged weapons (specifically knives), and items like the kasari fundo.
With the Hand to Hand stuff, I started learning one type of martial art while in college, and I progressed to another type in my early years in the military. Later in the military, I went through Army Combatives Level 1 (when it was a new thing), and in the last decade, I’ve been involved in using different styles from Krav Maga to BJJ, and also SPEAR. Is this said to impress you? No. If I was trying to impress you, I’m pretty sure I would have mentioned this long before now. I haven’t offered it in my business yet, so it hasn’t come up till now.
My point is that even though I’ve been involved in a lot of this stuff for decades, I still take the opportunity to learn new things, and my mindset is that I will never be done learning and training. So I went and got beat on for two weeks, and in the process, I learned some things. I consider myself a “Knife guy”, and have been since I was a kid (no, I haven’t had a Damned ceremony with my knife, that’s GAAEEEY), but I learned one knife technique at this class that I was unaware of (so it was worth it).
A secondary point of the class was learning how to pass what we knew on to students in a training environment. Generally, I consider myself pretty good at passing on info to the end user (at least feedback I’ve received from students makes me think that LOL), and I’ve been doing it for a while, but guess what, I learned a new approach that makes good sense, and I will be implementing it into ALL of my classes. Why? …..Well, why not? I have no illusions of being the “be all end all” trainer of anything, and if this new method helps me get life saving info into the “Harddrive” of a student, so they are better able to retain it, I consider that a “Win!”.
So what’s your excuse? Not enough money? There is plenty of free crap out there you can take advantage of, especially with stuff that is associated with CERT. You don’t have the time? I bet you will have the rest of your life during “Critical Mass” to think about the life saving skills you should have taken the time to learn but didn’t make a priority, won’t you? You aren’t in good enough shape? First, you guys know my shpeel about PT, but let’s say you are as good as you gonna get physically, and that it’s not very good. There are plenty of things someone can do from a training aspect, that does not involve physicality. Gamegetters class is a great example, and an important skill to know. Being a Survivalist isn’t all about your physical ability.
Make a list of life saving skills you need to learn, lifesaving skills you have and need to review/brush up on, and things you want to learn. Prioritize it by saying “How screwed am I without this skillset?”, and move out from there. It’s only the lives of you and those most dear to you that sway in the balance, right?
Now compare the pic above to the pic and screenshot below
I know, I know…..here comes a Kaper, CAKcolube and all….right?
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE
“Sam Kerodin, III Percent Society”