Force Concepts Training Council https://forceconceptstraining.com Training Today's Professionals for Tomorrow's Challenges Fri, 04 Dec 2020 12:28:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.185/k5a.5af.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FCTC-Shield-Alone-100x100.png Force Concepts Training Council https://forceconceptstraining.com 32 32 155481243 The Hot Pot Exercise https://forceconceptstraining.com/the-hot-pot-exercise/ Fri, 04 Dec 2020 12:28:26 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=55237 The “Hot Pot Exercise” is a means of explaining how perception influences the decision-making process. This is especially important when presenting to the trier of fact (which could be the judge and jury). Force events are personal encounters others often have great difficulty understanding. Most choose to apply their own background, training and experience to […]

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The “Hot Pot Exercise” is a means of explaining how perception influences the decision-making process. This is especially important when presenting to the trier of fact (which could be the judge and jury). Force events are personal encounters others often have great difficulty understanding. Most choose to apply their own background, training and experience to the situation, instead of considering that of the individuals involved. The Hot Pot Exercise helps people better explain perception and and fear and their impact of the force decision-making process.

Fear is a primary element of every force event. However, fear is very personal and often misunderstood or not properly investigated. Both professional investigators and instructors should understand how perception and fear influence the decision-making process. The Hot Pot Exercise will empower you to interpret case information, as well as relate that information to others. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.” After listening to this episode, you will be able to explain perception and fear to anyone.

 


Other Episodes You May Like

The O-O-D-A Loop | A Look into Boyd’s Cycle

Stand Your Ground | Beyond The Myths – 007


Be sure to check out the PI Answerman podcast also!

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The Rayshard Brooks Shooting: Looking Past The Media https://forceconceptstraining.com/the-rayshard-brooks-shooting-looking-past-the-media/ https://forceconceptstraining.com/the-rayshard-brooks-shooting-looking-past-the-media/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2020 18:10:10 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=55112 The shooting of Rayshard Brooks is a situation that demands we look past the media coverage. The loss of life is tragic, especially when it is at the hands of another human being. Mr. Brooks death is no different. I recognize the significance of the fact a man is dead. However, we must have the […]

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The shooting of Rayshard Brooks is a situation that demands we look past the media coverage. The loss of life is tragic, especially when it is at the hands of another human being. Mr. Brooks death is no different. I recognize the significance of the fact a man is dead. However, we must have the courage to seek the truth about what happened. We have to ensure we consider everything we can prior to making any decisions, or forming any opinions. To accomplish this, we must allow the investigation to be completed. We cannot rush to judgement and turn this into something it very well may not be. By that I mean a race issue.

I have been following the development of the Rayshard Brooks investigation. I can tell you that I was seriously troubled by the press conference I saw Fulton County (GA) District Attorney Paul Howard provide. During his press conference, Mr. Howard presented and discussed the facts that enabled him to charge the officers in the shooting death of Mr. Brooks. The eleven charges filed against Officer Garrett Rolfe included felony murder and aggravated assault, with a deadly weapon.

During this episode, I am going to thoroughly discuss the information provided by Mr. Howard. I will address how he overlooks Rayshard Brooks’ violent actions and cherry picks the information he will use to support his charging of Officer Rolfe and Officer Brosnan. Mr. Howard makes one reference to the officer’s fear, but it is clear he, nor anyone on his team, understands how to investigate fear. 

Once I finish reviewing the information provided by Mr. Howard, I will discuss the questions we should be asking and the information we should be considering before we form our final opinions. We must consider the facts and not base our opinions on pure emotion.


Other Episodes You May Like

The Hot Pot Theory | Explaining Perception

Terminology | Defining Force

 

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Scanning | The Art of Seeing https://forceconceptstraining.com/scanning/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:30:25 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=53652 Scanning has become more of an exercise of action rather than a focused effort to see. Shooters must focus on developing this life saving skill.

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Scanning is a concept that is being presented in almost every quality firearms training program. Unfortunately, it has become more of an exercise of action rather than an effort to see. By this, I mean, I have witnessed shooters “go through the motions” of scanning following the shooting drill. However, they did not make any dedicated effort to scan the area for individuals, objects, or threats.

