One thing I’ve learned about Firearms Training instructors is that they have a very special quality.
They are on a constant journey seeking new insights into how they can better help their students Learn and Shoot More Accurately. Just as importantly they are always looking for new techniques for themselves that will improve their accuracy, their student’s accuracy and their Firearms Training capabilities.
Over the last 16 years I’ve been researching how to shoot more accurately and what was more important for me was how to become an even better instructor.
As you know, shooting is really easy. You keep the sights in alignment as you’re compressing the trigger and you compress the trigger so you don’t disturb the sight alignment as the gun releases the shot. That will give you a perfect shot every time; wouldn’t you agree? So, if shooting is that easy, how come in firearms training it’s been so difficult to teach someone how to shoot with precision accuracy? I don’t know about you, but I used to get very frustrated when I couldn’t get a student shoot accurately. Now, we can get anyone shooting one shot on-top-of-another with consistency in only a matter of minutes. I would like to share with you one of the secrets I’ve learned over the years. It is the quickest and easiest way in which you can become a hero to all your students and get them shooting more accurately…instantly.
Creating The Landscape In The Mind
One of the keys of setting up the learning experience is to prepare (prime) your student’s mind so that they are more likely to “spontaneously” follow your every instruction. One of the ways we can do this is to formulate our instructional language patterns so that our students naturally and easily respond to our suggestions and directions without any resistance. To do this we can utilize “covert” language patterns that bypass the part of their conscious mind that creates an aversion to the firing process and embeds our suggestions directly to their unconscious.
Remember: All learning, all change, and all behavior originates in the unconscious first. So why not teach directly to the unconscious. As you continue to read this article you’ll realize just how easily this works.
When you get really good at these powerful language patterns, you’ll stop teaching, and your students will begin learning more quickly and easily. These language patterns are not designed to be scripts. They’re designed to demonstrate the process that we have added into our new five-day advanced instructor course that will make it easy for you to get your students shooting more accurately.
CAUTION: If you try to utilize these language patterns as a script, the focus of your instruction becomes the language pattern, and you will lose track of where your student is in his learning process. Our focus as firearms training instructors should not be on what we’re teaching, but how our students are learning. Learning is not something that you do, it’s something you become and it’s up to us to help our students become the best they can be.
You need to find out what your student’s reality is so you can blend your information on marksmanship into their reality OR you must disturb their reality to allow for a greater understanding to emerge.
Example: I remember as a police officer when I was being trained in riot and crowd control. I was faced with a wall of people coming at me. It was hard to distinguish faces or any one person. Everything blended together and it was difficult to make any sense of it. It reminded me of being in the ocean and having a wave rolling at me. I became totally overwhelmed.
This is very similar as to how your students construct their realities during firearms training. When we present information, we need to deconstruct that information so our students are not overwhelmed and can easily make sense of it. Read more
Eliminating Recoil Aversion in Firearms Training is More Than Just Diagnosing the Symptoms, It’s ALL About Getting to the Root Issue!
By Matt & Sherrie Seibert
In Firearms Training we have all seen instructors utilize the shots on a student’s target to diagnose the common problem of having an aversion to the recoil of the gun. Generally instructors do a fairly good job identifying the physical manifestations that are causing the error but do not usually dig into the root of the problem. The correction of the symptoms never cures what’s ailing the shooter.
(In the example below it will be assumed that the gun is properly sighted-in, the student understands sight alignment, his dominate eye has been properly diagnosed, the gun fits his hand, his finger position on the trigger is correct, and he has the ability to achieve focal acuity on the front sight.) Read more
ABSTRACT SEQUENTIAL LEARNER
Insight Firearms Training – How The Brain Works Part 2
With, the “Abstract Sequential Learner”
the Left Side of Their Brain Processes Parts Better Than Wholes.
How Student’s Brain works is extremely important in Firearms Training. It works sequentially, processes words, grammar, syntax, and linear data. It is logical, orderly and proceeds step-by-step. This learner measures, memorizes, organizes, names, compartmentalizes, compares and will constantly be watching the clock on the wall. This learner wants schedules, predictability, organization, precision work and problems to solve. They prefer to work independently. Their strategy is both intellectual and rational; they need a sequential and structured approach.
This recruit needs the parts of the whole broken down and presented in a logical order. It is important to realize when you give the big picture of the process and your “Big Picture People” grasp the idea, your Abstract Sequential Learner students are “unable” to comprehend the material until the whole is broken into all its components and he can grasp the relationships. Read more
How To Get New Recruits Motivated & Shooting Accurately “Instantly” Using The World’s Fastest Teaching Method (Part 1)
Discover the Newest Secrets of Firearms Training for Today’s Recruits!
