The FNG, Again

| August 18, 2016 | 1 Comments

For about two years I knew I had a gap in my self-defense training: fighting on the ground.

I attempted to gradually fill this gap with one-off classes like ECQC from Shivworks, or seminar-style training like the classes taught by Cecil Burch of Immediate Action Combatives at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference.

Deep down I knew I needed more regular instruction. This week I started my journey into Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

I admit, there was a small voice in the back of my head that told me I didn’t really need to go. If I just did more one-at-a-time instruction and watched some videos I would get “good enough.” The little voice said I didn’t need to go into a strange building full of strangers, shed myself of every tool I’ve spent significant time and expense learning to use, don little more than a ruggedized set of pajamas, and start from scratch.

Become the fucking new guy, again.

It is humbling to go from knowing a lot to knowing very little.

“Don’t talk about it, be about it” is one of my favorite sayings. What kind of person would I be if I knew about this deficiency, but chose not to fix it? Shut your mouth, Little Voice, we have work to do.

Our worst enemy is not the mugger, the home invader, the politician, or an active shooter : it is our ego.

Press forward.

About the Author:

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. Chris says:

    I came to a similar conclusion myself in the last year. Starting BJJ has really been a godsend from a fitness standpoint as well as making new friends. Unexpectedly I have met guys and gals who have a vested interested in personal responsibility for their own self protection with further interest in firearms and fight focused training. So in addition to feeling better physically and learning useful skills that are applicable to my own defense, I’ve found some great training partners who I might not have ever run into by just spending time just pursing firearms based ventures. I’ve also met people who have been interested in shooting, but did not know exactly how to get started and it has been nice sharing my firearms background with them and getting them started on their own new path. I wish you all the best.

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