First, you must consider which is more important, seeing or shooting? I believe the obvious answer is seeing. Second, you have to think about what it takes to actually see something. It is safe to say it is not merely the action of moving one’s eyes to and past specific areas. Lastly, you have to recognize seeing everything is a significant challenge, especially under combat stress. The goal is to see and identify the things in our environment. The threats presented to us, our loved ones, or those around us. Thus the need for scanning.

Most instructors use shoot/don’t shoot targets to force the shooter to make seeing a critical element of the force decision-making process. However, the issue I see on the range is associated with the scanning of the environment following the shooting drills. People are merely going through the motions. They are scanning, but they are not looking, which means they are not seeing.

During today’s episode, I discuss this issue and the real-world applications of scanning.


Related Episodes

Dummy Round Training

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Dummy Round Training https://forceconceptstraining.com/dummy-round-training/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:00:50 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=53431 During this episode of Force Concepts, we will discuss the dummy round. We will consider what they are and how they can be incorporated into your firearms training programs. Every shooter should be using inert rounds in the course of their firearms training. Most, if not all, firearms instructors include these training cartridges in the […]

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During this episode of Force Concepts, we will discuss the dummy round. We will consider what they are and how they can be incorporated into your firearms training programs. Every shooter should be using inert rounds in the course of their firearms training. Most, if not all, firearms instructors include these training cartridges in the programs they present.

They are relatively inexpensive training aids that will assist you with developing safe firearm handling skills. For example, dummy rounds can be used by the new shooter to enhance their ability to safely load and unload their weapons. On the other hand, these rounds can be used by the more advanced shooters to practice malfunction drills and forced weapon transitions.

Don’t be fooled by the name. Their use has absolutely nothing to do with a person’s intelligence. Instead, they are inert cartridges that enable the shooter to work with their firearm in a safe manner. They also enable the shooter to induce malfunctions in a safe way. Dummy Rounds are available in a variety of caliber sizes. That is to say, you can use them in your tactical rifle, shotgun and handgun. 

 


Related Articles

Dummy Rounds | A Training Must

 


Equipment Mentioned

Dummy Rounds – on Amazon.com

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Trigger Finger Discipline https://forceconceptstraining.com/trigger-finger-discipline/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 20:43:01 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=53405 During this episode, we will discuss trigger finger discipline. I am sure you’ve heard the horror stories about the person being shot while cleaning their handgun. Perhaps you heard the story about the individual whose gun went off at the gun show? What do all of these stories have in common? Someone placed their finger […]

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During this episode, we will discuss trigger finger discipline. I am sure you’ve heard the horror stories about the person being shot while cleaning their handgun. Perhaps you heard the story about the individual whose gun went off at the gun show? What do all of these stories have in common? Someone placed their finger on the trigger and subsequently depressed it all the way to the rear. Handguns do not shoot themselves. That is why trigger finger discipline is a critical element of firearm safety. Where should that finger be? What should you do to train yourself to perform that way?

Believe it or not, your trigger finger discipline tells people a lot about your weapon familiarization and safety. Quality range instructors will verify this discipline amongst their participants before allowing them onto the firing range. If someone cannot maintain this discipline with an unloaded weapon in a controlled environment, they should not be permitted on the live-fire range.

WARNING: NO LIVE AMMUNITION! Do NOT attempt to manipulate your firearm during this episode without first ensuring the weapon is not loaded. You should also verify there is no live ammunition in the room with you while handling your handgun.


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Slow Is Smooth & Smooth Becomes Fast! – 005


Related Articles

Dummy Rounds | A Training Must

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Cooper’s Colors | Levels of Awareness https://forceconceptstraining.com/coopers-colors/ https://forceconceptstraining.com/coopers-colors/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:50:53 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=51911 Cooper’s Colors is a concept developed by Lt. Colonel Jeff Cooper. He was a combat veteran of both WW II and the Korean War. Lt. Colonel Cooper also founded the American Pistol Institute (API), better known as Gunsite. Law enforcement, military, and civilian instructors around the world use this concept to explain levels of awareness. […]

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Cooper’s Colors is a concept developed by Lt. Colonel Jeff Cooper. He was a combat veteran of both WW II and the Korean War. Lt. Colonel Cooper also founded the American Pistol Institute (API), better known as Gunsite.

