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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Default Embracing the Suck

    It's easy to talk about training. It's easy to talk about karate, jujitsu, and Force on Force. It's easy to plan and think about the laps you're going to run and the weights you're going to lift. The execution of all these things takes discipline. It's self-gratifying to shoot tiny groups on paper whether it's with the use of a timer even when working from the holster and including foot work. Even when working kata or a heavy bag it's easy to ignore your weaknesses; no one likes to lose. Again, it takes discipline to work on your weaknesses.

    In Force on Force we stress over and over the importance of sticking to the script and being a "good" bad guy. Being a good role player and sticking to the script is essential for your training partners to see a maximum benefit from the drills and scenarios. Force on Force is not the only place where your mindset and lack of ego benefit you and your training partners.

    In martial arts classes whether you're sparring or rolling, you'll go up against partners more skilled than you are. There's always someone bigger, stronger, faster, and more experienced. These are opportunities to learn and improve. While it sucks feeling overwhelmed, a good training partner will help you identify and strengthen those holes in your skill sets. If you're the alpha dog, this is where you show humility. No one appreciates verbal jabs/trash talking be it in person or on social media. Your training partners are your team mates and you should be just as committed to their improvement as they are to yours.

    In Force on Force, combatives, and MA training often there is a "pain penalty" when you make mistakes. Dropping the ego can be hard to do. Maybe that's why is see more people in live fire classes than FoF and combatives. What I'm certain of is unless you're willing to cross over from live fire to FoF and combatives you're placing serious limits on your abilities as a fighter. I know I've mentioned FoF a lot in this post, but it goes much further than FoF classes. In order to reach your full potential you must embrace "the suck". You must be willing to experience discomfort. You must be disciplined to do the things you may not like while doing them because YOU WILL enjoy/like the results. Stay focused on your goal and not the stitch in your side, cramp in your leg, or sting of the airsoft pellet/UTM round. So yeah, "Embrace the Suck".
    Jon Payne
    Ambassador, Suarez Group of Companies
    Suarez International Law Enforcement Instructor

    The Two Most Dangerous Places in Today's World:
    1.) A Gun Free Zone
    2.) Your Comfort Zone

    I choose to live a peaceful life. It's not hard to change my mind.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    FOF was probably the most eye-opening class I ever took, and that was years ago with Airsoft Glocks. I still remember the "suck" of being shot in the knuckles repeatedly, which reinforces that shooters focus on the weapon and hands.

    It was gratifying to see that movement more than leveled the odds, and my training partner really wanted to win!

    Engaging the brain was so important, while most firearms training is fairly linear: "point that way and hit that", versus making decisions about when and IF to shoot, how to move and what other options exist.

    The stress inoculation of having someone competent intent on doing you harm and not only surviving but winning , is vital for future encounters.

    A person good at FOF will beat a competitive shooter who uses "square range" thinking almost every damn time. This is combatives with pistols and not marksmanship, and the pain factor teaches us a lot and reinforces the lessons.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Western WA
    Excellent post Jon.

    Talking about stuff is not as important as DOING stuff.
    Brent Yamamoto
    Suarez International Tier 1 Staff Instructor

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    DFW, Texas
    It’s amazing how folks will draw the line at any type of contact training or FoF.

    Benefits of real experiences via application of technique far outweigh a little short-term pain.

    Embrace the Suck, indeed.

    Be humble of character, warm of heart and kind. You will know when it's time to flip the switch and unleash the beast.

    CAUTION: You can't fix stupid.....

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