That’s When the Work Shows

I just returned from a trip to Spokane, Washington where my son competed in the Junior National Olympic weight lifting competition. He is a sponsored Crossfit athlete and has done well and competed in the top of every category in which he has entered.

Both in Spokane, as well as in his Crossfit Tournaments, I watch my son do amazing things, and remember that just a short time ago he was small enough to hold in my arms. Things sure have changed. At 165 pounds of body weight, he is snatching 235 pounds overhead, and lifting nearly 275 pounds in his Clean and Jerk. The temptation when watching him is to fall into the trap of being excited about his performance that day. Although he always does well, the day of competition is NOT when he won the competition. He won it at 0430 in the morning for the last 14 months as he got out of bed and did his morning lifts in garage, smashing the weights onto the floor and shaking the entire house. Then again, around dinnertime, he would perform another 90 minutes to 2 hours of work. He doesn’t win his competitions on the day of the competition, he wins them in the countless hours of preparation, sweat, study, and hard work he has already put in.

The same is true of a tactical athlete. A tactical athlete doesn’t win the fight on the day of the fight, he already won the fight on the shooting range, in the gym, while performing maintenance, and while preparing mentally for the day that would surely come. A tactical athlete wins the fight long before the fight happens, through preparation.

Some years ago, I taught combatives as a Green Beret to other Green Berets. Combatives is simply military fighting or martial arts for those who don’t have the time to learn to count in another language. In one of these courses, a Captain told me, “If I am mad enough, there isn’t a person alive I can’t beat!” I was stunned by his naivete. I asked him some questions and he said he could beat me in a fight. I was dumbfounded. He then challenged me to a “fight” in a controlled environment. The result was that I beat him down until he was blowing snot and bleeding. Although larger than I, and maybe smarter than I, I beat him rather easily. It wasn’t because I was a better man, it was because I was a better fighter. And I was only a better fighter because I had put A LOT of time into training. I didn’t win that fight out on the range that day, I had already won the fight during the countless hours of preparation, study, and training.

This mindset transfers into the world of personal security and combat. If you aren’t proficient with your concealed carry firearm, more than likely it will be taken from you and used against you when “that day” comes. You owe it to yourself to practice, get training, and practice more. Carrying a firearm isn’t just about having the gun. It is also about how to use it. And it isn’t just about how to use it, but also about being willing to use it. Whether for self-protection or combat operations, the fight is generally won in the days, weeks, months, and years of physical and mental preparation PRIOR to the fight.

There are a lot of firearms instructors and various courses available throughout the US. If you are going to carry a firearm, compete with firearms, or go to combat, you should be focused on preparing for “that day” to come. If you have put in the time and put in the work, you have a far greater chance of coming out of it alive, than the person who lives “blind”, assuming it will never happen to them.

The fight is won before you enter the ring.

 

Tim Burke
Founder/CEO The Tactical Games

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