Training your Recruits to Shoot with Absolute Precision Accuracy is Easy When you Understand How They Will Take in Information and Represent that Information in Terms of Their Behavior.
The instructional process for teaching someone to shoot can be broken down into two components, 1) the physical skills and 2) the mental skills. The physical skills make up 20% of the process and the mental skills make up 80% of the process. This article will assist you in understanding how your students’ minds work and give you better insight into reading your students. We will profile the different personality types and create several models that will assist you in accelerating your student’s learning process and improve your effectiveness as an instructor.
THE PROBLEM IS THE DIFFERENCE
The recruits of yesterday grew up hunting and fishing. In both activities their role was one of a predator. The recruits of today grew up playing video games. Even though they role play with a gun, it’s not the same as tracking, shooting a real gun, and gutting your kill. Many recruits entering an Academy today have never even shot a real gun. It is important to realize that the psychology behind the hiring process used by many police agencies appear to be more focused on hiring “Social Workers” not “Warriors”. The mind-set and motivation of today’s recruits are very different from years previous. The sophistication of the new recruits has changed. Most of the new recruits have been to college and their model of learning is incongruent with the paramilitary model. Using the “Drill Sergeant” approach and inducing stress during the initial phases of learning actually inhibits the learning process, retards retention of the material presented, demeans the student and reduces their motivation to excel or even want to shoot. In order to meet the needs of this new breed of officers, our teaching methodology must also become more sophisticated.
Your students don’t see the world as it is, or in the way you saw it when you entered the academy. They see the world as they are, based on how they process information and their own personal experiences.
Example: Three people witness an accident. All three will experience a different reality and respond to it differently. One person may be shocked by what they saw. Another may feel pity and be sympathetic to the victims. Another may feel angry that people aren’t more careful. The same incident makes people feel and react in different ways. We will illustrate how the way a student feels during the learning experience; will determine what and how much they will learn. Read more
Insight To The Ear / Brain Relationship
Did you Know that in Firearms Training you can Accelerate your Student’s Ability to Shoot with Precision Accuracy and Achieve a Higher Level of Retention of Information Based on Which Ear You Talk Into?
Most people prefer to be addressed in their right ear and are more likely to perform a task when they receive the request in their right ear rather than their left ear. In a series of studies, regarding ear preference and communication between people, Dr. Luca Tommasi and Daniele Marzoli from the University “Gabriele d’Annunzio” in Chieti, Italy, show that most people have a natural preference as to which ear information is conveyed, depending on their hemispheric asymmetry within the brain. In Firearms Training this bias can influence our student’s behavior and their ability to shoot with precision accuracy.
UCLA and University of Arizona scientists have demonstrated that our right and left ears process information differently. It has also been found that these differences for the auditory processing of sound start at the ear. “The ear is structured to distinguish between various types of sounds and to send them to the optimal side in the brain for processing,” explained Yvonne Sininger, Ph.D., visiting professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.” Read more
Dear Fellow Firearms Instructor,
I would like to invite you to join our 2-Day Advanced Firearms Course, “The Neuro-Psychology to “Instant” Precision Accuracy. You may ask yourself; Why attend this program? The benefits are enormous to you, your students, your department and your community.
Save Your Department Money!
The average Police Academy utilizes 1000 rounds of ammunition per recruit. That represents 20 Boxes of ammunition. Let’s say the average box of 50 rounds of ammunition costs $15.00. That means the ammunition cost will be $300 for each recruit.
If you have 40 recruits in an Academy Class it will cost $12,000.00 per Academy Class just in ammunition. If you hold 6 Academy classes a year the ammunition expenditure will be $72,000.00 annually.
Learn Insight’s methodology and you will be able to cut your ammunition costs in half. That’s right, you will save your academy $36,000.00 each year. Read more
(1) Why Some Students Excel & Other Students Struggle
Have you ever wondered why some students excel at shooting precision shots while other students struggle or even fail? A student’s success or failure has very little to do with their “natural” ability. At Insight, we have found that a student’s ability to understand and grasp the concepts required to shoot consistent precision shots is dependent on the instructor’s ability to teach to the student’s specific learning style and learning strategy.
Example: I’m sure you can remember a “special teacher” when you were in school that made learning fun, easy and enjoyable. The reason that teacher made learning so easy was because their specific teaching style matched your specific learning style. Most instructors “teaching style” is the same as their specific “learning style”. This means that there will always be some students who succeed and others that struggle or fail. When you know how to identify each of your student’s learning styles you can change your method of teaching so it matches each students learning style. When you do this, every student will be a prodigy. Your student’s will look up to you and you’ll instantly gain their respect, just like that “special teacher” did in your life. Read more