Saturday, September 5, 2009

Developing A Killer Mindset

Developing A Killer Mindset

Throughout my career, my assignments have always had a need to develop a killer instinct mindset in myself or my team mates. This was a real eye opener at first because it was this training that REALLY exposed my weaknesses. I learned how passive I naturally am and that I was more of a “flincher” than many of my peers in the industry. I’ve always been the happy, nice guy who just happens to have a great work ethic.

While being professional is a given… can you see how being a passive, happy, nice guy with a tendency to flinch, could be an issue in Close Protection, Military Police, Corrections and Counter Terrorism work? Me too.

Well, thanks to some GREAT mentors in the Military and Gov’t agencies – I was trained in a manner that helped me overcome those issues… and come home to my family, time after time.

Let’s talk about training. When I work as someones adult combatives / self defense instructor, we will train on grass… cement… dirt… etc. We’ll train in houses and apartments too. As my student, training will be uncomfortable. First it will be physically uncomfortable and then mentally. My job is to build realism into your training program and at times, take you to “dark places”. That way, if you’re ever taken there by an attacker… it won’t be your first time.

Remember, killing an attacker becomes more difficult the more personal it becomes. For example, shooting an attacker is easier for most warriors that stabbing or choking them. So – I know that if I can train you to stab or choke an attacker… I can be confident that you’ll be able to shoot an attacker if needed.

Now, a professional needs to be balanced. After I became proficient in Combatives and then an Instructor, I set a goal to become a specialist in de-escalation & communication. Eventually becoming a nationally certified instructor in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and developing a reputation “in the field” of being one of the calmest individuals around.

To wrap this up, develop your killer instinct through consistent physical training. Also read books on the subject of killing and watch dvd and/or listen to cd’s. Study materials from Dave Grossman; Tony Blauer, Richard Grannon & Rich Dimitri.

Finally, remember to keep mentally & spiritually balanced!

Brian K. Allen is a coach, trainer and entrepreneur in Arizona. For
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