The Neuroscience of Practice and Training (Video)

This is a 5 minute video of at TED-Ed worth watching to get a better understanding of the neurophysiology behind valuable “practice”. The neuroscience of practice and training in general is a field I have studied in great detail over the last 10 to 15 years. Understanding the objective WHY behind techniques, gear and training

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Distance Education Through Our Expanded PDN Academy!

You might have noticed that we’ve expanded PDN Academy recently by adding a few classes to the offerings at the PDN Academy Distance Education Page. These three new courses are just the beginning of the dramatically expanded catalogue we have planned for 2017. I’ve long been a believer in the concept of distance education, especially

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Quality Defensive Training Can Be a Toss Up

Many folks leave their defensive practice to chance and actually spend very little time doing anything other than target shooting. Those folks show up a the range and send some rounds down range and hope that there will be some benefit. There is a better way and, oddly enough, it can also be practiced by the toss of a coin.

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The 42 Most Important Ideas In Defensive Tactical Shooting

it’s not easy to talk about the most important terms and concepts in the world of defensive shooting — because it’s a little difficult to judge what makes something important! There are, certainly, a lot of things we can talk about which are valuable or which are significant to defensive shooting in some way. These are generally thought of as the things we do, or want to do, or need to have when preparing to defend ourselves with a firearm. They’re important to know. At the same time there are some ideas which are very prevalent in the field, but which aren’t really valuable or are routinely misunderstood. This series of articles, then, is going to look at both sides of the importance equation: those things which have positive importance (good to know and do), as well as those things with negative importance (good to know and avoid.)

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Unintentional Discharges: The Mutant Cousin Under the Basement Stairs

I would like to discuss something that, in firearms instructing circles, seems to be the metaphorical mutant cousin living under the basement stairs. It’s something that many instructors (and shooters) want to believe doesn’t exist. When it rears its ugly head every now and then, they belittle, blame and condemn, then force the little monster

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