Michael Russo, Instructor
TO EVOLVE, YOU MUST BE EQUIPPED: Possessing the qualities necessary for performance
Performance of fundamentals is the key to success in almost any athletic endeavor we undertake. First, you have to be taught the fundamentals and then you [must] practice the fundamentals in order to achieve positive outcomes. The key to positive outcome is achieving excellence in the performance of fundamentals. Take shooting for example. It is imperative that you learn the fundamentals of shooting. If you’ve
taken a Concealed Carry Weapons class or a beginner handgun safety course you have been taught what the 5 fundamentals of shooting are: (*Yes, some teach that there are more).
1. Hold Control (or Grip). (*The term hold control is also used when
referring to the location of your sights on target. For the purpose of this
article, we are using the expression as it relates to “Grip”).
2. Aiming (Sight Alignment & Sight Picture)
3. Trigger Control
5. Follow Through
Your goals now should be to find out how well you perform the fundamentals of
shooting and to improve on your performance. This can only be achieved by taking
training classes under the watchful, competent eyes of experienced instructors.
Instructors watch you perform fundamentals and correct your performance by verbally explaining how to make the corrections needed to improve your performance. For some students, verbal assessments and corrective suggestions on how to improve performance is not always best achieved with words or through an instructor’s demonstration of what “optimal performance” looks like. For many, being told what they are doing wrong is not the best way for them to learn and understand exactly what it is they are doing incorrectly. For many, being able to [SEE] what they are doing wrong will have a greater and longer lasting impact on their understanding of their mistakes and aid in their ability to remember the mistakes they make while performing certain fundamentals. You will probably agree that if you can see your mistakes you will better grasp what is needed to correct them, and that implementing good corrective measures will lead to optimal performance of the fundamentals.
As instructors we have heard many students comment about how they wish they could see what they are doing wrong so that they could better understand what corrections need to be made and to equip them with the information needed for better practice sessions.
Phase Line Defense has heard you and we are answering your “wish.” Our FIRST, Fundamental Instruction Refining Shooting Techniques, Phase I course has been designed to provide you with the ability to SEE yourself while performing the 5 Fundamentals of Shooting.
Each student will be filmed while running a battery of shooting drills. We will then sit
down with each student and review the video footage. The student will [SEE] where
there is a breakdown in their performance of the fundamentals. We will give you
suggestions on how to better perform each of the fundamentals and head back out to
the shooting range and run more drills to give you an opportunity to implement the
Before you can advance in your training, you [must] attain a high level of performance
of the fundamentals of shooting. Our FIRST Phase I course is focused more on
Performance than it is on Outcome. Although by the end of the course you will see
better outcomes. By better outcome we mean more accurate hits on target (Outcome), Higher Quality/Level of Performance and greater confidence. And, you will leave far more comfortable and equipped for your next FIRST Phase II level of training.
Remember it’s the Performance of Fundamentals that Result in Positive Outcomes!
*Performance before Outcome*
FIRST - FUNDAMENTAL INSTRUCTION REFINING SHOOTING TECHNIQUES™
FIRST™ PHASE I - SHOOTING DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC APRIL 14, 2018
FIRST™ PHASE I - SHOOTING DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC MAY 12, 2018
FIRST™ PHASE I - SHOOTING DIAGNOSTIC CLINIC JUNE 9, 2018
"TRAIN OR BE CHAINED"