Law enforcement, military, and civilian instructors around the world use this concept to explain levels of awareness. The model identifies various levels of awareness and combines them with intensifying colors. As a result, the color references have proven to empower individuals with a better ability to learn and remember the awareness levels concept. The colors describe situational awareness, environmental awareness, and more. 

First, Lt. Colonel Cooper used the colors white, yellow, orange, and red to demonstrate intensifying degrees of awareness. Secondly, he provided easy to understand description for each of Cooper’s Colors. Most importantly, instructors are able to apply Cooper’s Colors easily to everyday situations and critical incidents.

Above all, the concept emphasizes the levels of awareness are a mental process, not a physical one. Therefore, anyone can apply Cooper’s Colors to their self-defense training. That’s to say, you do not need weapons to use this concept. Everyone considering their level of awareness for self-defense can easily understand the color references.


Episode Resources

History of Lt. Colonel Jeff Cooper

Gunsite Academy


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The O-O-D-A Loop | A Look Into Boyd’s Cycle

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The O-O-D-A Loop | A Look into Boyd’s Cycle https://forceconceptstraining.com/the-o-o-d-a-loop/ Sat, 07 Sep 2019 15:22:14 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=51892 The O-O-D-A Loop is a widely recognized and frequently discussed element of combat training. Military strategist and US Air Force Pilot Colonel John Boyd was the first person to articulate and document the human decision-making cycle in combat. His studies and experiences led him to develop Boyd’s Cycle, better known as the O-O-D-A Loop. Colonel […]

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The O-O-D-A Loop is a widely recognized and frequently discussed element of combat training. Military strategist and US Air Force Pilot Colonel John Boyd was the first person to articulate and document the human decision-making cycle in combat. His studies and experiences led him to develop Boyd’s Cycle, better known as the O-O-D-A Loop.

Colonel Boyd applied this concept. He would get into his opponent’s decision-making process so fast that he would force them to make the decisions and take actions he wanted them to. This led to his unrivaled success in combat. It is said that he never lost a dog-fight in a fighter plane and would consistently win bets in under one minute. This led to Col. Boyd being given the nickname 40-Second Boyd.

Col. Boyd initially studied ground combat. He noted the successful unit presented a series of unexpected and threatening situations the opponent couldn’t keep pace with. Eventually, the slower side was always defeated, even if they were the larger, stronger, and better-equipped unit. Col. Boyd’s theory indicated combat could be seen in a time competitive environment that was cyclic in nature.

Colonel Boyd developed a concept that is being used by law enforcement, military, and civilian trainers. Each instructor may explain the loop differently, but the essential meaning remains consistently the same. This is the process you must go through or interrupt to win during combat.

In today’s show, I will discuss the elements of the O-O-D-A loop and how you should consider applying them. Likewise, I will touch on using this concept to interfere with or interrupt your opponent’s loop.

O-O-D-A Loop Graphic


Episode Resources

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art of War


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Slow is Smooth & Smooth Becomes Fast – Podcast

Slow is Smooth & Smooth Becomes Fast – Article

Dummy Rounds | A Training Must – Article

 

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The Will to Kill – Dangerous or Required https://forceconceptstraining.com/the-will-to-kill-dangerous-or-required/ https://forceconceptstraining.com/the-will-to-kill-dangerous-or-required/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:28:37 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=51826 The will to kill is a concept few want to discuss, but it’s as important and your ability to recognize a threat. The act of self-defense requires a person to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for combat. However, there is a significant difference between training and real-world applications. The warrior must hone his or her […]

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The will to kill is a concept few want to discuss, but it’s as important and your ability to recognize a threat. The act of self-defense requires a person to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for combat. However, there is a significant difference between training and real-world applications. The warrior must hone his or her skills to a razor’s edge and take their minds and bodies to places few are willing to go. Not only do you have to train for the actions you must take, but you must be willing to take them. Winning a combat event demands this of you and so much more. Do you have the will to kill?

During today’s episode, I discuss the mental preparation required for winning a life or death encounter. Hesitation at the moment of truth can be the difference between living and dying. That is why it is essential for you to consider not only what you will do, but what the effect your actions will have on the other person when you do them. You must accept this before the event ever takes place. ARE YOU WILLING?

