Andrew Lake, Instructor
Brains or Brawn?
There is a fine line to balance between the mental and physical preparation necessary to survive a violent encounter. While the only SURE method to survive a violent attack is to avoid it altogether, having the proper planning an preparation can certainly increase your odds! Now that we've made the decision to get a CCW, learn some defensive shooting, train ourselves for situational awareness and the
like... we now have to determine which is more important to our security and survival? The mental preparation and awareness, or the physical execution and toughness? Arguments can obviously be made both ways. You can't execute without the knowledge of what to do, and knowledge without the physical capability doesn't go very far. Mt personal opinion is: It is a combination of the two split right down the middle. I may be a phenomenal shooter who almost never misses, but if I can't shoot that way when I'm completely exhausted, and stressed... all that shooting knowledge won't do me much good. Similarly, if I train myself for situational awareness, but I don't have the physical conditioning to deal with a threat even if I see it coming... the awareness doesn't do me much good. We constantly encourage our students to continue their training beyond the CCW course. However, all the firearm training in the world may not give you that ability to survive a threat situation without the physical capability to execute what you've learned. My recommendation is that however much time you spend on the range shooting, you spend equal amounts of time on physical conditioning as well as some sort of hand to hand combat training. Knowledge and skill coupled with physical readiness and
conditioning is the best chance you can give yourself to survive a violent encounter. Like I always say in class, “Getting your CCW is only the FIRST step. You MUST continue training and improving on all fronts.” Stay safe out there!
“Everyone wants to be a lion... Until it's time to do LION things.”