Have you ever attended a departmental control tactics training or a martial arts session and came out wondering if you actually accomplished anything? Me too!
This is super common because we often practice without much conscience thought beyond repeating the techniques demonstrated by the instructor. My tip for this month is to encourage you to be PRESENT during your training sessions and start training with intent!
If you want to make the most out of your training and transform your control tactics skillset, have a goal in mind for every session. Ask questions about how the techniques being taught could intersect with the concepts you are working on.
Let’s say, for example, your goal for the week is to work on your takedowns. Even if the session is about applying a “Kimura” shoulder lock from side control, you can think about what takedowns would allow for a seamless transition to this position (by the way, you should also think about how that technique can transition into a cuffing position).
If your training sessions include sparring or “rolling” (live grappling), you most definitely want to use this as an opportunity to implement your goals for the day (or week or month). Maybe you decide you will focus on one particular sequence of techniques during all of your rounds with various training partners.
It will feel weird at first, maybe even frustrating. But trust me, this goal-oriented training will pay off significantly faster and better than random practice. It’s easy to spend hours training and come out with no real progress or growth. Don’t fall into this trap.
Next time you step into a training room, whether it is through your department or outside the agency (which I strongly recommend), have a goal in mind and practice with intent. You’ll find remarkable results in your long-term performance!
Be safe and go train!