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The Hot Pot Theory | Explaining Perception https://forceconceptstraining.com/hot-pot-theory/ Sat, 09 Mar 2019 16:42:26 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=51779 The Hot Pot Theory is a means of explaining the impact perception has on the decision making process. Force events are personal encounters others often have great difficulty understanding. Most choose to apply their own background and experience to the situation, instead of considering that of the individuals involved. This theory or concept helps people […]

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The Hot Pot Theory is a means of explaining the impact perception has on the decision making process. Force events are personal encounters others often have great difficulty understanding. Most choose to apply their own background and experience to the situation, instead of considering that of the individuals involved. This theory or concept helps people better explain perception and its impact of the decision making process.

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Personal Safety | Refuse To Be A Victim https://forceconceptstraining.com/personal-safety/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 20:46:49 +0000 https://forceconceptstraining.com/?p=51706 Personal safety is the responsibility of every individual. It is a statistical fact that more times than not the “Bad Guy” is seeking a specific type. He, or sometimes she, is looking for that person who screams like the donkey from Shrek…”PICK ME! I’M A VICTIM, PICK ME!” Many feel that the police or security […]

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Personal safety is the responsibility of every individual. It is a statistical fact that more times than not the “Bad Guy” is seeking a specific type. He, or sometimes she, is looking for that person who screams like the donkey from Shrek…”PICK ME! I’M A VICTIM, PICK ME!” Many feel that the police or security officer should keep them safe. However, there is a lot of truth in the saying, “When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.” Most of the time the police officers and security officers are merely responding to the request for help. It is rare that the officer just happens to be at the right place at the right time. Don’t get me wrong. It does happen, but it’s rare.

Your personal safety is your responsibility. You do not have to want to fight, but you have to be prepared to fight. In fact, you may need to be ready to fight for your life. Now, I do not want you to become paranoid and think everyone is out to get you. That would become stressful! There are many good people in this world, but there are also some evil people as well. Here are a few some simple things you can all do to stay safe:

 

Developing Your Personal Safety Strategy

 

Personal Safety Awareness

One of the essential components of personal safety is “awareness.” Learn to recognize locations to avoid and people to steer clear of. Think about where you park, the lighting in the area, how populated is it, etc. Listen to the intuition God gave you. You know, that feeling that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. If there is something that makes you nervous, AVOID IT! It is always best to avoid a situation if you can. Example: Leaving the mall at night is a significant concern for many. Especially parents who have children working there until closing. When preparing to exit the mall, look around outside before you exit. Identify people who concern you and avoid them. If something feels wrong, have security or law enforcement escort you out.

Personal Safety Preparation

Think about situations you may face and develop a strategy for dealing with them. Perhaps you have decided to arm yourself with some personal protection device, such as pepper spray, or a TASER® weapon. Having them in your pocket or purse may make you feel better, but are you prepared to use them? I remember asking a woman to show me her car keys. She spent a significant amount of time digging through her purse to find them. If you have to do this for the personal protection device, the encounter will be over before you can implement your safety strategy.

If you carry a large purse and are exiting the store at night, have your hand in your purse with the personal protection device in your hand and ready for use. Once you arrive at your vehicle and you are confident there is no immediate threat to your safety, release the item and immediately retrieve your keys to enter the car. (God I pray you won’t have to dig for them again.) Once in the car, lock the doors.

Personal Safety Training

One of the critical elements of being aware and prepared is training. In fact, it is one of the essential aspects of your personal safety strategy. You have to receive training to enhance your awareness. Through your training, you will become prepared to recognize and avoid dangerous situations. You also become ready to deal with events you cannot avoid. If you carry the personal protection device, then you should have received training on how and when to use it.

Perhaps you decided that your personal protection device will be a firearm. A firearm will not do you any good in the glove compartment of your car when you are exiting the mall. Therefore, it needs to be on your person, and that requires specific licensing in most if not all states. You will need to attend a training course on carrying a concealed weapon so you develop your knowledge of the law regarding carrying and using the firearm. More importantly, the training you take should provide you with the opportunity to develop shooting skills needed to safely implement that weapon as a part of your personal safety strategy. Physical self-defense skills are also another consideration. Physical contact is a less desirable solution, but one that may be required. If it is necessary, it will take training to prepare you for what you may be forced to do.

There are many different solutions to any given problem. You have to consider what you are willing to do as well as what you are capable of doing. Remember, Be Aware, Be Prepared, & Get Training! You can REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM!


Additional Resources

Handgun Selection | What Should You Consider

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