The two foundational elements of a tactical athlete are shooting and fitness. Both of these abilities work in tandem to make a tactical athlete harder to kill, and more effective as a warrior. These two elements co-exist one feeding the other. If a person is a shooter, but not an athlete, when their heart rate elevates due to stress of activity, eventually the skill sets deteriorate. So, fitness is an essential part of being a tactical athlete. Shooting is critical but is not enough to make you elite. In short, a fat guy can shoot, he just can’t chase the enemy or run from a bad situation. On the other hand, you can be an Olympic-level athlete, but die quickly because you have no ability to shoot or defend yourself. The goal should be to achieve and maintain an ability to shoot well under duress, but also to achieve and maintain a high level of fitness to allow you to shoot in extreme circumstances. Ultimately, everyone loses fine motor skills if their heart rate rises enough, so we obtain a higher level of fitness to push our ability to shoot under stress to a much higher degree than most. For this purpose, we have developed The Tactical Games University to teach these fundamentals.
The Basic Tactical Games Course introduces shooters to the fundamentals of fitness and shooting as a combined discipline. Attendees will receive classes on health, fitness, diet, physical fitness programming and strategies for increasing their tactically oriented fitness. This course also teaches the fundamental tactics and techniques used to navigate an combat environment under in a stressful scenario.
Each day at the University is broken down into training sessions. The early morning sessions focus on fitness, diet, and programming. The Afternoons and evening sessions focus on shooting techniques, strategies, and specifically designed stress evaluations, or shooting and moving drills. These drills will push both the shooting ability as well as the fitness ability of the participants.
Skills covered in the 5- day basic course:
- Exercise physiology
- Neuro-physiology (how to design training)
- Pistol Marksmanship
- Rifle Marksmanship
- Shooting while moving
- Physiological breath control in shooting
Throughout the course, the participants are continually exposed to the warrior mindset. Situational awareness along with constant tactical thought is explained and put into action.
Sample day in the Basic Tactical Games Course:
- Morning fitness training: 0600 – 0730
- Fitness Classes: 0900-1130
- Shooting Techniques: 1230-1600
- Stress Evals/Fun Shoots: 1600-1930
- Night shooting techniques: 2100-2200