You aren’t going to beÂ surprisedÂ to find out that as a trainer, I think training is pretty important. Â I did a bit of filing this week as I wasÂ organizingÂ my papers. Â One of the things I came across in my office work was certificates from courses I have taken. Â As I put the certificates where they belong I started to wonder if I was putting my money where my mouth was.
Here is what I found out about my training from May 2010 to May 2011:
48 hours of Instructor level training
32 hours of unarmed combatives
24 hours of handgun training
32 hours of rifle training
8 hours of lecture
144 hours of training from May to May.
I was pretty surprised to see that number. Â Keep in mind that only represents time I have spent in courses as a student. Â This does not count time I spend on my own training, or any time while I am teaching. Â I probably learn as much if not more while I am teaching than when I am a student.
I’m not suggesting that the average person should invest their resources in 144 hours of training per year. Â What I am suggesting is that we do need to dedicate ourselves to our training. Â Of course, each individual needs to develop their own trainingÂ regimenÂ based on their own needs and resources but a good guideline would be to take a course each quarter of the year.
- Spring – 8 hour handgun
- Summer – 8 hour rifle or shotgun
- Fall – 8 hour unarmed combatives
- Winter – 8 hour mindset, or intermediate weapon course, or Â whatever in the above three you have the least experience.
Conflict of interest. Â That’s easy take courses from someone else.
- Stop buying guns and start buying training
- Handgun training does not have to beÂ live fire
- Get a group of 8-10 people together and bring the instructor to you
- Head to a conference
- Instructors don’t have to be big names
- Send a friend
Sponsor of the day: Â CJS Custom Knives
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