Glad for My Toolbox: Car Evolution Minnesota ECQC 2017

| June 19, 2017 | 1 Comments

One of the things that polarize personal safety instructors is the phrase, “another tool for the toolbox.”

Instructors that use this phrase believe that it’s important to have more than one way of doing something. They may believe this due to teaching several different types of people with different capabilities, needs, or circumstances. They may believe that a contingency technique may be needed when the “high percentage” technique they usually recommend fails.

Instructors that dislike this phrase believe it’s a cop-out for lower quality teaching. If all techniques are high percentage, than the need for contingency techniques diminish. Some believe that the brain is incapable of making on-the-fly decisions during stress, and it’s best to train one (or at most two) ways of doing something. This is the “decision trunk” philosophy instead of a “decision tree.”

As a fight-focused student, you should careĀ very little about how your instructors feel about Tools for the Toolbox. What you should be concerned about is learning as much as you can, and then applying what you’ve learned under varying degrees of stress and opposition. Fill your toolbox so full of tools that you need to bring a rolling tool chest along instead.

Only then can you decide what works for you now, what may work for you with more effort, and what will not work for you.

In this footage from one of my car evolutions at the 2017 Minnesota ECQC class taught by Craig Douglas of Shivworks, I employ several techniques from several instructors. Most of what you see was performed at the bottom of a decision tree as I perceived opportunities opening and closing. Alternate weapon deployment, on-the-fly targeting decisions, the use of a shin shear while seated — these are all things that were “tools in my toolbox” and not part of my initial plan.

In some cases, I was not even aware that I did some of these techniques. I had no idea that I performed the shin shear from Fletch Fuller at ReadyUp Training until I watched the footage.

The ability to spontaneously and creatively chain together self defense techniques is forged from exposure to a variety of different things. Being free from dogma enables you to put them together, and potentially save your ass or take the fight to the bad guy.

After attending my third ECQC and participating in hundreds of force on force training scenarios, it is clear to me that no encounter is ever the same, and things seldom go as planned.

I encourage you to put “more tools in your toolbox.” Expand your capabilities, and learn many ways of doing the same thing. You never know what you might pull off inside of a car with a knife and a gun in your hands.

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Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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  1. Sunshine_Shooter says:

    I totally agree. The people who think that a person can know too many things or too many ways to do a thing are criminally underestimating the human brain.

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