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    Default Pistol Kata in the June 2018 Prescott Class

    I was curious about how the block of kata instruction went at the class. Curious to hear the point of view from both the instructors as well as the students.

    How did it go? How quickly did students pick it up? Any learning points from the instructors' point of view?

    Students - was it obvious how this material relates to gunfighting? I'm assuming so given the content of the rest of class but want to hear more. Besides learning footwork and choreography, what were the lessons you took away from this practice?
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    I have some ideas but I will wait to hear from others.
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    I have begun teaching the footwork in karate class. Although I think this footwork and concepts are in the traditional kata, it is not so explicit. It is easy to quickly teach this material to a group of people already skilled at footwork as well as the idea of kata. Curious how things were received by the gun guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Yamamoto View Post
    I have begun teaching the footwork in karate class. Although I think this footwork and concepts are in the traditional kata, it is not so explicit. It is easy to quickly teach this material to a group of people already skilled at footwork as well as the idea of kata. Curious how things were received by the gun guys.
    This is one thing that we noticed. For those used to structured kata the footwork and sequence came fairly easily. For those without that experience, even athletic people found that grasping it and the reasoning behind it to be fairly abstract but I'll leave more for Gabe and the students to comment on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Nichols View Post
    For those used to structured kata the footwork and sequence came fairly easily. For those without that experience, even athletic people found that grasping it and the reasoning behind it to be fairly abstract.
    This was as Gabe and I expected. Kata is not a "normal" thing for most people.

    Still, wanted to hear how things played out in class. Very curious to hear from those who do not have that kind of background how their experience was.
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    I will add...it may not be "normal" right now but we want to change that.

    Humans are apex predators...but we've forgotten how to move. thus the very need for things like kata.
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    After action report.

    Not knowing a thing about martial arts and throwing myself to the wolves in an effort to learn new skills or if you will the ability to add more tools to the toolbox, I have done so.

    This class drills down to the nuts and bolts of what works in a 0-5 feet Gunfighting situations. I'm grateful and respect those who have trained for decades and decades in the many martial arts genres for what was learned and applied is a result of Brent's staffs vast experience from all facets of martial arts combined with real world situations that they have experienced.

    Having been to a few shooting classes in all four corners of the country, this single two day class provided me with more tools than I have gained in 3-5 day courses. Don't get me wrong, I take away at least one thing from each course. However, I was severely lacking the skills one needs from 0-5 feet and I now have the confidence and tools to better help myself if I find myself in a situation. Increase my survivability!

    That said like with shooting, it is a perishable skill. So when your done with your class, maintaining/ practicing what was taught is a must. Just as you go to the range, you need to make this a part of your training. Along with Medical/ stop the bleed training!

    Brent and the entire class was strong and we all learned alot from Brent but also from each other!

    This is a legit class that anyone who carries on any sort of basis needs to take this class. It's a tough and thorough class. It is what is needed. All walks of life were in the class and we all made it through together!

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