Three ways to Up Your Game at The Tactical Games

Three ways to Up Your Game at The Tactical Games

At The Tactical Games, we provide an atmosphere that is designed to place stress on the participant.  The stress is most often due to physical exhaustion or an athlete pushing to their lactic acid threshold, or it can be from lacking a technical skill or ability.  So, the stressors are technical, tactical, or physical.

There are three ways you can up your game and earn you spot on the podium at The Tactical Games:

  1. Increase your physical fitness.  The word fitness comes from two words, “fit” and the suffix “ness”.  Fit means a state of physical readiness.  Ness means the “state of being” So, if an athlete is measured in their level of fitness, they are being measured in the level of physical readiness and wellbeing.

We also have to add the element of physical duress.  We aren’t just measuring a level of “fit-ness” at rest and relaxation, we are measuring their level of “fit-ness” under a certain amount of stress and ambiguity ….which ads more stress.

By increasing your lactic acid threshold, you literally extend the time at which you are able to perform tasks at a higher level.  If your lactic acid threshold is higher than the “other guy’s” than you will probably complete the task before that competitor.

  1. Increase your marksmanship.  On top of testing a competitor’s fitness level, we add very specific tasks to the physical challenge.  We ask an athlete who is engaging in a very sympathetic nervous system-dominated activity, to purposely slow down their breathing and heart rate, and engage in an activity that requires fine motor skills; and that is shooting.

Shooting is a very precise activity and can be considered an art form when considered at its basest level.  Even an athlete’s heart beat can make the difference between a hit and a miss at distance.

The better marksmanship an athlete has developed, the better they will perform while under physical duress.  Increasing marksmanship is done, not through practice, but through perfect practice.  Proper application of the fundamentals and repeated performance of those movements will lead to increased levels of marksmanship.

  1. Increase your level of technical skill.  Although shooting is a technical skill, We are referring to all the “other tasks” an athlete performs around shooting.  This is where we see the greatest difference between novice shooters and professional shooters, or those who win and those who lose….providing everything else is equal.

Technical skills are things like sling manipulation, target acquisition, indexing between targets horizontally, shooting and moving, adjusting for target distance, or recoil during shooting.  Most of these skills can be taught, but for many athlete-shooters the only way they will achieve these technical skills is through putting rounds down range, quickly and accurately.

To raise you level of competence, you must incorporate drills that include each of these elements separately AND all together.  It does little good to practice magazine changes 1000 times if you never push the gun back out and reacquire a target.  However, you must practice magazine changes until you are proficient at them.  Then add the push to full presentation.

Shooting is a technically oriented activity.  And we all need to practice shooting.  But if you only ever work out, and you only ever shoot, and you never practice getting into a prone position from a dead run with a husafel stone, you are not putting it altogether, and you will come up short in the end.  Practice separate skills, but be sure to put it altogether while under physical duress and under a time constraint.  If you train this way, you WILL see improvement, and perhaps one day, you will look at some of the most amazing athletes the world has ever seen from up on The Tactical Games podium!



Tim Burke


The Tactical Games

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