William Aprill’s UNTHINKABLE 3×3 Review

| December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

We spend a lot of time training for The Fight™. We fixate on weaponry, gear, accessories, draw stroke, trigger press, sight picture, grappling, low light, etc etc etc.

And we should! All of those things are important.

We spend a lot less time training for the “pre-encounter” and “post-encounter” phases. Pre-encounter could be how to carry oneself to avoid being “selected” as a target, how to talk to a stranger, how to avoid, deescalate, escape, and evade an encounter, and so on.

Whether we know it or not, we spend more time in the pre-encounter phase than we do any other.

William Aprill’s famous “Unthinkable” class is almost entirely pre-encounter. This 8-hour lecture and hands-on course is based on William’s career as a former law enforcement officer, and a practicing mental health care professional.  This class address the mindset of a Violent Criminal Actor (VCA), what they look for in a victim, how they think, and what we can do to mitigate our chances of being selected.

Here’s my 3×3 review, which discusses the top 3 things covered in class, the top 3 things I learned, and the top 3 things I’m going to change.

The class was comprised of 13 students, 9 male and 4 female. I estimate that only 50% of the attendees carry on a regular basis; I think that only 40% or so carry every day.

Four of the attendees did not own a firearm.

I was glad to see such a diverse crowd in this class. Like my other attempts at “non-fighting” classes (e.g., LHGK’s trauma class), I hope to see more newcomers than the friends I’ve made in fight-focused training. Not everyone is interested in carrying a weapon — and frankly, a lot of people aren’t cut out for it.

However, classes like Unthinkable are important for everyone, regardless of age, capability, mindset, or intent. We are sending out data about ourselves to criminals all the time, and Unthinkable helps us understand what’s going on so we can be more in control of the “messages” we transmit.

We were honored to host William last weekend, and I highly recommend Unthinkable to anyone.

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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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