In the tactical world, the word instructor is widely overused and has become an over-saturated description for many people. The meaning has become null in the sense that instructing and teaching are two very different approaches to the problem and the solution. For real world applications (high treat) instructing the solution isn’t enough as to teach the problem.
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This article is neither about a specific rule nor specific ways of doing specific things. Like anything in life there are dozens of paths to one destination, it´s all about efficiency and safety that sets the difference. These ‘rules’ are more of a reminder of things that many forget or they are not aware of. In this series of articles, we will discuss 10 of the most important, unwritten, rules of CQB. Warning, this article is very in depth and provides a lot of information.
Your brain is like a forest. When you were a kid, it was dense & grassy without any paths or traces. As you grew up learning new skills, experiencing and interacting with your environment you began to work and do things in a consistent pattern – basically creating distinctive paths in your brain to perform or complete different tasks (motor how to load a pistol forexample). the more you repeat the task and receive feedback about that certain task, the faster, quicker and instinctive finding that way from A to B in your "brain's forest" to that task it is going to be. As you probably experienced before, when walking outdoor, humans like to walk comfortable visually & welcoming paths. If we take this statement into the forest metaphor,The less you practice, the less feedback you receive (among few other crucial processes) the less clearer or welcoming the path to a certain skill is going to be. in addition, less used or experienced skills are rendered less usable unless being deliberately chosen,something that is a luxury when human limitations kicking in.
To learn a simple movement it takes 300-500 repetitions. To change the learned procedure it takes about 5000-7000 reps and as soon as you get tired you fall back into the old pattern.
This may come out of a sports related context but is also expressive for combat.