My interest in shooting sports started in 1966 when my father, a local law enforcement officer, introduced me to shooting and hunting. My interest in shooting sports with all types of firearms and archery equipment grew very rapidly from there. From these sports I learned discipline, self motivation, and the reward of training. Not mention I had a lot of fun!
When my two children became old enough to hunt and shoot, I discovered that being a boy in a rural community with a father who was an active shooter gave me opportunities to learn marksmanship skills no longer available to many. It was at this time of my life I decided to give back to the sport which had given me so much. In 1994 I became a NFAA Archery Instructor and in 1996, I became an NRA Firearms Instructor. I then set out to my share my love of shooting sports with as many people, young and old, as I could.
Teaching has been a very rewarding experience. I get so much enjoyment from seeing the success of my students. The beaming smile on a new shooter’s face when they succeed is the greatest reward an instructor can get. I meet many wonderful people, and oftentimes I learn as much from them as I teach them. My teaching style blends the seriousness necessary for the subject, humor to gain my student’s attention, and enthusiasm to affect my students in a positive way.
As I became more proficient as defensive shooter, I began to realize that the only solution I had was the firearm, and it often wasn’t the best solution. They say timing is everything and this is when I met Dave. Dave offered me opportunities for training and shared philosophies that have made me a better prepared instructor and individual.
We should be alert and aware enough to see potential problems ahead and either avoid them (the best victory is for the battle not fought) or prepare the solution that affords the least liability to ones self and loved ones. We should have a variety of solutions that allow us the flexibility to solve a problem without using force if possible. But we need to be ready, willing, and able to use force to defend ourselves and our loved ones when all else fails. We will go home with those we love at the end of the day.
Perhaps the values that I taught my children says it best.
I taught my son to be kind, treat others with respect and avoid confrontation when possible, but not to wronged or injured by others. Also, when necessary, defend himself, the weak, and the less fortunate, but to remember that any confrontation has consequences for all parties involved. And often even the winner loses something.
I taught my daughter to a strong, independent, alert, and wise young lady. Not to let society set how she should act or be treated. Not to live in fear, but be prepared, confident, observant and a predator’s worst nightmare if they picked her. When I sent her away to college I was confident that her personality would make many a bad guy pass on bothering her and she was prepared to see and deal with those who didn’t.