When reason meets procedure…

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If you’ve read the CLM on conceptual learning, you know when I talk about procedural based learning (PBL) I have certain views on it.

One area where I truly believe in and practice it is in firearms.

The fine motor skills required to operate a firearm require PBL.  There is no question when you watch Aaron Cowan that PBL is the primary ingredient to firearms mastery.  Unlike martial art, firearms mastery is a different animal when it comes to neurology and how you learn.

During our course, we had one student who was firing, and suddenly ran out of ammunition and needed to do an emergency reload.  Aaron, ever the attentive range master, did his job.  ‘GET THAT GUN BACK UP’ ‘GET BACK IN THE FIGHT’ ‘GET YOUR WEAPON BACK UP’.

But, the student wanted to talk about what the issue was and what he was doing in order to get his pistol back into a firing condition.

In the CLM, we talk about EPL vs. PBL.  We talk about the blending of the two.

In some situations, one will be more effective than the other.  In a firearms situation, where we are focusing force through a firearm, PBL and learned procedure is vital. The student being addressed had not developed the neuropathways to create an effective reload and therefore was falling behind…they froze, they began to panic, they then began to reason…instead of act. If you have read our previous blog posts regarding the nature of panic at Moderno, you know we understand why this happens.

There is a time for EPL and a time for PBL. When you can’t afford time to do a vital task, you do not want to reason your way through it. You want it to be autonomic…

In martial art, we focus on the formula in our video ‘Technique Math’ posted below.  We recognize this level of neurological certainty.  So, we teach basics for procedure.

5 strikes and strike defenses

2 elbows

3 kicks

Basic ground fighting 

2 releases from grabs – arm grabs, chokes

Basic weapons work against blunt objects, knives, and firearms

Basics control holds

Mindset and Neurology

That is our PBL based learning.  We look at a lot of this in the Combative Striking Series, whic is on sale now for $30…

This ensures the student will learn the basics to fight.  After that, we use the EPL in order to focus on what the student has learned.  When the student is comfortable using these and they are embedded, we test them using the DPT.

Then we come back to these skill sets consistently to make sure they are fresh.  Beyond this, we make adaptation to combat fighting our primary goal.  We use theory and science to teach adaptation and create a thinking student, reinforce the lessons with the EPL, and then test them with the DPT.

This is the CLM.

There is a time for reason and there is a time for procedure.

The key is to recognize that time and the reason for it – and as we discussed in the CLM that recognition requires a strategy.


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