I have just recently returned from teaching an executive protection course in central Missouri. Rick Allenbrand at Bear Creek Tactical hosted this event and it was a great success. I met some great people and it was a good learning experience for everyone. What I found was that as the class progressed, everyone's general level of awareness went through the roof. This was very evident when we would break for lunch together at a local restaurant. Even though we were on break from class, everyone was scanning and evaluating this little restaurant.
From My Desk Archive - 2009
I have had the pleasure of visiting with many great instructors over the years and have found that ultimately at the highest level of training - it all comes down to philosophy. After a person masters the fundamentals and mechanics of shooting or combatives, the next level of training is the mind.
In the last 30 days I have taught 9 different law enforcement instructors courses and I have seen an interesting trend. Many of these fantastic instructors I worked with shared a reoccurring thought when I would present a technique or principle. They would tell me "well...unless it is super simple, cops are not going to get it". The idea behind this is that officers and professional security personnel are incapable of learning and executing anything but the most simple techniques and principles.
There is one distinct theme that runs through all of the courses that Force Options provides. That is the development of the Warrior Mind. It has also been described as the Combat Mindset. I choose to use the Warrior Mindset because this is an all encompassing philosophy. While it is true that if you end up in a bad place against bad people - you need to be in combat mode. What I try to teach people however is that you must evaluate the entire situation. I use a scenario in our advanced classes that is set like this. Multiple armed assailants (6), you with a loaded weapon.